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Walter Hill, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Archivist
Historian
African American History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs, Cornbread, Green Peas
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/22/1949
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Archivist
Historian
African American History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs, Cornbread, Green Peas
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/22/1949
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Walter Hill, Jr., was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 22, 1949. After finishing high school, Hill enrolled in the College of Wooster, earning a B.A. degree in history in 1971. From there, he attended Northern Illinois University, studying American history. Earning an M.A. degree in 1973, he returned to school to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1988.

After completing his master’s degree, Hill taught at St. Louis University from 1974 to 1977. He returned to school in the fall of 1977 to work towards the Ph.D. in U.S. History at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. He worked as a graduate teaching assistant and later as an instructor in the Afro-American Studies Program between 1982 and 1983. While working towards the Ph.D., he also worked at the National Archives and Records Administration as a graduate intermittent research student until 1983 in the Office of the Archivist and Office of Federal Records. From 1983 to 1984, he held a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Upon completing the fellowship in 1984, he returned to the National Archives and Records Administration as an archivist with the Office of the National Archives where he remained for seven years. In 1990, he left to work in the Office of Public Program, assuming the role of director of the Modern Archives Institute and subject specialist for Afro-American history. He remained with the office until 1995 when he departed for the new facility in College Park, Maryland, and assumed the position of senior archivist and subject area specialist for Afro-American history and federal records. In 1984, Hill became an adjunct professor of Afro-American history in the Afro-American Studies Department, Howard University, Washington, D.C., and taught courses in Afro-American history for the next two decades.

As a noted historian, Hill appeared in several documentaries, as well as on Good Morning America, Washington Journal and Fox TV. He served on the editorial board of the African American History Bulletin, the Executive Council of the Association for the Study of Afro-American History and on the advisory board of The HistoryMakers, among others. He has also written extensively, his work appearing in such journals as the Newsletter of the American Historical Association and the Journal of Minority Issues.

Hill passed away on July 29, 2008 at the age of 59.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Walter Hill recounts his high school career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Walter Hill recalls the presence of the Vietnam War during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Walter Hill remembers his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Walter Hill discusses his religious background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Walter Hill details his transition from high school into college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Walter Hill tells of his experiences at The College of Wooster
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Walter Hill names influential professors at The College of Wooster
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Walter Hill recounts student activism at The College of Wooster
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Walter Hill discusses his travels to Kenya
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Walter Hill talks about black participation in Olympic events
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Walter Hill comments on black history scholars' writings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Walter Hill explains the social and political climate for young African Americans in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Walter Hill tells of his involvement in bettering black communities
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Walter Hill explains his decision to attend University of Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Walter Hill discusses his early involvement with The National Archives
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Walter Hill tells of African American history included in The National Archives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Walter Hill describes popular areas of study on African American history at The National Archives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Walter Hill comments on The National Archives records pertaining to lynchings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Walter Hill discusses The National Archive's FBI records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Walter Hill talks about European scholars' interest in African American history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Walter Hill talks about favorite discoveries during his career at The National Archives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Walter Hill discusses various documents from black soldiers within The National Archives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Walter Hill comments on feature films that attempt to document black history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Walter Hill details African American military involvement during the Civil War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Walter Hill recounts the history of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Walter Hill explains the connection of World War II and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Walter Hill shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Walter Hill comments on the importance of oral history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Walter Hill considers his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - How Walter Hill would like to be remembered