Forbes Hill Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access Terms

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Correspondence

News Clippings

Publications

Printed Materials

Politics

Literature

Other

Forbes Hill Collection



Some items from this collection have been digitized and are available through the Civil Rights Movement Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Hill, Forbes, 1928-2008
Title: Forbes Hill Collection
Dates: 1914-2008, bulk 1946-1964
Extent: 2.0 Linear feet, 4 boxes
Abstract The Forbes Hill Collection contains printed material, news clippings, and correspondence related to the life of Forbes Hill, a political activist and academic who taught at Queens College from 1964-2008.
Identification: CR.2014.005
Languages: English

Biographical Note

Forbes Iverson Hill was born in Berkeley, California in June of 1928 and grew up in Southern and Central California. He graduated from Gonzales Union High School (in Steinbeck country), with a class that numbered 18 students.

Forbes’ college years lasted longer than most. He attended several different institutions, including Chicago’s Roosevelt College and San Francisco State, as he worked toward what might later have been called “finding himself.” He paid for college with summer jobs in agriculture and on the railroads. He loved to tell stories about picking cherries, shelling peas, working in the cannery, building track and traveling all over the country meeting all kinds of people, from migrant laborers to fellow intellectuals. During this period he became active in progressive politics and causes. In 1948, working with the Henry A. Wallace campaign in Augusta, Georgia, he was beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Eventually he graduated from San Diego State College, going on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. at Cornell University, specializing in classical rhetoric. Throughout his life, he embraced learning in numerous other fields, particularly science and nature. His children later joked about using him as a “living encyclopedia.”

Forbes taught at Williams College and at the University of California, Santa Barbara before coming to Queens College in 1964. In the course of his 43 years teaching at Queens, the department he served evolved from the Department of Speech to the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences to the Department of Media Studies. Forbes changed with the times; while he continued to teach occasional courses in the history of rhetoric, argumentation and public speaking, by the end of his career he also relished teaching courses in political communication and media, law and ethics.

During the 1970s and early 80s, Forbes was active in the Professional Staff Congress, the professor’s union of the City University of New York. He was chairman of the Queens College Chapter for many years. He also chaired the Department of Communication Arts for two years. Forbes wrote a major section on Aristotle’s rhetoric for A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric, which was first published in the early 1970s and which has been revised and reprinted many times since then. He also wrote a number of articles on Aristotelian criticism, some of which excited much controversy in the field. However, his great passion was for classroom teaching; although he retired in 2003, he continued to teach part-time until just a few weeks before his death in November 2008.

Forbes lived in Brooklyn for the last 31 years of his life. He came to love the borough and was active in local politics and many other community activities. He was a member of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights, where he served on the Council and regularly sang in the choir. Retirement and a reduced teaching schedule provided the time to sing in two additional choirs: the Brooklyn Community Chorus and the Congregation Beth Elohim Singers. In later years he also enjoyed traveling, and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Forbes met his wife, Lyn, at Queens College and together they team taught a multimedia course, “The Role of Rhetoric in American Society,” for five years in the 1970s. In addition to his son, Harry (by a previous marriage), the couple had two children, Stephanie and Tim.

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Scope and Contents

The Forbes Hill papers consist of printed material, mostly pamphlets and books from Forbes’ personal library, news clippings, and correspondence. The bulk of materials range from the 1940s to the 1960s, with some materials from the 2000s. Forbes’ personal library reflects his life as an activist and academic, with materials covering leftist political movements of the 1940s and 50s, and other materials relating to scholarship in politics, rhetoric, and literature. Series II: News Clippings consists of several articles related to Forbes’ employment at Queens College, the City University of New York. Series III: Correspondence consists of letters from two pivotal periods in Forbes life: his time spent in Georgia campaigning for Henry A. Wallace in 1948, and his being hired at Queens College in 1964.

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Arrangement

The Forbes Hill Collection is comprised of three series, the first having three subseries:

Series I: Correspondence
Series II: News Clippings
Series III: Publications
Series IV: Printed Material
Subseries A: Politics
Subseries B: Literature
Subseries C: Other

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Restrictions

Access

Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.

Copyright

The Forbes Hill Collection is the property of the Queens College Libraries. All intellectual rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

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Controlled Access Terms

Communist college teachers
Hill, Emerson
Hill, Lyn
Queens (New York, N.Y.)
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

item, date (if known), box, folder, Forbes Hill Collection, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

