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Dr. John Willard Hill Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0874

This collection consists of two diaries written by Dr. John Willard Hill when he was twelve years old and living in Knoxville, Tennessee. The contents span two calendar years, beginning on January 1, 1865 and ending on in December 31, 1866 with a gap between July 9 and December 31, 1865. Many of the entries address Hill's daily school lessons, visits from tutors and family friends, as well as domestic affairs like cleaning the horses and his mother’s new shoes. A number of his entries include brief phrases in German. Others include cursory details about the Civil War such as visits to battlefields.

Dates

  • 1865 January 1-1866 December 31, 1984 March 8

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections at special@utk.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders)

Abstract

This collection consists of two diaries written by Dr. John Willard Hill when he was twelve years old and living in Knoxville, Tennessee. The contents span two calendar years, beginning on January 1, 1865 and ending on in December 31, 1866 with a gap between July 9 and December 31, 1865. Many of the entries address Hill's daily school lessons, visits from tutors and family friends, as well as domestic affairs like cleaning the horses and his mother’s new shoes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. John Willard Hill was born to Dr. Otis Freeman Hill and Charlotte Parsons on October 15, 1853, in Falmouth, Maine. Catherine Hoerler Hill became his stepmother in 1865 when she married Dr. Hill. John Hill attended preparatory schools in Switzerland and enrolled in the University of Strasbourg in Alsace to study medicine, graduating in 1878. He returned to Knoxville in 1879 and later became the Tennessee Surgeon General (1881-1883). He was also a professor at the Tennessee Medical College (1890-1891) and president of the East Tennessee Medical and Surgical Infirmary (1891). In addition to his titles, Hill held a private medical practice in Knoxville until his death.

He married Cecile L. Roger in 1853 and had two children: Charles and Adele. He passed away on December 4, 1898, and is buried at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Arrangement

This collection is comprised of two folders and is arranged in chronological order.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in 1976.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480