Hugh M. Hamill, Sr. Collection
Hugh M. Hamill, Sr.’s (1901-1989) diverse careers took him from journalism to Indian affairs and aviation. He lived for many years in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Hamill was educated at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and graduated in 1924 from Yale University. Afterward, he spent 11 years as a reporter, writing from 1924 to 1935 for papers including the Philadelphia Public Ledger, the Evening Bulletin and the New York Sun, as well as the Associated Press and what is now United Press International. In 1935, Mr. Hamill joined the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and did socio-economic surveys at Indian reservations in Arizona and Wyoming. After he taught at the Chilaco Indian School in Oklahoma, Mr. Hamill became the organizer and first curator of the Sioux Indian Museum in Rapid City, S.D. World War II took him to a position as an intelligence officer for the Army Air Corps, and was later president of the former Echelon Air Field near Haddonfield. After his retirement in 1964, Mr. Hamill donated his time to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, running a film program for patients, among other things. His collection of Native American crafts was donated to the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History by his son, Hugh Hamill, Jr., a UConn History Professor, in 1998.