Homer M. Hill, 1855-1935, was a Seattle newsman and politician, highly active in his community. Born in Ohio, he began his newspaper career in the Midwest, and purchased an interest in the Helena Independent in Montana in 1884. The next year, he sold that interest and moved to Seattle, where he would spend the rest of his life. He began publishing the True Tone there in 1885, and then published the Daily Press until 1889. In 1892, he purchased the Morning Telegraph. He served as a Seattle city councilman from 1898-1900; the President of the Washington State Press Association from 1893-1894; deputy county commissioner; and executive secretary of the Rainier Heights Improvement Club, the Federated Improvement Clubs of Seattle, and the Taxpayers' League of Seattle. The Home M. Hill digital collection consists of photographs related to his newspapers and his civic and political activities, and also includes selected papers of interest, including a telegram from C. S. Voorhees announcing the passage of statehood for Washington.
Searching the Collection
Entering search terms in the "Search The Collection" box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. A small but select topic list of "Predefined Searches" is provided below in a drop-down box. Choose a topic from the options and click on the search button to see the results. The "Browse This Collection" link will display all items in an alphabetical order. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view an item description, double click on the thumbnail or the textual link. Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click. Options to return to the Homer Hill collection front page or the WSU Digital Collections are provided along the top banner.
Creating the Database
Linnea Nelson selected and scanned photographic images and ephemera from the collection as 600 dpi TIFF files on an Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, added 72 dpi JPEG versions of the images to the CONTENTdm database, and described the images. Mark O'English, University Archivist and Photographs Curator, supervised the project and designed the metadata schemas. Alex Merrill provided technical support for CONTENTdm. Mark O'English and Linnea Nelson created this page; Jeff Kuure designed the page's banner. Additional items were later selected, scanned, and described by Mark O'English and University of Idaho graduate student Timothy Mace.