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Dorothy Woodruff Hillman papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00570

Scope and Contents

Photographs, correspondence, and printed materials describing one academic year (1916-17) Woodruff and fellow Smith College alumna, Rosamond Underwood, spent teaching the children of homesteaders at the Elkhead School in Routt County, Colorado. The materials offer a small, compelling glimpse into rural life in the Rocky Mountains, as seen from the perspective of a young woman from the eastern United States.

Dates of Materials

  • 1903 - 1996


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to materials created by Dorothy Woodruff Hillmanhowever, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Dorothy Woodruff Hillman, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Woodruff (Hillman) was born in Auburn, N.Y., January 13, 1887, the daughter of Caroline Porter Beardsley and John Herman Woodruff. She attended Rye Seminary in Rye, N.Y., and graduated from Smith College in 1909. In 1916 she went to Routt County, Colorado with childhood friend and Smith College alumna, Rosamond Underwood, to teach for a year at the Elkhead School, built for the children of homesteaders who had come to settle in the Rocky Mountains. Woodruff later married Lemuel Serrell Hillman, with whom she had two daughters, Caroline and Hermione, and two sons, Serrell and Douglas. Throughout her life, Woodruff was active in civil and charitable work; she was executive director of the Grand Rapids (MI) chapter of the American Red Cross, and later became regional director for western Michigan. She died May 13, 1979.


2.125 linear feet (3 containers)


Teacher. Photographs, correspondence, and printed materials describing one year (1917-18) spent teaching the children of homesteaders at the Elkhead School in Routt County, Colorado.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Dorothy Woodruff Hillman Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection Caroline Hillman Backlund and Hermione H. Wickenden in 2007 and Dorothy Wickenden in 2012.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2007.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2012-S-0009, Box 1 renumbered as Box 3

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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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