Holway, Frances Hope Kerr, 1886-1968. Papers of Frances Hope Kerr Holway, 1871-1962:
A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-59
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Frances Hope Kerr Holway, 1886-1968
Title: Papers of Frances Hope Kerr Holway, 1871-1962
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Bibliography, correspondence, and research files of Frances Hope Kerr Holway, bibliographer,
who worked on early women teachers and missionaries in southern and western United
Accession numbers: 57-68, 58-48, 58-60, 58-71, 59-58, 2, 27, 447, 805
Gift of Mrs. William R. Holway, 1500 S. Frisko, Tulsa 5, Oklahoma, between July 1957
and September 1964.
Reprocessed: May 2016
By: Johanna Carll
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Frances Hope Kerr Holway as well as
copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors'
heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Frances Hope Kerr Holway Papers, 1871-1962; item description, dates. A-59, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Additional research materials created by Frances Hope Kerr Holway can be found at
the Oklahoma Historical Society; see Hope Holway Collection. 1820-1893, Oklahoma Historical
Society Research Division.
Frances Hope Kerr Holway was born November 13, 1886, in Van Etten, New York. She married
William Rea Holway, an engineer, in 1916; they had three children, Donal, Charlotte,
and William. Holway received an AB from Radcliffe College in 1910 and taught in the
University of Oklahoma Extension Department before joining her husband's engineering
firm, W.R. Holway and Associates, eventually becoming a partner responsible for personnel
and office management. She authored several books including, The Story of Water, The Holway-Kerr Family Book, Radicals of Yesterday, and History of All Souls Unitarian Church of Tulsa: 1921-1971. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and the founder
and first president of the Tulsa Little Theater. Holway served as a Radcliffe College
alumnae trustee for the Southwest and was a national consultant for the Women's Archives
(now the Schlesinger Library). In 1962, she received the Radcliffe College Alumnae
Award for founding the Seven College Association and other works. Holway died August
27, 1968, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Collection includes volumes I and II of the bibliography, "Early Teachers of the South
and West, 1820-1865," documenting women missionary teachers working in Native American
territories, compiled by Frances Hope Kerr Holway between 1957 and 1962 for the Women's
Archives (now the Schlesinger Library). The bibliography contains two cards relating
to each teacher: one noting basic information (birth, death, marriages, number of
children, education, religious affiliations, etc.) about the teachers, while the second
contains citations for related archival resources located in the Oklahoma Historical
Society, Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, the University of Tulsa
Library, private libraries of Mrs Walter Fergusen and Mr. Lee Harkins, the Harvard
Divinity School, Houghton Library, Kansas State Historical Society, San Francisco
Theological Seminary, National Archives Bureau of Indian Affairs, Smithsonian Institute
Bureau of Ethnology, Arkansas Historical Society, and Northeastern State Teachers'
College Library. Holway's files also include research materials on Sue L. McBeth,
a Presbyterian missionary teacher to the Choctaw and Nez Percé, as well as small amount
of material relating to Holway's participation in the Harvard/Radcliffe Institute
on Historical and Archival Management in 1957.
- 1. Articles by Frances Hope Kerr Holway: "What Is Woman's Place Today?," The Radcliffe Quarterly, May 1950; "Union Mission, 1826-1837," The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Winter 1962-63; "Ann Eliza Worcester Roberson as a Linguist," The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume XXXVII, Number 1, n.d. Also includes letter from Holway to Mary Walker re:
research at the Harvard Divinity School Library, 1957.
- 2. Correspondence, notes re: research on Sue McBeth, 1951-1959. Includes report for Holway's
research project for the Harvard/Radcliffe Institute on Historical and Archival Management,
- 3. Transcripts of letters held by the Oklahoma Historical Society to Sue L. McBeth, 1871-1872.
Includes copies of photographs of McBeth.
- 4. Typescript copies of papers and articles about Sue L. McBeth by various authors, n.d.
Includes pamphlet, "The Modern Apostle to the Indians," by Julia Fraser, 1870s.
- 5. Typescript copy of Congregational missionary Cyrus Kingsbury's 1869 autobiography.
Original in Sue L. McBeth papers at the Oklahoma Historical Society, copied March
- 6. The Occident: a Presbyterian Family Paper, Number 1494, December 31, 1896; Number 1495, January 14, 1896 [hand notations note
date as January 17, 1897] featuring articles noting the death of Sue L. McBeth on
May 26, 1893.
- 7. Articles edited by Anna Lewis re: Sue L. McBeth published in The Chronicles of Oklahoma: "Letters Regarding Choctow Missions and Missionaries," September 1939; "Diary of
a Missionary to the Choctaws, 1860-1861," December 1939; "Notes and Documents of Sue
McBeth," June 1943.
- 8. Transcripts of Presbyterian missionary Cyrus Byington's letters held by the Oklahoma
Historical Society, 1831-1932
- 9. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume I: introduction, A, 1962
- 10. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume I: B, 1962; includes "Some
Accounts of Tal-A-Mas-Mico or Rev. John Douglass Bemo" published in the Religious
Department of the Chester Valley Union, Coatesville, Pennsylvania, February 17, 1877
- 11. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume I: C-D, 1962
- 12. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume I: E-G, 1962
- 13. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume I: H-K, 1962
- 14. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume II: introduction, L-Mc,
- 15. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume II: M-P, 1962
- 16. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume II: Q-S, 1962
- 17. "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," Volume II: T-Z, 1962
Archival institutes and workshops--Massachusetts
Indians of North America--Missions
Women missionaries--Southwestern States
Women teachers--Southwestern States--History--19th century--Bibliography
Institute of Historical and Archival Management
McBeth, Sue L. -1893