Hill, Henry H., Collection A Guide to the Henry H. Hill Collection 1908-1963, n.d. Ms.1980.003

A Guide to the Henry H. Hill Collection 1908-1963, n.d. Ms.1980.003


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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Clayton McGahee

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Henry H. Hill Collection1908-1963, n.d.
1.0 Cubic Feet, 5 boxes
Hill, Henry H. (Henry Harris Bunker)
The materials in the collection are in English.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Henry H. Hill Collection, Ms1980-003, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Mrs. Douglas Boynton of Roanoke, Virginia in May 1980. Additional materials (glass plate negatives) were donated in the early 2000s.

Processing Information

Processing of materials received in the 1970s and 1980s was completed in 2004. Additional processing, arrangement, and description was completed in 2017 when the glass plate negatives were added.

Biographical Note

A native of Scottsville, Virginia, Henry Harris (Bunker) Hill was associated with VPI as a student and professor for more than half a century. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1907, and his M.S. in the same subject in 1909. In 1907, Hill was appointed Assistant Chemist, and in 1913 Associate Chemist of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Before retiring from VPI in 1950, he served seven years as the head of the Agricultural Chemistry department.

Henry Hill was involved in the community, serving as Elder in the Presbyterian church, as well as being an officer in the Montgomery County Democratic Committee for several years. Hill also served as the Executive Secretary of the VPI Alumni Association, along with being the publicist for the Athletic Association.

Scope and Contents

The Henry H. Hill collection consists of historical and genealogical research compiled by Hill during his lifetime in southwest Virginia. Research includes Hill biographical information (1941-50), Blacksburg history and Montgomery County (1798-1951, n.d.), VPI (1891, n.d.), Civil War history (1863-1963, n.d.), and genealogical information and biographical sketches (1821-1950, n.d.).

The collection is comprised almost exclusively of photocopies and typescripts, so the dates reflected above are from the original source of the typescript and not the actual dates of the material. The dates of the material are included in the contents list.

In addition, a collection of glass plate negatives and film negatives was donated in the early 2000s. These consist of campus views, images of footballs players/teams/events, cadet life, and images of individuals and art works.


In 2017, this collection was arranged into series based on the previous organzation by material types. Series I: Henry H. Hill Biographical Information includes a folder of biographical materials about Hill, created in the early 1940s. Series II: Blacksburg History and Montgomery County contains compliled research notes on local history, primarily photocopies. Series III: Virginia Polytechnic Institute includes research files on the history of the university, in particular, the case of three dismissed faculty members in 1891. This series also contains the collection of glass plate and film negatives. Series IV: Genealogical Information consists of photocopies and typscripts of research on a number of local/regional families, including, but not limited to: Appersons, Blacks, Prices, and Prestons. Series V: Subject Files is comprised of research materials (again, mostly photocopies and typescripts) realting to local Civil War history and other topics of interest to Hill.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Civil War
  • Faculty
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Henry H. Hill Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Series I: Henry H. Hill Biographical Information
1941-1943, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1
    Personal Files
    Scope and Contents note

    Biographical abstracts and copies of correspondence letters.

  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    Draft of "Recollections of a Very Eventful Life," by H. H. Hill
Series II: Blacksburg History and Montgomery County
1936-1951, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Compiled notes on the history of Blacksburg (original typescript source date: 1798-1951)
    1936-51, n.d.
    Scope and Contents note

    William Black's petition to the 1797 General Assembly (photocopy)
    Assembly Act establishing town (January 13, 1798)(photocopy of typescript)
    Letter from Joseph E. Penn to Harvey Black (1871)(photocopy of typescript)
    "In Old Blacksburg," by Dr. Conway (typescript of 1916 reprint)
    Notes from Mrs. Robinson's book "1833-1933" (photocopy of typescript)
    "Customers of a Blacksburg Store in 1866-68" (photocopy of typescript)
    Correspondence letters (1 original, 1936), typescripts of articles, and a newspaper article from the Montgomery News Messenger (1951) (photocopies)
    Miscellaneous items (photocopy of typescripts)

  • box-folder 1 folder: 4
    Notes on the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church (photocopies of typescripts)
    1938, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5
    Notes on Montgomery County
    Scope and Contents note

    Copy of the deed of Old St. Peter's (photocopy of transcript)
    Excerpt taken from "Mineral Resources of Virginia," by Thomas Leonard Watson. (typescript)
    "Issac Shelby, to his Uncle John," taken from the Draper Manuscripts (photocopy of typescript)
    Miscellaneous notes (2 items)(photocopies)

Series III: Virginia Polytechnic Institute
1895-1913, 1950-1952, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 6
    Charges and specifications concerning 1891 incidents involving three dismissed faculty members versus the VPI Board of Visitors (photocopies of transcripts)
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7
    Depositions in the 1891 case involving three dismissed faculty members versus the VPI Board of Visitors (128 p.)
  • box-folder 1 folder: 8
    VPI (photocopies of typescripts)
    1891, 1950-1952 (original typescript source date), n.d.
    Arrangement note

    "History of the College" through 1891 (typescript)
    Notes on the Henderson Infirmary (typescript)
    Article: "Virginia Tech's 'Highty Tighties'" by H. H. Hill (photocopy)
    "The Virginia Tech Campus is Rich in Historic Memory" by H. H. Hill (photocopy of typescript)
    "The Marauding Cadet and the Presbyterian Pastor" (photocopy of typescript)
    Roster of the second Virginia Regiment Band (VPI Cadets) (photocopy of transcript)
    Correspondence letters (1950-1952)(photocopies)

  • Glass Plate Negatives & Negatives
    1895-1912, n.d.

