Russell G. Hill Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Hill, Russell G.
Russell G. Hill collection
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Cubic feet , 5 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Russell G. Hill was born November 26, 1909 in Trufant, Michigan. He attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) from 1928 to 1932 and earned his B.S. in agriculture with honors. Hill later earned his M.S., also from Michigan State.

Hill taught vocational agriculture in Caro, Michigan from 1932 to 1936. Hill joined the extension service in 1936 and held a variety of posts and eventually became a specialist in soil conservation. Hill joined the faculty in the Department of Resource Development in College of Agriculture at Michigan State. He retired in 1975.

Hill was a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi. He received the USDA Superior Service award in 1962 for his commitment to conservation in Michigan. He also held the posts of Executive Secretary of the Michigan State Soil Conservation Committee and Vice President of the National Association of State Soil Conservation Administrators.

Hill and his wife Reva had two children, James W. and Jeanette C.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains essays, many of which Russell Hill presented at various conferences dealing with land use and soil retention. The essays are about environmentally sound agricultural practices. Also included in the collection are two publications written by Hill: History -- Department of Resource Development and  Land Stewardship.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Soil Conservation Service.


  • Essays
  • Publications


  • Land use -- Michigan
  • Natural resources -- Study and teaching
  • Nature conservation -- Michigan
  • Soil conservation -- Michigan
  • Water conservation

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Essays 1961-1968 

F.D. 1

The Birth of an Idea [need for soil and water conservation] undated 

Recent Developments and Current Trends in Water management 1962 

East Lansing Kiwanis Club, Soil Stewardship Week 1963 

How to Keep My District from Getting in a Rut – Michigan Soil Conservation Districts, Inc. Summer Meeting 1963 

Notes – Conservation Ethics 1965 

Water Management – Is It a New Technology – Michigan Natural Resources Council 1965 

Selection, Development and Use of School Sites for Teaching Conservation in Michigan – Soil Conservation Society of America Annual Meeting 1966 

Water and Agriculture 1966 

An Educational Program for Sediment Control, Michigan Soil Conservation Conference 1967 

Development of Watershed Programs and Policies, Extension workshop 1968 

Essays 1970-1976 

F.D. 2

A Brief History of Soil Conservation Districts in Michigan 1970 

Land Misuse, Orderly Prevention and Restoration, Michigan Citizens Workshop 1970 

Michigan Soil Conservation Districts and a Quality Environment 1970 

Some Soil and Conservation Facts 1970 

Agriculture’s Environmental Role 1972 

Soil Conservation Districts: From Rags to Riches, Michigan Soil Conservation Districts meeting 1972 

Environmental Concern for Field Crop Farming 1973 

Public Involvement in Land in Use Planning, Special Conference on Options in Land Use Policy 1974 

(For Clinton SCD Annual Report) Birth of an Idea 1975 

… And That is the Way it Was, SCD reports 1976 

Notes and Essays 1965, Undated 

F.D. 3

Notes Conservation Ethics 1965 

Soil Conservation Policies [handwritten notes] undated 

Methods to Pep Up a Slow Soil Conservation District Governing Body undated 

So You Haven’t any Erosion undated 

Solomon’s Policy undated 

History -- Department of Resource Development 1976 

F.D. 4

Land Stewardship 1975 

F.D. 5