Information on visiting the
MHS library, including current hours, can be found here:
Researchers who cannot come into the library personally can contact
Copy Services: http://www.mnhs.org/library/about/copy.html.
For each folder or item that you need copied, they will need to
be supplied the information under the "Location" heading
for that folder on the Collection Resources pages of this website.
Restrictions on copying may apply to some material.
The Jerome Hill Papers are available to the public for research.
A detailed finding aid is located here: http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00565.xml. The papers are divided into four series: Correspondence, Music,
Oral Histories, and Photographs.
The bulk of the material consists of letters from others to Hill;
however, some folders, especially those of his family members,
have extensive collections of letters from Jerome Hill.
The bulk of this material is undated sheet music. Much of it shows
draft versions and has hand corrections by Hill.
Histories: The majority of the Oral History interviews
were conducted under the auspices of the Jerome Foundation during
1984-1986. These interviews were conducted by Gretchen Kreuter
and Irving Clark.
Divided into two main sections: Collected, which consists of albums
that Hill and others organized; and Uncollected, which are photographs
that Hill kept in folders loosely organized by time period, subject
Additional Resources at the Minnesota Historical
“Jerome Hill, 1905-1972: The man in the portrait”
A Twin Cities Public Television documentary, circa 1976, that includes interviews with Hill’s
family, friends and colleagues, as well as providing an overview
of Hill’s artistic legacy.
“Dilettante, Renaissance man, intelligence officer:
Jerome Hill and his World War II letters from France to his 'dearest
mother'”, by G. Richard Slade.
An article by a relative of Jerome Hill, examining correspondence
from Hill and placing it within the larger context of his family
Additional Resources at External Sites
Anthology Film Archives
This organization was started in 1969 as a venue for avant-garde
cinema, which was developing and evolving at a rapid rate, but
was nearly impossible for the public to encounter. The central
figures in the creation of the Archives included Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill,
P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage.
College of St. Catherine, Saint Paul,
The library at the College of St. Catherine holds 16mm copies
of several of Hill’s films, including “Film Portrait,” “Albert Schweitzer,”
“The Sand Castle,” “Grandma Moses,” “Schweitzer
and Bach,” “Open the Door and See All the People,”
and the short films “Death in the Forenoon,” The Canaries,”
“The Artist’s Friend,” and “Merry Christmas.”
James J. Hill Reference Library,
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The library holds the personal papers of Hill’s parents,
Maud Hill and Louis W. Hill, as well as those of his grandfather,
James J. Hill. The Maud Van Cortlandt Taylor Hill papers, in particular,
contain many letters from Jerome Hill.
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
MoMA houses master copies of all of Jerome Hill’s films;
restoration and conservation is continuing. The library also holds
some supporting printed and audio material.
The Camargo Foundation supports scholars and artists interested
in exploring French culture, and maintains an extensive library.
The Foundation inhabits Jerome Hill's property in Cassis, France.
The Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation is the granting organization founded by
Jerome Hill in 1964 as the Avon Foundation. It continues to support
emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City.