Guide to the Knute Hill Papers 1909-1963
Cage 194

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Hill, Knute
Knute Hill Papers
Cage 194
Date [inclusive]
16.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
8 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence and printed material relating to Hill's activities as school teacher, administrator, legislator; United States Representative, speaker to secular and religious groups, author of "Letters to the Editor" in diverse newspapers, Indian agency superintendent, Radio Farm Program reporter and commentator, and consulting appraiser for the Columbia Basin Project.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 194, Knute Hill Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

1876 Born, Creston, Illinois
1906 LLB. University of Wisconsin
1908 Lawyer, Eau Clair, Wisconsin
Married Helen Jensen, deceased 1936
1911 Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, public schools of Benton County, Washington
1923 Farmer, Lecturer of the Grange
1927 Representative, Washington State Legislature
1933 Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1943)
Member of the House committees on Executive Departments Expenditures, Indian Affairs, Irrigation and Reclamation, and Public Lands.
1943 Superintendent of the Uintah-Ouray Indian Agency, Fort Duchesne, Utah
1944 Farm Reporter and Commentator, KHQ-KGA, Spokane, Washington
1946 Director of Information and Consulting Appraiser, Columbia River Project, Ephrata, Washington
1951 Retired
1963 Died

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Scope and Contents note

In a very real sense this collection is one of personal papers insofar as the bulk of the items is concerned with Mr. Hill and his friends without having the status of working papers or office records. The items are those that were meaningful to Mr. Hill over the years and express his selection of the papers he wished to preserve.

Here is correspondence to and from Mr. Hill interfiled and combined with other printed materials used during his tenure as school teacher and administrator, politician, Representative in the Washington State Legislature and in the U.S. Congress, speaker and lecturer to secular and religious audiences, author of "Letters to the Editor" in diverse newspaper, Indian Agency Superintendent, Radio Farm Program reporter and commentator, and Consulting Appraiser for the Columbia River Project.

The collection consists of: Letters sent and received. Here are personal and/or business or official letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt, James A. Farley, Harold L. Ickes, Henry M. Jackson, Warren G. Magnusson, William L. La Follette, William O. Douglas, Hamilton Fish, Albert Gore, Walt Disney, Henry Dvorshak, Estes Kefauver, Clarence C. Dill, Sam Rayburn, John W. McCormack, Clarence D. Martin, Adlai E. Stevenson, Linus Pauling, Roland H. Hartley, Robert Ripley, Ted Malone, and others; Speech and lecture manuscripts; Miscellaneous newspaper and magazine clippings that served as a source-file for speeches and writings; Newsletters and press releases while a member of Congress; Pamphlets relating to scenic, economic, and agricultural Washington State and the Columbia River Project; Campaign and personal newspaper clippings; Pictures, both personal and official; and Miscellaneous items, including a manuscript of an extended essay entitled "Why I Broke with Roosevelt."

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Arrangement note

The content of containers numbered 1 through 8 consists of correspondence, speech and lecture manuscripts and outlines, and "Letters to the Editor" interfiled and arranged chronologically by years. The content of the remaining containers is described for each.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1966
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Knute Hill, Representative in Congress from the 4th District of the State of Washington, were given in part to the Washington State University Library in 1961-1962 by Mr. Hill. The remainder was received in 1965 after probate of his estate.

Processing Information note

The papers were processed by Earle Connette in 1965 and 1966.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Columbia Basin Project (U.S.)
  • United States--Politics and government--1933-1945 -- Sources
  • United States. Congress. House
  • United States. President (1933-1945 : Roosevelt)


  • Legislators--United States--Archives
  • Legislators--United States--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Hill, Knute, 1876-1963 --Archives


  • Government and Politics
  • Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.)--Archives
  • Irrigation
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence; Speech and lecture manuscripts and outlines; and "Letters to the Editor" 


















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Newsletters and Press Releases 1939-1940 


Newspaper clippings and Campaign Materials 


Radio Scripts 1944-1945 


Grand Coulee pamphlets and materials 


Washington State and Pacific Northwest pamphlets and materials 


Picture file 


"Why I Broke with Roosevelt" and miscellaneous