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MS Am 1308

Holls, Frederick William, 1857-1903. Frederick William Holls papers, 1879-1938: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1308
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Holls, Frederick William, 1857-1903.
Title: Frederick William Holls papers,
Date(s): 1879-1938 (inclusive), 1897-1903 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Papers of American lawyer, publicist, and secretary of the U.S. delegation to the First International Peace Conference at the Hague Frederick William Holls.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

52M-207. Gift of Mrs. Robert W. Sayles; received: 1953.

Processing Information:

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Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Existence and Location of Copies:

Copies of many of these letters are in the Columbia University Library.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Frederick William Holls Papers, 1879-1938 (MS Am 1308). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Holls, a lawyer, publicist, and expert in international law and negotiation, was the secretary of the U.S. delegation to the First International Peace Conference at the Hague in 1899.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, mostly to Holls, pertains especially to the First International Peace Conference at the Hague in 1899. Included are letters and telegrams in code from John Hay to Holls or Andrew Dickson White, and much correspondence between Holls and Theodore Roosevelt. Also contains reports, minutes, and memoranda of the U.S. Commission at the conference; Holls' reminiscences of the conference; letters concerning the book he wrote about it; discussions of plans to build a "Temple of Peace" at the Hague, funded by Andrew Carnegie; letters on other diplomatic and international affairs or political appointments; condolence letters to Holls' wife, Caroline M. Sayles Holls, upon his death; and photographs, clippings, memorabilia, and miscellaneous printed material from various peace conferences.

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