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James J. Hill: Railroad Baron: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


James J. Hill Papers 
Correspondence, financial records, legal documents, diaries, blueprints, maps, publications, speeches, biographical data, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to the personal and business dealings of St. Paul railroad baron and business magnate James J. Hill.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Photographs and Graphic Material
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Selected Items from His Papers-Digitized
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Correspondence Card Inde
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Great Northern Railroad Corporate Records.
Corporate records of the St. Paul-based Great Northern, its predecessors, and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Records include minutes, reports, correspondence and subject files, financial and accounting records, photographs, engineering drawings, land records, engineering and valuation records, advertising literature, timetables, publications, and many other materials documenting the principal staff and operating departments. Of special importance are the President’s Office subject files.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings Relating to James J. Hill.
MNHS call number: FOLIO HE2754.H5 S43

Mary T. Hill Papers, 1858-1960.
Diaries, letters, financial records, and other materials of Mary T. Hill, wife of St. Paul railroad magnate James J. Hill, focusing largely on family life.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Hill-Boeckmann Family Photograph Collection, ca. 1856-1907.
Includes views of James J. and Mary T. Hill, their children and grandchildren, family friends, and church clerics. Views consist of informal plays, weddings, family members in costume, hunting expeditions, family outings, family members relaxing at home and at North Oaks, and vacations. Locations include the interior and exterior of the Hill House at 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota; the Louis W. Hill farm in North Oaks; and vacation spots in Aiken, South Carolina; Jekyll Island, Georgia; and Paris. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
Selected images from this collection are also available digitally

Celia Forstner and Family Papers.
Correspondence (1908-1912) of Celia Tauer, second cook at the St. Paul (Minn.) mansion of Great Northern Railway president James J. Hill (1908-1911); Forstner family histories and reminiscences (undated and 1964-1969); menus, recipes, and ephemera (ca.1908-1912) of the Hill family, and newspaper clippings (undated and 1910-1978) documenting activities of the Hill family. Celia Tauer married Henry J. Forstner in 1912.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1715).

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