Guide to the Margaret Hilty Papers, 1931-1984
CG 816

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Hilty, Margaret
Margaret Hilty papers
CG 816
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
3 boxes and 2 oversized folders
The Margaret Hilty Papers contain correspondence, photographs and personal records of Hilty’s experiences as a teacher in the Philippines from 1931-1933. This collection also contains materials related to authors Jesse Stuart and Herbert Arntson.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Margaret Hilty Papers.

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical Note

Margaret Clara Hessert was born to Louis and Clara Hessert on June 22, 1907 in Decatur, Indiana, and grew up in Ohio. While studying at University of Wisconsin, Margaret met Palmer Hilty. In 1931, after Margaret’s graduation, the two were married, and that year left for teaching appointments in the Philippines. In their first year in the Islands, Margaret taught freshmen and sophomore students in Catbalogan, the capital of Samar Province. The following year, they were assigned to the municipality of Lingayen in Pangasinan. Palmer worked at the Academic High School there while Margaret worked at the Methodist Mission School.

When Palmer Hilty was offered a fellowship at University of Wisconsin after the 1932-1933 school year, the globetrotting couple returned to the United States via China, Italy, and Germany. During their time in the Midwest, Margaret and Palmer became parents to two children. In 1949, Palmer was offered a position at Washington State College (WSC) as an assistant professor in the English department. At this time, Margaret was also offered employment by WSC as a librarian.

Palmer and Margaret Hilty shared a passion for language arts and literature, which connected them to Jesse Stuart, the former poet laureate of Kentucky, and Herbert Arntson, a prolific author of young adult historical fiction. Arntson was also faculty in the English department at WSC.

After Margaret and Palmer’s divorce, Margaret continued to work as a librarian in the university. After her retirement, she moved to Albuquerque where she lived until her death in 1995.

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Scope and Contents note

The Margaret Hilty papers contain materials from Margaret (Hessert) Hilty’s teaching experiences in the Philippines from 1931-1933, including photographs, correspondence, student work, personal records, annotated postcards, and other ephemera related to the Philippine Islands. The photographs in this collection are from Samar, Cebu, Pangasinan, Manila, and Fort McKinley. The correspondence consists mainly of outgoing correspondence from Margaret and her husband, Palmer, to the Hessert family.

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Arrangement note

The Margaret Hilty papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Photographs are housed separately, but integrated into the alphabetical arrangement and are organized by the location of the photograph

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Margaret Hilty Papers were donated to Washington State University by Margaret Hilty in 1985 (MS.1985.13).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Evelyn Moos.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials at Washington State University:

Jesse Stuart Papers, Cage 413

Margaret Hilty Papers, Cage 1546

Materials at the University of Oregon Libraries

Herbert E. Arntson Papers, 1934-1983, Coll 064

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Hilty, Margaret -- Sources


  • Arntson, Herbert E., 1911-
  • Catbalogan (Philippines)
  • Christian teachers—Archives
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Lingayen (Philippines)
  • Literature
  • Missionaries
  • Stuart, Jesse, 1906-1984
  • Women teachers—Archives

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Herb Arntson clippings and correspondence 1961-1962 

1 1

Herb Arntson proofs of Adam Gray: Stowaway 1961 

O/S (map case)

Correspondence (outgoing to family) while at sea 1931 

1 2

Correspondence (outgoing to family) 1931-1932 

1 3

Correspondence (outgoing to family) 1932-1933 

1 4

Correspondence (outgoing to family) 1932-1933 

1 5

Correspondence (outgoing to family) from Germany 1933 

1 6

Correspondence (incoming from students) 1933 

1 7

Photographs of Catbalogan, Samar 1931-1932 

2 8

Photographs of Camp IV, Talisay City, Cebu 1932 

2 9

Photographs of Fort McKinley 1931-1933 

2 10

Photographs of Lingayen, Pangasinan, Luzon 1932-1933 

2 11

Photographs of Manila, Luzon 1932 

2 21

School portraits 1931-1934 

2 13

Diary 1931-1933 

3 14

Ephemera (Philippines) 1931-1933 

3 15

Ephemera 1931-1933 


Photographs of the Philippine Islands taken by Calvin Hessert 1945 

3 16

Speech notes 1938-1945 

3 17

Jesse Stuart clippings 1943-1984 

3 18

Jesse Stuart: The Seasons of Jesse Stuart: An Autobiography in Poetry, 1907-1976 1976 

3 19

Student essays and school ephemera 1931-1933 

3 20

Teaching materials 1931