Source

Donated by Lyn Hill in 2013.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Correspondence
This series includes letters from Forbes and his brother Emerson (Bud) Hill regarding a violent incident involving the Ku Klux Klan in Augusta, Georgia while Forbes was campaigning for Henry A. Wallace in 1948. Also included is correspondence from 1964 between Forbes and Harold W. Stoke, then President of Queens College, regarding a loyalty statement that Forbes was required to sign upon his being hired at the College.
Emerson Hill ( 1948-09-27 to 1948-10-18 ) Box-folder 1-1
Harold W. Stoke ( 1964-05-11to 1964-06-03 ) Box-folder 1-2
Queens College hiring ( 1964-02-05 to 1964-08-11 ) Box-folder 1-3
Series II: News Clippings
This series consists of news clippings from publications in Queens and New York City related to the City University of New York. Of particular note is a New York Times article on cancer therapy that features Forbes and two editorials to the New York Times written by Forbes.
Newsbeat (Flushing, NY) ( 1972-05-11 ) Box-folder 1-4
New York Times – “A Better CUNY or an Elitist One” (editorial) ( 1999-06-08 ) Box-folder 1-5
New York Times – Editorial ( 1999-06-08 ) Box-folder 1-6
New York Times – “In Cancer Therapy, There is a Time to Treat and a Time to Let Go” ( 2008-08-19 ) Box-folder 1-7
Queens College Counter-Commencement Committee ( 1969-06-03 ) Box-folder 1-8
Series III: Publications
This series consists of publications by Forbes that appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech and The Practice of Rhetorical Criticism. Also included is an obituary for Forbes written by Gary Gumpert.
Gumbert, Gary "Obituary for Forbes Hill" - The Senses of Rhetoric ( 2008-11-12 ) Box-folder 1-9
Hill, Forbes, 1928-2008 “Conventional Wisdom – Traditional Form – The President’s Message” of November 3, 1969 - Quarterly Journal of Speech ( 1972-12 ) Box-folder 1-10
Hill, Forbes, 1928-2008 The Amorality of Aristotle’s Rhetoric ( 1981 ) Box-folder 1-11
Hill, Forbes, 1928-2008 The Practice of Rhetorical Criticism ( [no date] ) Box-folder 1-12
Series IV: Printed Materials
This series consists of printed material, including pamphlets and books, from Forbes Hill’s personal library. The three subseries are arranged according to subjects, which range from leftist politics to poetry. The bulk of materials range from 1946-1962.
Subseries A: Politics
Aptheker, Herbert, 1915-2003 Laureates of Imperialism ( 1954 ) Box-folder 1-13
Bachrach, Marion The Federal Jury is Stacked Against You ( 1949-01 ) Box-folder 1-14
Beharka, Carl Here’s Power for You ( 1959 ) Box-folder 1-15
Blair, Carole “Civil Rights/Civil Sites” ( 2006 ) Box-folder 1-16
Bureau of the Committee of the World Congress of the Defenders of Peace. In Defence of Peace ( 1950-11-01 ) Box-folder 1-17
Burton, Bernard A New Depression? ( 1949-09 ) Box-folder 1-18
Carter, Charlotte, 1935-Carter, Dyson, 1910- We Saw Socialism ( 1951 ) Box-folder 1-19
“Discrimination” - The Chicago PNYX ( [1949?] ) Box-folder 1-20
Chicago Workers' School. Course Catalog ( 1949 Fall ) Box-folder 1-21
Coleman, James S, 1926-1995 Community Conflict ( 1957 ) Box-folder 1-22
Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy. Facts on the Korean Crisis ( [no date] ) Box-folder 1-23
Committee of Japanese Citizens to Send Gift Copies of a Photographic and Pictorial Record of the Atomic Bombing to Our Children and Fellow Human Beings of the World. Days to Remember: An Account of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagazaki ( 1981 ) Box-folder 1-24
Common Cause. Integrity in Politics ( 1973-12-01 ) Box-folder 1-25
American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( 1982-Fall ) Box-folder 1-26
Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938 Argument in Defense of the Communists ( [1920] ) Box-folder 1-27
Introductory Note is dated November 30, 1920
Communist Party of Alabama. Election Campaign Committee. The Case of the $10-A-Week Robbery: A Story for Southern Working People… White and Negro Box-folder 1-28
Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy. Far East Spotlight – “Special Issue: China” ( 1949-07 )
Field, Frederick V. , 1905-2000 “The Colonial War in Korea” ( 1950-08 ) Box-folder 1-30
Fortas, Abe Concerning Dissent and Civil Disobedience ( 1968 ) Box-folder 1-31
Foster, William Z. , 1881-1961 The Twilight of World Capitalism ( 1949 ) Box-folder 1-32
Hall, Rob Fowler The Record of Truman’s 81st Congress ( 1949-08 ) Box-folder 1-34
Halsey, Margaret , 1910-1997 Color Blind ( 1946 ) Box-folder 1-35
Hayakawa, S. I., 1906-1992Rapoport, Anatol , 1911-2007 On Communication with the Soviet Union ( 1960-11-04 ) Box-folder 2-1
