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Clenece Hills papers

Call Number: RH MS 1022


This collection consists of materials related to Clenece Hills' teaching career, as well as her interests and activities in the Lawrence, Kansas community. The collection also includes family and genealogical information, information from when her husband James was faculty adviser to the Haskell Indian Nations University student newspaper, and information from Mildred Seaman.


  • Creation: 1926 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Clenece Hills

Clenece Louise Roberts Hills moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1958 to attend the University of Kansas. She received both her bachelor's and masters from KU and proceeded to teach in the Lawrence public schools for the next several decades, retiring in 2000 but coming back to substitute from 2004-2007 and teach part-time from 2007-2010 again at South Junior High School.

Clenece married James Arthur Hills on December 25, 1962; together they had three children: Shane, Anne, and Eve. Jim received his doctorate from KU in 1972 and was a school administrator and specialist in foster care. In the late 1980s Hills was a member of a men's group, the Forum Club. He taught at Haskell Indian Nations University until his retirement in 2001. James Hills passed away in May 2023.

The Hills have been active members of their church and the Lawrence community. Clenece served twice on the board of directors for the Douglas County Historical Society, was President of the Lawrence Sesquicentennial Commission, and has been involved in several community groups, including the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club, the Betty Washington chapter of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Round Table Literary Club. She has also been active in the Pi Beta Phi sorority and Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence.


10.25 Linear Feet (14 boxes + 6 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder, 17 audio cassettes, 1 video cassette)

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Scope and Contents

The Clenece Hills collection provides an overview of an active Lawrence, Kansas community member, as well as information about the life of a teacher in the late 20th century. Materials include but are not limited to In-Service notes, Results Based Staff Development materials, District Improvement Team information, observations and evaluations of Hills' teaching, some lesson plans, and other related materials.

There are also yearbooks, event flyers and programs, newsletters, and other materials from the various community organizations with which Hills was involved. Of note is documentation from Hills' two terms on the Douglas County Historical Society board of directors in the early 1990s and mid-2000s, her involvement in Trinity Episcopal Church, and her political campaigning at the local and state level. The collection also includes personal and professional correspondence, newspaper clippings, greeting cards, and other materials related to Hills' interests.

Included in the collection is material related to the Friends of Haskell and the Haskell Indian Nations University, as well as to a controversy surrounding the publication of the student newspaper in the late 1980s when Jim Hills had taken over as the faculty adviser. There is also some family genealogical information for Clenece's Roberts, Lipps, Gilchrist, and McClymonds ancestors and relatives.

The collection also contains the papers of Mildred Seaman (1903-1974), who was a lobbyist for the University of Kansas and the program director of Kansas Public Radio station KANU at KU. These papers contain a letter in French dated April 27, 1926, certifying Seaman's work; a certificate from The Summer Radio Institute at Northwestern University; and the program and a newspaper clipping from Seaman's 1927 senior piano recital.

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RH MS 1022

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RH MS 1122

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RH MS 1261

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RH MS 1383

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RH MS R209, RH MS R244, RH MS R282

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RH MS Q320, RH MS Q357

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RH Cassette Tape 70

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RH Video 33

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Clenece Hills, 2001, 2002, 2015, 2019.

Related Materials

Gilchrist family collection, RH MS 1317, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Lawrence Sesquicentennial Commission collection, RH MS 594, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

McClymonds family collection, RH MS 1243, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Round Table Club collection, RH MS 1322, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Mildred Seaman collection, PP 173, University Archives, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Separated Materials

Cates, Cliff Donahue, b. 1876. Pioneer history of Wise County; from red men to railroads--twenty years of intrepid history, by Cliff D. Cates; comp. under the auspices of the Wise County old settlers' association. Nixon-Jones Printing, 1907.

Guide to the Clenece Hills Collection
Clenece Hills papers
Finding aid prepared by skt, 2007. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2007. Finding aid revised by tw, 2010; mwh, 2016, 2023, eje, 2023.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Clenece Hills papers, RH MS 1022, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States