Kenneth and Dorothy Hill were long-time supporters of the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego campus. Their donation, in 1974, of some 500 rare volumes served as the foundation of what is now recognized as the world’s finest collection of materials focused on Pacific exploration and discovery through 1855, “The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages.” Mr. Hill’s interest in collecting in this area stemmed from his service as a Navy meteorologist in the Pacific theatre during World War II.
Their donation is considered the jewel of UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections. The maps and charts it contains, along with its anthropological, botanical, and zoological reports, continue to have international scholarly impact. With much foresight, the Hills established both a collection endowment that supports the growth and maintenance of this collection and an endowment that funds fellowships for UC San Diego graduate students who use Special Collections as a primary resource in their dissertation research. The Hill Meteorology Collection is a second collection donated by the Hills to the UC San Diego Library and reflects Kenneth’s educational pursuits and naval experiences.
In addition, for many years the Hills were members of the Friends of the UCSD Libraries and took on various leadership roles within the organization, including its presidency. In recognition of the Hill’s support of Mandeville Special Collections, the main special collections reading room is named in their honor.
We are pleased to recognize posthumously Kenneth and Dorothy Hill’s many contributions with the 2015 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy.