Samuel Smythe Hill papers, 1942-53 (bulk 1942-51)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Samuel Smythe Hill papers, 1942-53 (bulk 1942-51)
Creator
Hill, Samuel Smythe, 1890-1961
Extent
5.25 linear feet
Subjects
Hill, Samuel Smythe, 1890-1961
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: John LeDoux; machine-readable finding aid created by:Robert Glass
Repository
Georgetown College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Born to Sterling Price and Eldora Jane (Stowe) Hill, in Halifax County, Virginia, in 1890, Hill was one of eleven children. He received his early education in the county's country schools and a military academy. In 1917, he attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond. Before entering Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1921, he taught in high schools and preached in rural churches of Virginia. He earned Doctor of Theology degrees at Southern 1929. While studying at the seminary, he pastored the First Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana. Before leaving Louisville to pastor the Bainbridge Street Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, Hill married Mary L. Brown of Bardstown, Kentucky. They had two children--Samuel, Jr., and Mary Jane. In 1934, Dr. Hill brought his family back to Kentucky when he accepted the pastorate of the Deer Park Baptist Church in Louisville. He remained there until 1942, when he became president of Georgetown College.
During his tenure, Hill initiated the largest capital improvements program in the college's history up to that time. The centerpiece was the construction of John L. Hill Chapel, which was completed in 1949. Named in honor of an 1899 alumnus, who was a faculty member and first dean of the college, the chapel replaced the one that burned in 1930. Academic facilities also received great attention. A music building and a new library were built, and the physics building, built in 1861, was converted into general classrooms. Living space for male students and faculty were created, and a modern kitchen and cafeteria were constructed in the dining hall. He also saw the college through the World War II era, when enrollments dropped as students went to war. Overall, however, the number of students attending Georgetown College rose from 250 in 1942 to a high of 750 in 1947. Dr. Hill left the presidency in 1953. He was pastor of Belle Glade Baptist Church in Belle Glade, Florida when he died on February 3, 1961.
"Heart Attack Fatal to Dr. Samuel S. Hill, Was Eighteenth President of Georgetown." The Georgetown College Magazine V (Spring 1961): 4; "Dr. Hill, Past President of Georgetown, Expires." The Georgetonian, February 20, 1961, p. 1; Marcie Stomberger, "Dr. Samuel Hill." In Georgetown College: Past Presidents, by President's Ambassadors. 1992-99.
Scope and Content
The correspondence and subject files reveal his extensive activities as president: Baptist relations, trustee relations, speeches, student recruitment, fund raising, state, national, and Baptist education, personnel, campus activities, social issues, and others.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1941-51

There are significant gaps in President Hill's correspondence. He came to the presidency of Georgetown College in 1942, but there are only eleven boxes of correspondence. For instance, there is no correspondence during the final two years of his presidency, and the volume of correspondence, when compared with previous administrations of similar length, is low.

Cla-Cu, 1941-42

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Miscellaneous, 1942-44

  • Box 1, folder 1a
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Miscellaneous, 1942-46

  • Box 1, folder 2
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A-Y, 1942-46

  • Box 1, folder 3
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M-N, 1943-44

  • Box 1, folder 4
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O-S, 1943-44

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Trustees, Alumni, Presidents, Sr. Liberal Arts Colleges of KY, 1943-47

  • Box 1, folder 6
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A, 1943-45

  • Box 1, folder 7
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American Council on Education, 1943

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Applications, 1943-44

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Association of American Colleges, 1942-43

  • Box 1, folder 10
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B, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 11
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C, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 12
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Church Related Colleges, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 13
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Clear Creek, 1942-43

  • Box 2, folder 14
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Committee of Twelve, 1942-43

  • Box 2, folder 15
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Contributions, 1943

  • Box 2, folder 16
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D, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 17
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E, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 18
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Educational Associations (Miscellaneous), 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 19
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Education Commission--Southern Baptist Convention, 1943

  • Box 2, folder 20
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F, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 21
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G, 1942-44

  • Box 2, folder 22
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Honorary Degrees, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 23
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I, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 24
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J, 1943-44

  • Box 2, folder 25
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K, 1942-44

  • Box 2, folder 26
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Kentucky Association of Colleges, 1942-44

  • Box 2, folder 27
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Kentucky Education Association, 1942-44

  • Box 2, folder 28
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Kentucky Baptist Hospital, 1942-44

  • Box 3, folder 29
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Kirkpatrick, Lee, 1943

  • Box 3, folder 30
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L, 1943-44

  • Box 3, folder 31
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Louisville Trust Company (Ira J. Porter), 1943

  • Box 3, folder 32
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M, 1943-44

  • Box 3, folder 33
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Personal, 1942-44

  • Box 3, folder 34
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Personal, 1942-44