Hesseltine, William Best , 1902-1963 The Rise and Fall of Third Parties ( 1948 ) Box-folder 2-2
Howe, Irving Student Activism ( 1967 ) Box-folder 2-3
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Signature of 450,000 ( 1965-05 ) Box-folder 2-4
Kuan-Hua, Chao People’s China (Peace Conference of Asian and Pacific Regions) ( 1952-09-17 ) Box-folder 2-5
Labor Research Association. Trends in American Capitalism Box-folder 2-6
Lee, Alfred McClung , 1906- Fraternities without Brotherhood ( 1956 ) Box-folder 2-7
Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich, 1870-1924 Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism Box-folder 2-8
Loose pages Box-folder 2-9
Masses & Mainstream. Masses & Mainstream ( 1950-08 ) Box-folder 2-10
Masses & Mainstream. Masses & Mainstream ( 1950-12 ) Box-folder 2-11
Masses & Mainstream. Masses & Mainstream ( 1952-12 ) Box-folder 2-12
Masses & Mainstream. Masses & Mainstream ( 1953-12 ) Box-folder 2-13
Merton, Robert King, 1910-2003 Mass Persuasion: The Social Psychology of a War Bond Drive ( 1946 ) Box-folder 2-14
Miller, Moses Nazis Preferred: The Renazification of Western Germany ( 1950-06 ) Box-folder 2-15
Mills, C. Wright , 1916-1962 The Power Elite ( 1959 ) Box-folder 3-1
Morris, George Where is the CIO Going? ( 1949-03 ) Box-folder 3-2
Morton, Joseph McCarthy: The Man and the Ism ( [N.D.] ) Box-folder 3-3
New Foundations Cooperative Press. New Foundations ( 1949-Summer ) Box-folder 3-4
New Republic. New Republic-"FDR" ( 1946-04-15 ) Box-folder 3-5
New Republic. New Republic-"Jobs, Peace, Freedom" ( 1946-12-16 ) Box-folder 3-6
Organizational Research Associates. The Truth About the ACLU ( c. 1960 ) Box-folder 3-7
Ovington, Mary White, 1865-1951 How the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Began ( 1914 ) Box-folder 3-8
American Committee for Cultural Freedom. Partisan Review ( 1965-Fall ) Box-folder 3-9
Jerome, V. J. (Victor Jeremy), 1896-1965 Political Affairs ( 1954-04 ) Box-folder 3-10
Pritt, D. N. (Denis Nowell), 1887-1972 The State Department of the Cold War ( 1948 ) Box-folder 3-11
Savings Banks Association of the State of New York. 800 Ways to Save and Serve ( 1943 ) Box-folder 3-12
Second Free World Congress. Free World ( 1942-06 ) Box-folder 3-13
Shabshina, F.I. Korea After the Second World War ( 1950-11 ) Box-folder 3-14
Skillin, Edward S. The Commonweal Treasury ( 1949 ) Box-folder 3-15
Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Poor People’s Campaign ( 1968 ) Box-folder 3-16
Stouffer, Samuel A Communism, Conformity, and Civil Liberties ( 1966 ) Box-folder 3-17
Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976 On People’s Democratic Rule ( 1950-07 ) Box-folder 3-18
Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976 Problem of Art and Literature ( 1950 ) Box-folder 3-19
Subseries B: Literature
Bello, Hilaire, 1870-1953 The Chanty of the Nona (Ariel Poems) ( [N.D.] ) Box-folder 4-1
Binyon, Laurence, 1869-1943Freedman, Barnett, 1901-1958 The Wonder Night (Ariel Poems) ( [N.D.] ) Box 4-2
Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940Nicholson, William, 1872-1949 Moss and Feather (Ariel Poems) ( [N.D.] ) Box-folder 4-3
De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956Guercio, Claudia A Snowdrop (Ariel Poems) ( 1929 ) Box-folder 4-4
Evergreen Review Inc.. Evergreen Review ( 1961-03 ) Box-folder 4-5
Ludwig, Richard M., 1920- Essays Today 5 ( 1962 ) Box-folder 4-6
Mathues, Mathues, Profanities ( 1961 ) Box-folder 4-7
Outcalt, Irving E. Woods-Nights and Other Poems ( 1951 ) Box-folder 4-8
Quennell, Peter, 1905-1993Rutherston, Albert, 1881-1953 Inscription On a Fountain-Head (Ariel Poems) ( [N.D.] ) Box-folder 4-9
Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967Tennant, Stephen To My Mother (Ariel Poems) ( [N.D] ) Box-folder 4-10
Subseries C: Other
The American Round Table. An Inquiry into Cultural Trends Under the American System of Widely Shared Beliefs ( 1957 ) Box-folder 4-11
Bowker, Albert Hosmer “The Inauguration of A.H. Bowker as Chancellor of CUNY – Inaugural Address” ( 1965 ) Box-folder 4-12
Columbia College (Columbia University). Columbia College Journal of Social Sciences ( 1954-05 ) Box-folder 4-13
Columbia College (Columbia University). Columbia College Journal of Social Sciences:"King's Crown Essays" ( 1955-Winter ) Box-folder 4-14
De Leon, Daniel, 1852-1914 Two Pages from Roman History ( 1969 (1903) ) Box-folder 4-15
Faith Bible & Tract Society. In My Father’s Name ( [N.D.] ) Box-folder 4-16
Lysenko, Trofim, 1898-1976 The Science of Biology Today ( 1948 ) Box-folder 4-17
Science & Society ( 1948-1949 Winter ) Box-folder 4-18
Science & Society Box-folder 4-19
Social Science Research Council. The Social Sciences in Historical Study ( 1954 ) Box-folder 4-20