    Glass plates and negatives are of varying sizes and as a result, not all items depicting the same subjects could be placed together in the same boxes. The list below groups images by subjects and indicates the box-folder for each item. All items are glass plate negatives, unless otherwise noted in the title.

    • Cadets
      • box-folder 5 folder: 1
      • box-folder 3 folder: 1
        Battalion of Cadets
      • box-folder 5 folder: 4
      • box-folder 5 folder: 2-3
        Cadet band (2 copies)
      • box-folder 3 folder: 2
        Cadets & Cannon
      • box-folder 3 folder: 3
        Cadet Drill
    • Campus
      • box-folder 3 folder: 4-5
        "Breaking Dirt for the Alumni Gate" (2 copies)
      • box-folder 3 folder: 17-18
        "Bird's-Eye View of Grounds and Buildings" (2 copies)
      • box-folder 3 folder: 19
        Campus View
      • box-folder 5 folder: 5
        Campus View
      • box-folder 5 folder: 6
        Campus View-Farms
      • box-folder 3 folder: 15
        Building Construction
      • box-folder 3 folder: 16
        Construction [film negative]
      • box-folder 5 folder: 7
      • box-folder 3 folder: 8
        Construction Workers (First Library?)
      • box-folder 3 folder: 6
        Faculty Row/YMCA/Barracks/Academic Building
      • box-folder 3 folder: 7
        Farm Building
      • box-folder 3 folder: 9-11
        First Library (3 different plates)
      • box-folder 3 folder: 12
        Preston and Olin Building
      • box-folder 5 folder: 8
        (Preston and Olin?) Building
      • box-folder 3 folder: 13
        "As the Shops looked in the Old Days" (Shops)
      • box-folder 3 folder: 14
      • box-folder 5 folder: 9
        Snow Drift
      • box-folder 5 folder: 10-12
        Snow Storm (3 different plates)
    • Football
      • box-folder 3 folder: 20
      • box-folder 4 folder: 6
        Football Player (Patrick?)
      • box-folder 4 folder: 8
        Football Player in VAMC jersey
      • box-folder 4 folder: 7
        Football Players with Puppy
      • box-folder 5 folder: 15-16
        Football Players (2 different plates)
      • box-folder 5 folder: 17
        Football Players, Practice
      • box-folder 4 folder: 9
        Football Practice [film negative]
      • box-folder 5 folder: 13
        Football Team
      • box-folder 4 folder: 1
        Football Team
      • box-folder 4 folder: 2-4
        Football, Team of 1905 (3 copies)
      • box-folder 4 folder: 5
        Football Team
      • box-folder 5 folder: 14
        Football Team
      • box-folder 4 folder: 10-11
        Two Football Players in VPI Jerseys (2 copies)
    • People
      • box-folder 4 folder: 12
        "Bunker" Hill, Price Hall
      • box-folder 4 folder: 13
      • box-folder 4 folder: 14
      • box-folder 4 folder: 15
        "Frith" [image of drawing]
      • box-folder 4 folder: 16-17
        Olivia Tutwiler (later Hill) (2 copies)
      • box-folder 4 folder: 18
        Postcard (unidentified man
      • box-folder 4 folder: 19
        University Presidents Portraits (McBryde, Lomax, Minor, Buchanan, Conrad)
      • box-folder 5 folder: 18
        Robert E. Lee Portrait
Series IV: Genealogical Information
1821, 1939-1950, n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 9
    Compiled genealogical information on the Lybrook and Apperson families (photocopies, typescripts)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 10
    Compiled genealogical information on the Black family (photocopies, typescripts)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 11
    Compiled genealogical information on the Price family (original typescript source date: 1944-48) (photocopies, typescripts)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 12
    Compiled genealogical information on the Preston family (original typescript source date: 1939-46)(photocopies, typescripts)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 13
    Biographical Sketches (original typescript source date: 1821, 1940-50)(photocopies of typescripts)
    Scope and Contents note

    J M. McBryde
    Harvey Lee Price
    Harvey Black
    "The Big Four"
    Colonel John Brown
    Brig. General William M. Browne
    Professor Jno. E. Christian
    William Christian - pension plea (1821)
    Major General Patrick R. Cleburne
    Brig. General Xavier B. Debray
    Francis Henderson
    E. B. Kinzer
    General James H. Lane
    Colonel Heros von Borcke

Series V: Subject Files
1863-1963, n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 14
    Civil War (originial typescript source date: 1863-1963)(photocopies, typescripts)
    1908, n.d.
    Scope and Contents note

    "The Battle of Cloyd's Mountain" (typescript)
    "My Horse Comet," by Lt. Col. W. W. Blackford (typescript)
    "Soldiers and Daughters of the Confederacy, including World War I and II soldiers buried in the Blacksburg Westview Cemetary" (photocopy of typescript)
    Newspaper article concerning McCormick's Civil War history (photocopy)
    John W. Mallet (1950)(photocopy of reprint)
    "Recollections of the Rebellion," by James C. Hill (1878)(photocopy of typescript)
    Excerpt from the diary of John S. Apperson (April 29 to May 7, 1863) (typescript)
    "Experiences as a Prisioner of War," by G. W. Finley (1908)(typescript)
    "The Impending Clash" (1935)(typescript)
    Miscellaneous notes and correspondence (photcopies of typescripts)

  • box-folder 2 folder: 15
    Miscellaneous (original typescript source date: 1942-1943, n.d.)
    Scope and Contents note

    "Recollections of Scottsville, 1870-1886," by John C. Hill (1943)(typescript)
    "John A. North House (Star Tavern)" (1942)(typescript)
    "The Star Spangled Banner and the Printer's Apprentice" (typescript)
    "The Praying Kernels" (typescript)