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Guide to the George Frederick Holmes Papers, 1767-1960

Abstract

Scholar, educator, and author of Charlottesville (Albemarle Co.), Virginia.

Correspondence, notes, diaries, and literary works of George Frederick Holmes. Also contains correspondence of William Howard Perkinson, educator and son-in-law of Holmes; and of Joseph Henry Herndon Holmes and Mary Ann Pemberton Holmes, parents of George Frederick Holmes. Early papers of Joseph and Mary Holmes concern their life in Demerara, British Guyana, where Joseph Holmes was a barrister, and include legal papers, poems, and a genealogy. The papers of their son, George Frederick, a professor at the University of Virginia, include correspondence, diaries, articles, literary works, and notes, and relate to his interests in philology, grammar, history, political science and economics, and to Southern colleges and universities. The papers of William Howard Perkinson are confined to a few records of his work as a professor of Latin and Greek at the University of Virginia, a few business papers, and records of the administration of his father-in-law's estate.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Holmes, George Frederick, 1820-1897.
Title
George Frederick Holmes papers 1767-1960
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.6 Linear Feet, 586 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence, notes, diaries, and literary works of George Frederick Holmes (1820-1897), scholar, educator, author; and correspondence of William Howard Perkinson (1861-1898), educator and son-in-law of Holmes; and of Joseph Henry Herndon Holmes (1794-1831) and Mary Ann (Pemberton) Holmes (1790-ca. 1862), father and mother of George Frederick Holmes. The papers of Joseph Henry Herndon Holmes, barrister of Demerara, British Guiana, consist of treatises on contracts and exchange of money, fragments of poetry, poems, his will, and pictures. Among the papers of Mary Ann (Pemberton) Holmes are the following: a brief record of her life in Demerara with interesting comments on the people and the country, family history and genealogy, personal letters, epitaphs, and verses of Stephen Pemberton written while attending Oriel College, Oxford, England.

The papers of George Frederick Holmes are chiefly concerned with family affairs, including financial troubles, and accounts from his wife, Eliza Lavalette (Floyd) Holmes, of the unsatisfactory performance of Negro servants; accounts of Holmes's connection with educational institutions, notably Richmond College, Virginia, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, the University of Mississippi, Oxford, and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. The correspondence throws considerable light on dissensions in the Board of Visitors at the College of William and Mary in 1848. The collection consists of Holmes's correspondence with leading literary figures and educators of the South; notes and works on almost every phase of philology, grammar, history, political science, and economics; notes for lectures; articles and manuscripts for books and periodicals; lists of students; examination questions; and diaries which cover a great part of the period from 1856 to 1891. The collection includes a letter book, 1834-1874, containing contemporary copies of letters, in Holmes's hand, of many notable figures, among whom are E. E. Bellinger, Auguste Comte, J. D. B. DeBow, Thos. R. Dew, R. T. W. Duke, Wm. H. Ellet, Geo. Fitzhugh, John B. Floyd, Wm. Harper, R. R. Howison, R. W. Hughes, D. F. Jamison, Wm. S. Lewis, Francis Lieber, P. N. Lynch, Jno. McClintock, Cornelius Mathews, W. E. Martin, B. B. Minor, W. G. Minor, T. V. Moore, J. D. Munford, Edw. Nicholson, Wm. Ogilby, Cotesworth Pinckney, J. D. Pope, Wm. C. Preston, Jas. Ryder, W. G. Simms, R. W. Singleton, A. G. Summer, Jno. R. Thompson, Jas. H. Thornwell, Samuel Tyler, and D. K. Whitaker.

Papers of William Howard Perkinson are confined to a few records of his work as professor of Latin and Greek at the University of Virginia, a few business papers, and records of the administration of the estate of George Frederick Holmes. Some of Perkinson's letters to his wife give glimpses of the management of the university and of his work. M. Schele De Vere and W. Gordon McCabe, as well as a number of scholars in England, were among Perkinson's correspondents.

[Description taken from the Guide to the Cataloged Collections in the Manuscript Department of the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University (1980)]

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Contents of the Collection

Box 7 also contains notes and correspondence by Mary Anne Holmes, Joseph H. H. Holmes, and Stephen Pemberton.

