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Collection Number: 04003

Collection Title: Roland Holt Papers, 1883-1956.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract Roland Holt (1867-1931) of New York, N.Y., was vice-president of Henry Holt & Company, publishers, 1903-1924, theater critic, and lecturer on drama, and his wife, Constance D'Arcy Mackay (1887?-1966), was an author of plays, pageants, books, and articles for and about non-professional theater. The collection contains correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and other materials of Roland Holt and Constance D'Arcy Mackay. Included are letters, late 1880s, from Roland Holt to his father about Holt's experiences as a student at Yale University; letters, 1910s-1920s, from actors and playwrights reviewed by Holt; published versions of articles by and about Holt; annual diary volumes, 1896-1920, of Holt, concerning social and theatrical activities; correspondence, 1906-1956. Mackay's papers include letters concerning theatrical business matters, including correspondence with Frederick Henry Koch (1877-1944); plays, poems, and articles by Mackay; and articles concerning MacKay's work, along with clippings, scrapbooks, and pictures.
Creator Holt, Roland, 1867-1931.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Roland Holt Papers, #4003, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Constance D'Arcy Mackay, 1936.
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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Roland Holt (1867-1931) of New York, N.Y., was vice-president of Henry Holt & Company, publishers, 1903-1924, theater critic, and lecturer on drama, and his wife, Constance D'Arcy Mackay (1887?-1966), was an author of plays, pageants, books, and articles for and about non-professional theater.

Roland Holt, son of publisher Henry Holt, Sr. of Henry Holt & Co., began his literary career as an editor of the Yale Courant and dramatic critic at the New Haven Palladium prior to his graduation from Yale in 1890. He began working for Henry Holt & Co. in 1890, and was vice president of the company from 1903-1924. From approximately 1923-1931, he wrote a weekly column, "The Living Stage," for numerous newspapers and periodicals, and he contributed articles on drama and the theater to various magazines including Social Progress, The Forum, and Theatre and Drama. He also lectured on theater-related topics around the country, and was the director of the Century Opera Company and the New York Drama League. In 1923 he married Constance D'Arby Mackay.

Constance D'Arby Mackay, a native of St. Paul, Minn., was an author who had numerous books published by Henry Holt & Co. She wrote plays and pageants, as well as books on amateur theatrics. Additionally, she directed numerous historical pageants throughout the United States, and contributed articles and poems to Woman's Home Companion, McCalls Magazine, Holland's Magazine, and other periodicals. She was the director of the Department of Pageantry and Drama of War Camp Community Service, 1918-1919, and a member of the Society of American Dramatists and Composers, American Pageant Society, Sulgrave Institution, and the P.E.N. Club.

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The collection contains correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and other materials of Roland Holt (1867-1931) and Constance D'Arcy Mackay. Included are letters, late 1880s, from Roland Holt to his father about Holt's experiences as a student at Yale University; letters, 1910s-1920s, from actors and playwrights reviewed by Holt; published versions of articles by and about Holt; annual diary volumes, 1896-1920, of Holt, concerning social and theatrical activities; correspondence, 1906-1956. Mackay's papers include letters concerning theatrical business matters, including correspondence with Frederick Henry Koch (1877-1944); plays, poems, and articles by Mackay; and articles concerning MacKay's work, along with clippings, scrapbooks, and pictures. The Roland Holt Papers was originally labeled Series A, and the Constance D'Arby Mackay Papers was originally labeled Series B.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Roland Holt Papers, 1883-1931 and undated.

This series contains the correspondence, writings, clippings, and programs related to the career of Roland Holt. This series was originally labeled Series A.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

These materials consist of articles by Roland Holt along with a small amount of student writings and drafts of lectures.

