Esther Clark Hill papers
Call Number: RH MS 85
Esther Mary Clark was born December 3, 1876 in a log cabin southeast of Chanute, Kansas. This collection consists of correspondence, poems, and newspaper clippings.
- 1907 - 1914
- Hill, Esther Clark, 1876-1932 (Person)
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Biography of Esther Clark Hill
Esther Mary Clark was born December 3, 1876 in a log cabin southeast of Chanute, Kansas. She is best known for her poem "The Call of Kansas," written while vacationing in California in 1907. Much of her poetry was written for the Kansas City Star. She spent some time doing special work at the University of Kansas and was responsible for beginning the alumni library. She was married in 1918 to Joseph E. Hill, who died the following year. She made her home in Chanute, though much time was spent in Lawrence and Topeka. On March 21, 1932, Esther Hill died in a Topeka hospital.
1 box (330 items)
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence, poems, and newspaper clippings, much of it dealing with the dispute in 1914 over the authorship of "The Call of Kansas." At that time, Mrs. Emma Clark Karr claimed to have written the poem in 1899, but she was unable to satisfactorily substantiate her claim.
RH MS 85
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Esther Clark Hill, 30 July 1931, and others, see accession file for list.
See also Esther Clark Hill, clipping books (RH MS E105).
- Guide to the Esther Clark Hill Collection
- Esther Clark Hill papers
- pg April 1976; mg 2004
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Esther Clark Hill Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 85, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas