Abby Williams Hill Collection (University of Puget Sound)

Artstor and the University of Puget Sound are sharing more than 120 images of works by the painter, activist, and writer Abby Williams Hill in the Digital Library. 

The University of Puget Sound is the permanent repository of the Abby Williams Hill Collection, comprising her famous landscape paintings and works on paper, as well as an archive of related materials including her correspondence and journals, photographs, postcard collection, and other ephemera related to Hill and her family.

Abby Williams Hill (b.1861) moved to Tacoma with her husband in 1889, the same year Washington achieved statehood. She is best known for her commissions for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railways. Her railway works were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, the Lewis & Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905, the Jamestown Tricentennial in 1907, and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle in 1909. These pieces, along with her other landscapes, offer a rich portrait of the natural landscape of the American West during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The accompanying archive of papers and personal materials offer insight into Hill's life and provides an example of the American experience between the Civil War and World War II.

The Abby Williams Hill Collection was donated to the University of Puget Sound by Hill's daughter, Romayne (Ina) Hill, and is housed in the Collins Memorial Library.