  • Box 3, folder 35
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Personal, 1942-44

  • Box 3, folder 36
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Personal, 1942-44

  • Box 3, folder 37
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Practice Teaching, 1943-44

  • Box 3, folder 38
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Ra, 1943-44

  • Box 3, folder 39
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Sa, 1943-44

  • Box 3, folder 40
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Southern Association, 1943

  • Box 3, folder 41
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T, 1943-44

  • Box 4, folder 42
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Trustees--Committees, 1942-44

  • Box 4, folder 43
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U, 1943

  • Box 4, folder 44
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V, 1943

  • Box 4, folder 45
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W, 1942-44

  • Box 4, folder 46
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X-Z, 1943-44

  • Box 4, folder 47
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A, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 48
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American Council on Education, 1945

  • Box 4, folder 49
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Applications for College Positions, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 50
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B-C, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 51
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D-E, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 52
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F-H, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 53
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Hill, Dr. S.S.--President, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 54
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I-L, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 55
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M-P, 1945

  • Box 4, folder 56
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Q-T, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 57
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W, 1944-45

  • Box 4, folder 58
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Trustees--1945-46-Y, 1942-47

  • Box 5, folder 59
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D-G, 1945-46

  • Box 5, folder 60
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H-K, 1945-46

  • Box 5, folder 61
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L-O, 1945-46

  • Box 5, folder 62
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P-Z, 1945-46

  • Box 5, folder 63
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A-B, 1946-47

  • Box 5, folder 64
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C, 1946-47

  • Box 5, folder 65
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Christian Education; Speeches, 1946-47

  • Box 5, folder 66
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D-Education Commission of Southern Baptist Convention, 1946-47

  • Box 5, folder 67
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F-G, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 68
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H, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 69
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Personal, 1945-47

  • Box 6, folder 70
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I, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 71
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J, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 72
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K, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 73
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L, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 74
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M, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 75
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N, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 76
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Registration Procedure, 1947

  • Box 6, folder 77
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P, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 78
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Q, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 79
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R, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 80
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S, 1943-47

  • Box 6, folder 81
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T, 1946-47

  • Box 6, folder 82
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V, 1946-47

  • Box 7, folder 83
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W, 1946-47

  • Box 7, folder 84
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X-Z, 1946-47

  • Box 7, folder 85
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John L. Hill Chapel-Speeches, Memorial Lists, 1946-48

  • Box 7, folder 86
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Hinton Memorial Portrait, 1948

  • Box 7, folder 87
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Kilgen Organ Co., Ministers Retirement Plan, 1948-49

  • Box 7, folder 88
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Special Memorials (Williams Company--Financial Campaign), 1948-49

  • Box 7, folder 89
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A, 1950-51

  • Box 7, folder 90
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Am, 1950-51

  • Box 7, folder 91
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Applications for Dean, 1951

  • Box 7, folder 92
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Articles, Association of American Colleges, 1951

  • Box 7, folder 93
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B, 1949-51

  • Box 7, folder 94
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Be, 1949-51

  • Box 7, folder 95
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Bi, 1950-51

  • Box 7, folder 96
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Br, 1950-51

  • Box 7, folder 97
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C, 1950-51

  • Box 8, folder 98
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Chapel Memorials, 1950

  • Box 8, folder 99
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Co, 1950-51

  • Box 8, folder 100
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Courier-Journal: Paul Hughes-D, 1950-51

  • Box 8, folder 101
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Do, 1950-51

  • Box 8, folder 102
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E, 1950-51

  • Box 8, folder 103
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F, 1950-51

  • Box 8, folder 104
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G, 1950-51

  • Box 8, folder 105
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Go, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 106
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H, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 107
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He, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 108
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Ho, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 109
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I, 1950

  • Box 9, folder 110
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J, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 111
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K, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 112
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L, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 113
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Li, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 114
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M, 1950-51

  • Box 9, folder 115
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Me, 1949-51

  • Box 9, folder 116
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Mo, 1950-51

  • Box 10, folder 117
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N, 1950-51

  • Box 10, folder 118
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O, 1950-51

  • Box 10, folder 119
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P, 1950-51

  • Box 10, folder 120
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Q, 1950

  • Box 10, folder 121
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R, 1950-51

  • Box 10, folder 122
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Ro, 1950-51

  • Box 10, folder 123
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S, 1949-51

  • Box 10, folder 124
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Scholarships (Music), 1951

  • Box 10, folder 125
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T, 1950-51

  • Box 10, folder 126
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Treasurer's Reports, 1948-49

  • Box 10, folder 127
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U, 1950-51

  • Box 11, folder 128
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V, 1950-51

  • Box 11, folder 129
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W, 1950-51

  • Box 11, folder 130
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X-Z, 1950-51

  • Box 11, folder 131
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