Sketch and genealogy
Box 1
Correspondence and papers, 1815-1901 and undated
Box 1
Works, 1845-1853
Box 1
Works, 1860-1876, 1880-1887
Box 2
Notes, 1885-1887
Box 2
Notes on political economy
(4 folders)
Box 3
Works and papers on The Science of Society, 1889
(3 folders)
Box 3
Works and papers, 1889-1891 and undated
Box 4
Works and papers, undated
Box 5
Notes, undated
Box 5
Notes, undated
Box 6
Notebooks
Box 6
Notes, undated
Box 7
Newspaper clippings
Box 7
Photographs
Box 7
Diary, 1872
Box 8 Volume S:1793
Diary, 1873
Box 8 Volume S:1794
Diary, 1874
Box 9 Volume S:1795
Diary, 1881
Box 9 Volume S:1796
Diary, 1884
Box 9 Volume S:1797
Diary, 1885
Box 9 Volume S:1798
Diary, 1887
Box 9 Volume S:1799
Diary, 1891
Box 9 Volume S:1800
Articles for Biblical Cyclopedia I., 1878
Box 8 Volume S:1783
Articles for Biblical Cyclopedia II., 1878
Box 8 Volume S:1784
Excerpts regarding famous men, 1876
Box 8 Volume S:1804
Memoranda for Lives of the Governors of Virginia, 1853 (Richmond, VA)
Box 8 Volume S:1813
Notes on Economics, 1892
Box 8 Volume S:1814
Notes on Greek History, undated
Box 8 Volume S:1818
Notes on Oratory and Eloquence, 1878
Box 8 Volume S:1820
Notes on Oratory and Eloquence, 1878
Box 8 Volume S:1821
Notes on Oratory and Eloquence, 1878
Box 8 Volume S:1822
Notes on Oratory and Eloquence, University of Virginia, 1888
Box 8 Volume S:1823
"Population": a Crochet, 1887
Box 8 Volume S:1824
Notes on Rhetoric, University of Virginia, 1882
Box 8 Volume S:1825
Notes on Shakespeare, undated
Box 8 Volume S:1826
Notes on Sociology, 1892
Box 8 Volume S:1827
Notes for King Arthur and the Romances of the Round Table II., undated
Box 8 Volume S:1828
"Notes on the Romances of the Round Table I.", 1882
Box 8 Volume S:1829
"Notes on the Romances of the Round Table II.", 1882
Box 8 Volume S:1830
"Notes on the Romances of the Round Table III", 1882
Box 8 Volume S:1831
Notes of the Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 1882
Box 8 Volume S:1834
Notes on the Social Sciences II, 1882
Box 8 Volume S:1835
Notes on Turkey, University of Virginia, 1878
Box 9 Volume S:1841
Songs and Poems, 1851-1879, 1912
Volume M:1310
Notes on British Guiana, 1823 (Demarara, British Guiana)
Volume F:1318
Account Book, 1847-1857 (Richmond, VA)
Volume F:1781
Adversaria: According to Locke's Method, 1840 (Columbia, SC)
Volume M:1782
Class Rolls in Political Economy and History, University of Virginia, 1884-1894
Volume L:1785
Class Roll in Political Economy, University of Virginia, 1894-1897
Volume L:1786
Comments on Books and Authors, 1846-1850 (Richmond, VA)
Volume F:1787
Comments on Books and Writers, 1846-1850 (Richmond, VA)
Volume F:1788
Critical and Analytical Notices of Books, 1841 (Charleston, SC)
Volume F:1789
Day Book, 1884-1894
Volume F:1790
Diary, Agricultural and War, 1856-1864
Volume F:1791
Diary, 1864-1865; also Miscellaneous Notes, 1841-1852
Volume L:1792
"An Elementary Grammar of the English Language for the use of Schools", 1867
Volume L:1801
Excerpts from Various Books, 1850 (Richmond, VA)
Volume F:1802
Excerpts from Various Books, University of Virginia, 1852-1888
Volume F:1803
Historical Bibliographies, University of Virginia, 1890
Volume L:1805
Index Rerum, 1846
Volume M:1806
Inquiries on Various Subjects, 1841 (Walterboro, SC)
Volume M:1807
Letterbook, 1835-1874
Volume M:1808
Lists of Students, University of Virginia, 1857-1871
Volume L:1809
List of Students in History and Literature, 1859-1871
Volume M:1810
Lists of Students, University of Virginia, 1871-1877
Volume L:1811
Lists of Students, University of Virginia, 1875-1884
Volume L:1812
Notes on English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 1857-1860
Volume M:1815
Notes on English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 1859
Volume M:1816
Notes on the English Language, University of Virginia, 1872
Volume L:1817
Notes on Law and History, 1845-1882 (Orangeburgh, SC and Charlottesville, VA)
Volume F:1819
Notes on Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 1857
Volume M:1832
Notes on Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 1871
Volume L:1833
Notes of the Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 1882
Volume L:1836
Notes on the Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 1883
Volume L:1837
Notes of the Social Sciences, 1888
Volume L:1838
Notes on the Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 1894
Volume L:1839
Notes on Theology, 1845-1865 (Orangeburgh, SC)
Volume M:1840
Miscellaneous Notes, 1840 (Decatur, GA)
Volume M:1842
Articles, Public Addresses, and Occasional Comments, 1837-1857 (Orangeburg, SC)
Volume M:1843
Science of Society, University of Virginia, 1882
Volume L:2009
Notebook, 1846 (Richmond, Henrico Co., VA)
Volume M:5959

Historical Note

George Frederick Holmes was a University of Virginia faculty member, an early sociologist, and an ante-bellum writer who defended the institution of slavery. He fully described this position in his textbook, The Science of Society, published in 1883.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Frederick Holmes Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The George Frederick Holmes Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase from 1948-1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Elizabeth Dunn and Carrie Mills, May 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 48-1119, 48-1322, 48-1656, 48-2370, 56-219, 64-112, 72-62, 12-9-77, and 95-108

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.