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Gertrude Frances Hill Papers

Identifier: MSS-434-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains material dated 1862-1966 and includes brochures from the Laboratory of Anthropology, as well as articles, reports, manuscripts, and lectures. Also included are reports and correspondence relating to library organization, classification, and cataloging policies and two folders of general correspondence (1918-1962) which includes correspondence with Eugene Manlove Rhodes and Myra Ellen Jenkins. The bulk of the collection is made up of bibliographies (copies) from the Library of the Museum of New Mexico compiled by Gertrude Hill and the Library of the Museum of New Mexico. Subject matter of the bibliographies includes topics relating to New Mexico with a preponderance devoted to native peoples of the Southwest.


  • 1862-1966
  • Majority of material found in 1932-1966

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


Gertrude Frances Hill was born October 26, 1909 in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned a B.A. (1937) and an M.A. (1938) in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. (1945) in Library Science from the University of Denver. After working in various libraries in Texas, Arizona, and California, Hill assumed the position of Assistant Librarian for the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe in 1951, serving as Chief Librarian from 1952-1960. She became the Special Collections Librarian for Arizona State University in 1960, Head of Technical Services for New Mexico State Library in 1962, Special Collections Librarian for Arizona State University in 1963, and Reference Librarian for the Humanities in 1967.

Hill was appointed to the Arizona Governor's State Historical Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Society for American Archaeology, Western History Association, Arizona Pioneers Historical Society, New Mexico Historical Society, Archaeological Society of New Mexico, and the Arizona Library Association. Her areas of interest included Southwestern history, rare books, and anthropology. Later in life, Hill married Robert Muir and consequently became known as Gertrude (Hill) Muir.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Eugene Manlove Rhodes Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Post cards, stereopticon slides, and negatives, mostly relating to New Mexico and the Southwest have been transferred to CSWR Pictorial Collections. Photographs have been transferred to the Gertrude Hill Photograph Collection. This comprises folders 1-8 of the collection, with the exception of a few items remaining in folders 3 and 6.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Ash, Lee, ed.. A Biographical Directory of Librarians in the United States and Canada. Chicago: American Library Association,1970, 788.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Finding aid of the Gertrude Frances Hill Papers, 1862-1966 (bulk 1932-1966)
Processed by D. Trujillo
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131