Martha Frances Hill Papers
Box 2 contains correspondence and advertising materials relating to Miss Hill's business as well as several newspaper clippings about Martha Frances Hill. Box 3 contains feature pages from the 'Houston Post-Dispatch' of Martha Frances Hill's "Mrs. Houston's Model Kitchen," and various issues of 'The Thresher', the Rice student newspaper. The collection consists predominately of handwritten and printed originals.
- Hill, Martha Frances (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
After graduating from Rice Institute in 1926, she joined the Elizabeth Baldwin Literary Society Alumnae and served as the Prize Committee Chairman in 1929. This association donated an annual fellowship to either a man or woman student for work toward an advanced degree from Rice. An annual card party furnished them with funds applied strictly to this fellowship. Both the Elizabeth Baldwin Literary Society and the Alumnae of the same name were the oldest organizations of their kind at Rice.
According to a 1929 'Houston Post' clipping, Miss Hill did reportorial work for Houston newspapers during her school career. She worked as a cub reporter for the old 'Houston Dispatch', as women's editor for the 'Houston Press', and was later in charge of the music and fine-arts page for the 'Houston Post-Dispatch'. Following her graduation, she did printing and secretarial work at the Rice Hotel, in order to gain experience and contacts with the public. Later she joined the display advertising staff of the 'Post-Dispatch', in charge of two feature pages, "Mrs. Houston's Model Kitchen," and "Of Interest to Women." Late in 1929, Miss Hill was appointed chief of production, copy, and layouts of the Premier Advertising Co. in Houston. A 'Post-Dispatch' article of unknown date announces that Miss Hill was in charge of the advertising account offices of Mrs. Douglas Robinson Advertising and Letter Service. In 1931, Miss Hill states in a letter that she had been in the advertising business for about eight years and had handled the women's specialty advertising in the 'Houston Post-Dispatch', which she left to go into agency work. She wrote that she was not associated with anyone (in 1931) and had her office with Dealy-Adey-Elgin Company, the printers. She maintained her advertising business at least through 1939.
- Guide to the Martha Frances Hill Papers