Guide to the Florida Virginia Hill James Papers 1909-1950
Cage 41

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
James, Florida Virginia Hill
Title
Florida Virginia Hill James Papers
ID
Cage 41
Date [inclusive]
1909-1950
Extent
820.0 items.
General Physical Description note
2 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, diaries, photographs and other papers of a student at the University of Oregon and the University of Southern California, 1918-1922; school teacher, 1923-1930; and rural housewife in Whitman County. Included are correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and legal and financial papers of other members of the Hill and James families.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 41, Florida Virginia Hill James Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Florida Hill, born in 1896, the daughter of a Palouse, Washington wheat farmer, lived in eastern Washington until 1917 when she and her widowed mother moved to Eugene, Oregon, where Florida enrolled as a student at the University of Oregon. In 1920 both moved to Los Angeles where Florida finished her college work at the University of Southern California and taught in the public schools of Pomona, California. About a year after her marriage to Arthur James (1929) she returned to the Palouse Country.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers consist primarily of Florida's intermittent diaries and correspondence from friends and family, which includes her letters to her sister Bess. In addition, photographs of the Hill and James families; memorabilia of the Hill Family; papers of Arthur James concerning his wartime experiences and employment as a railroad brakeman and conductor; correspondence of Marylin James, and photographs of Colfax and Palouse scenes, are included in the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1972

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers were assembled by Florida's son, Glen James, b. 1937, who donated the material to the Washington State University Library in 1960. A further donation of Arthur J. James' papers was added to this collection in August, 1975.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Oregon--Students--Diaries
  • University of Southern California--Students -- Diaries

Family Name(s)

  • Hill family
  • James family

Personal Name(s)

  • James, Florida Virginia Hill --Archives
  • James, Glen. waps

Subject(s)

  • Country life -- Washington (State)--Whitman County--History--Sources
  • Home and Family
  • Photographs
  • Transportation
  • Washington (State)

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General note

Trainmen's Schedule

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Collection Inventory

Box

Correspondence 1909-1950   350 items.

1

Series 1: Diaries   9.0 items.

Box

Colfax 1912 

2

Eugene 1918 

2

Los Angeles 1920 1925 

2

Palouse 1935 

2

fragments 1930 

2

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Box

Memoranda and address books.   5.0 items.

2

Child's autograph book   1.0 item.

2

Culver City, California, real estate papers 1925-1940   30 items.

2

Programs and announcements, commencements and weddings 1911-1935   20 items.

2

Series 2: Diaries (donated in 1974) 

Box

Unknown rancher 1889-1890 

2

Besse Hill, Colfax 1912 

2

Florida Hill, Eugene 1919 

2

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Box

Genealogy, deeds and abstracts, grade cards, bank statements, ration books and other memorabilia of the Hill and James families 1911-1945   35 items.

3

Employment and union papers, insurance policies, service records and other papers of Arthur James 1912-1922   50 items.

3

Correspondence of Marylin James 1946-1947   50 items.

3

Sketch scripts, poetry and essays by Florida James undated   10 items.

3

Series 3: Photographs   250 items.

Box

Members of the Hill and James families (some identified) 

4

The Palouse farm and the Colfax area 

4

The Los Angeles home 

4

World War I servicemen's snapshots of Arthur James 

4

Hop picking crew 1915 

4

A Ku Klux Klan rally near Colfax 1925 

4

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Series 4: James, Arthur J. (Addition of 21 August 1975) 

Box

Papers 1925-1956   120.0 items.

4

Receipt book and miscellaneous invoices, receipts and other papers. 

4

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