Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. was born June 4, 1886 in San José, California, the son of Andrew Putnam Hill and Florence Watkins Hill. Raised at 1350 Sherman Street in San Jose, California, he graduated from San José High School in 1906, received his teaching certificate from the San José State Normal School in 1920, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in June 1922. He married Ruth Mary McKenney on August 24, 1910. The couple had two children; however, only one child, Birdella, survived to adulthood.
The bulk of the Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers chronicles the training and career of a professional educator and architect over the course of sixty years, from approximately 1910-1975. The collection includes professional and personal correspondence, photographs, academic documents, architectural renderings, newspaper clippings, biographical and family memoirs, and an oral interview of Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. in 1972. The extent of the collection spans nearly 130 years, including materials and photographs created by Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr., as well as family memoirs written in the 1970s by Birdella Hill Laughlin, Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.’s daughter.
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