Skip to Main Content

James J. Hill: Railroad Baron: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles


For articles on this topic in Minnesota History Magazine see the index (Hill, James Jerome). Most articles can be viewed online.

“James J Hill: A Search for the Man Behind the Legend,” by Virginia Brainard Kunz.
In Ramsey County History, vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 1975), p. 3-10. 
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.R22 R3 v12:1

“The Case of the Monopolistic Railroadmen,” by R.W. Apple, Jr.
In Quarrels that Have Shaped the Constitution,, pages 175-192.
MNHS call number: KF8742.A5 Q37 1987


James J. and Mary T. Hill: an Unfinished Chronicle by their Daughter, by Clara Hill Lindley.
New York: The North River Press, 1948.
MNHS call number: HE2754.H5 L5

James J. Hill, a Great Life in Brief, by Stewart Hall Holbrook.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.
MNHS call number: HE2754.H5 H6

James J. Hill and the Opening of the Northwest, by Albro Martin.
St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1984.
MNHS call number: HE2754.H5 M37 1991, also available for purchase.

James J. Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest, by Michael P. Malone.
Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.
MNHS call number: HE2754.H5 M35 1996, also available for purchase

James J. Hill House, by Craig Johnson. 
St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993.
MNHS call number: F613.S8 J365 1993, also available for purchase

The Great Northern Railway: A History, by Ralph W. Hidy.
Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1988. 
MNHS call number: Reading Room HE2791.G775 G73 1988, also available for purchase

The Railway Barons, by David Mountfield.
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1979.
MNHS call number: Reading Room HE1021.M68

The Dutiful Son, Louis W. Hill: Life in the Shadow of the Empire Builder, James J. Hill, by Biloine W. Young. 
St. Paul, Minn. : Ramsey County Historical Society, 2010.
MNHS call number: HE2754.H53 Y68 2010, also available for purchase. 

Film & Video

James J. Hill Empire Builder
Saint Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society : Twin Cities Public Television, c2006.
MNHS call number: DVD 9, also available for purchase. 

Railways of the North West and the Burlington Northern, video 
Produced by: Bill Warrick. Tampa, Florida: Herronrail Video: 1995.
MNHS call number: Videotape 676

Search for Secondary Sources at MNHS

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Hours and More InformationEmail us