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Title: Elsie H. Hillman Papers
Collection Number: AIS.2013.02
Creator: Hillman, Elsie Hilliard, 1925-2015

Collection Dates: Bulk, 1952-2012
Collection Dates: 1920-2015
Extent: 84.3 linear feet (141 boxes)

Language: English

The Elsie H. Hillman Papers document the life of Elsie Hillman (1925-2015), a prominent regional Republican Party activist and philanthropist. As early as 1952 she became involved in politics by campaigning for Dwight D. Eisenhower for president. She then became involved in the inner workings of the Republican Party at the local, state and national levels. Her leadership and diplomatic skills played a vital supporting role in the elections of politicians such as Governors Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge, Senator H. John Heinz III, State Treasurer Barbara Hafer and President George H.W. Bush. Additionally Hillman was involved in the local community through organizations such as the Hill House, UPMC, and WQED as well as involved in city affairs as a key member of the Pittsburgh Financial Leadership Commission. The collection contains a variety of materials including correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, reports, newspaper clippings, photographs, realia, and audio-video materials. The Elsie H. Hillman Website also provides an overview of her life and accomplishments with some digital reproductions of selected items.