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Collection Number: 03866

Collection Title: J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,500 items)
Abstract J. A. Holmes was professor of geology and natural history at the University of North Carolina, 1881-1903; state geologist, first head of the North Carolina Geological Survey, 1891-1905; director of the department of mines and metallurgy, Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.), 1903-1904; chief of the technological branch, United States Geological Survey, 1905-1910; chief, United States Bureau of Mines, 1910-1915. The collection includes correspondence and memorandum books of Holmes, clippings about Holmes, and other items. Included are about 100 letters, 1891-1915, from Holmes to his wife, Jane Sprunt Holmes of Wilmington, N.C., describing his work during job-related travels, discussing personal and family matters, and expressing his affection for her. Holmes's letters to his wife describe his life and work in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, N.C., his visits to other locations in North Carolina, and his travels and work in St. Louis, Mo., Washington, D.C., and other locations throughout the United States, especially in the West, and in Europe. Fourteen memorandum books, 1899- 1915, contain Holmes's notes, accounts, and brief descriptions of daily activities, especially while travelling and at professional meetings. The correspondence and the memorandum books document Holmes's particular interests in mine safety and in conservation of natural resources as well as other aspects of his work. Also included are correspondence and other materials relating to the establishment of the United States Bureau of Mines; clippings concerning Holmes, especially after his death; and other items.
Creator Holmes, J. A. (Joseph Austin), 1859-1915.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the J. A. Holmes Papers, #3866, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Extracts from the memorandum books are available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts 1968; 1975; 1976
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Joseph Austin Holmes (1859-1915) was professor of geology and natural history, University of North Carolina, 1881-1903; state geologist, first head of the North Carolina Geological Survey, 1891-1905; director of the department of mines and metallurgy, Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.), 1903- 1904; chief of the technological branch, United States Geological Survey, 1905- 1910; chief, United States Bureau of Mines, 1910-1915.

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The collection includes correspondence and memorandum books of Holmes, clippings about Holmes, and other items. Included are about 100 letters, 1891-1915, from Holmes to his wife, Jane Sprunt Holmes of Wilmington, N.C., describing his work during job-related travels, discussing personal and family matters, and expressing his affection for her. Holmes's letters to his wife describe his life and work in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, N.C., his visits to other locations in North Carolina, and his travels and work in St. Louis, Mo., Washington, D.C., and other locations throughout the United States, especially in the West, and in Europe. Fourteen memorandum books, 1899- 1915, contain Holmes's notes, accounts, and brief descriptions of daily activities, especially while travelling and at professional meetings. The correspondence and the memorandum books document Holmes's particular interests in mine safety and in conservation of natural resources as well as other aspects of his work. Also included are correspondence and other materials relating to the establishment of the United States Bureau of Mines; clippings concerning Holmes, especially after his death; and other items.

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Contents list

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About 1,500 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1909-May 1915 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 1

Folder 2

June 1915-1950; 1968 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 2

Folder 3

Clippings, 1907-1913 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 3

Folder 4

Clippings, 1915-1916 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 4

Folder 5

Clippings, 1919 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 5

Folder 6

Clippings, 1949-1963 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 6

Folder 7

Descriptions of 1966 and 1975 additions; resume of Joseph Holmes; memoranda #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 7

Folder 8

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, 1891-1893 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 8

Folder 9

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, 1897 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 9

Folder 10

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, 1898-1900 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 10

Folder 11

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, 1901-1903 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 11

Folder 12

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, 1904-1907 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 12

Folder 13

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, 1907-1911 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 13

Folder 14

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, 1912-September 1913 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 14

Folder 15

Letters from Joseph Holmes to his wife, October 1913-1915 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 15

Folder 16

Letters from Joseph Holmes during his last illness, 1914-1915 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 16

Folder 17

Condolences relating to Joseph Holmes's death, 1915-1916 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 17

Folder 18-20

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Letters, resolutions supporting the establishment of a United States Bureau of Mines, and copies of bills from the United States House and Senate #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 18-20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

Letters and memoranda by Joseph Holmes, 1905-1910 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

Letters written to President William Howard Taft, supporting Joseph Holmes for director of the United States Bureau of Mines, 1910 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 23

Folder 24

Clippings from creation of Bureau of Mines to Holmes's appointment as director, 1909-1910 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 24

Folder 25

Diaries of Holmes, transcribed by J. A. Holmes II; clipping about Holmes's birthplace #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 25

Folder 26

Memorials and tributes to Joseph Holmes #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 26

Folder 27

Papers of Dr. J. A. Holmes #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 27

Folder 28

Miscellany #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 28

Folder 29

North Carolina forests and forestry data #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 29

Folder 30

Clippings on mine safety demonstration in Pittsburgh #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 1: Notes by Joseph Holmes as North Carolina State Geologist, 1899-1902 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 2: Daily expenses related to planning the Exposition at St. Louis, 1902-1904 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 3: Engagement book, 1903 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 4: Diary of business trip to Europe, 1905 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 5: Diary of business-related travel throughout the United States, 1906 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 6: Diary of business-related travel throughout the United States, 1907 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 7: Notes on coal lands and other public-land problems, written in Denver, Colo.; North Dakota; Montana; and Canada #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 37

Folder 38

Volume 8: Card case containing railroad passes, a Western Union credit card, and a few business cards and addresses #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 38

Folder 39

Volume 9: Scrapbook, 1915-1916 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 39

Folder 40

Volume 10: Diary, 1908 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 40

Folder 41

Volume 11: Diary, 1909 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 12: Diary, 1910 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 42

Folder 43

Volume 13: Diary, 1911 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 43

Folder 44

Volume 14: Diary, 1912 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 44

Folder 45

Volume 15: Diary, 1914 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 45

Folder 46

Volume 16: Diary, 1915 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 17: Book of tributes and memorials to Holmes, 1915 #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 47

Folder 48

Volume 18: Scrapbook of clippings relating to Holmes #03866, Series: "J. A. Holmes Papers, 1899-1968." Folder 48

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, May 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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