Folder 6

Student writings, 1884-1890 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Articles by Roland Holt, 1902-1919 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Articles by Roland Holt, 1920-1932 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Articles by Roland Holt, 1923 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

Articles by Roland Holt, 1924 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 10-11

Folder 12

Articles by Roland Holt, 1925 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Articles by Roland Holt, 1926 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Articles by Roland Holt, 1927 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Articles by Roland Holt, 1928 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

Articles by Roland Holt, 1929 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 16-17

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

Articles by Roland Holt, 1930 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 18-19

Folder 20

Articles by Roland Holt, 1931 #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21-24

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Drafts of articles and talks by Roland Holt, 1916-1928 and undated #04003, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1884-1931 and undated." Folder 21-24

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Constance D'Arcy Mackay Papers, 1906-1956 and undated.

This series contains the correspondence, writings, plays and pageants, clippings, and materials related to the career of Constance D'Arby Mackay. This series was originally labeled Series B.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated.

Arrangement: alphabetical by play, then by pageant.

Items in this subseries include scripts, photographs, programs, and clippings related to Mackay's plays and pageants.

Folder 59

"Ashes of Roses;" "Abraham Lincoln, Railsplitter;" "The Boston Tea Party;" "Cockcrow" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Dramatic minatures #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

"The Enchanted Garden;" "The Forest Elves;" "The Forest Princess" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

"Franklin" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

"Gretna Green;" "The House of the Heart" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

"Ladies of the White House;" "The Magic Mirror;" "Masque of Hours;" "Monseigneur" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

"The Queen's Holiday" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

"Recompense;" "St. George and the Dragon;" "The Silver Thread;" "The Sun Goddess;" "Young Michael Angelo" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

"The Child Labor Pageant" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

"Hawthorne Pageant," New York City, N.Y., 1912; "Newtonville, Massachusetts Pageant," 1912 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

"Pageant of Patriots," Brooklyn, N.Y., 1911 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

"Pageant of Patriots," Boston, Mass., 1912 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

"Pageant of Peace," San Francisco, Calif., 1918 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

"Pageant of Sunshine and Shadow," St. Paul, Minn., 1919; New York, N.Y., 1916, 1919 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

"Pageant of William of Stratford," Baltimore, Md., 1916 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

"Pilgrim Tercentenary" #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75-77

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

"Portland Pageant," Portland, Me., 1913 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 75-77

Folder 78-79

Folder 78

Folder 79

"Pageant of Schenectady," Schenectady, N.Y., 1912 #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 78-79

Folder 80

Unidentifed pageants #04003, Subseries: "2.3. Plays and Pagents, 1911-1919 and undated." Folder 80

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Volumes of Richard Holt and Constance D'Arby Mackay, 1888-1941.

This series chiefly contains the diaries of Roland Holt and scrapbooks of Constance D'Arby Mackay. The diaries contain descriptions of social engagements, plays, and family affairs; and the scrapbooks chiefly contain short stories, plays, poems, clippings, and articles. Also included are a postcard book, slides, and an essay on Richard Wagner.

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This subseries consists chiefly diaries of Roland Holt containing descriptions of social engagements, plays, and family affairs. Also includes a postcard book of actors and actresses, slides, and an essay on Richard Wagner.

Folder 90

Volumes 1-3: Diaries, 1896-1897 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 90

Folder 91

Volumes 4-6: Diaries, 1898-1900 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 91

Folder 92

Volumes 7-9: Diaries, 1901-1902, 1904 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 92

Folder 93

Volumes 10-12: Diaries, 1905-1906, 1908 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 93

Folder 94

Volumes 13-15: Diaries, 1910-1912 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 94

Folder 95

Volumes 16-18: Diaries, 1915-1917 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 95

Folder 96

Volumes 19-21: Diaries, 1918-1920 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 96

Folder 97

Volume 22: Postcard book of actors and actresses #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 97

Folder 98

Volume 23: Essay on Richard Wagner, 1888; Volume 24: Notebook of poems and stories, 1887-1888 #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 98

Folder 99

Volume 25: Slides from lectures #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." Folder 99

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4003/1

Yale diploma, 1890; photograph of Roland Holt #04003, Subseries: "3.1. Diaries of Roland Holt, 1888-1920." OPF-4003/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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