MC 00010 Guide to the Alexander Quarles Holladay Papers, 1858 - 1912

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[Box 1, Folder 1]
A book signed by President Holladay's classmates as he left the University of Virginia in 1858.
[Box 1, Folder 2]
A book of incidental expenses of Alexander Q. Holladay's first year as President of North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.
[Box 1, Folder 3]
Three letters: one written by J. M. Pickles (son - in - law of A. Q. Holladay) and two written by Alexander Q. Holladay during his tenure as President of North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, 1894, and 1895.
[Box 1, Folder 4]
Alexander Quarles Holladay, LL.D. Address in presenting his portrait to the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In this speech the orator gives details relating to the Holladay family genealogy dating to 1702. Mr. Haywood also quotes a Raleigh News and Observer editorial dated March 16, 1909.
[Box 1, Folder 5]
A photograph of the plaque on Holladay Hall, so named in honor of Colonel Alexander Q. Holladay, LL.D., and two photographs of engravings that depict scenes in Shakespearean plays.
[Box 1, Folder 6]
Inscribed by Julia Holladay and Frances Quarles
[Box 1, Folder 8]
Inside cover signed by [John C. or James C.?] Holladay
[Oversize Flat Box 2]
A preservation photocopy of Holladay's Civil War military commission certificate.


Holladay, Alexander Quarles, 1839-1909


2.75 Linear feet 1 archival storage box and 1 oversize flat box

General Physical Description note

1 archival storage box and 1 oversize flatbox


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Acquisitions Information

Gifts, 1957, 1965-1973, 1987.


Processed by: Laurence Gavin;machine-readable finding aid created by: Laurence Gavin


4/11/2012, Materials added and finding aid updated by Todd Kosmerick

Scope and Content Note

The Alexander Quarles Holladay Papers consist of photographs, letters, a speech, a notebook, a memory book, and a certificate of Holladay's Civil War military commission. The memory book is from Holladay's final year as a student at the University of Virginia. The speech given at the presentation of his portrait provides a genealogy dating to 1702. Some photographs of Shakespearean engravings are included. Other materials relate to Holladay's tenure as the first president of North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) and include a "Book of Incidental Expenses" kept by Holladay during the first year, 1889-1890. The published books are items that had been in the Holladay family.

Biographical Note

Alexander Quarles Holladay was born at Cherry Hill, Spotsylvania County, Virginia on May 8, 1839. He was educated at the University of Virginia (1857-1859) and the University of Berlin (1859-1861). During the Civil War he rose from private to second lieutenant and on to colonel in the Confederate Army. Following the war, Holladay studied law and eventually practiced in partnership with his father between 1870 and 1877. He also served in the Virginia state senate from 1871 to 1875. He taught in Richmond for a while before becoming principal of Stonewall Jackson Institute in Abingdon, Virginia. In 1885 he was elected president of the Florida State Agricultural College in Lake City. Holladay was named the first president of North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) upon its opening in 1889 and remained so for ten years until his retirement in 1899. Prior to his retirement he was honored with the degree of Doctor of Laws by Davidson College. After his resignation, Dr. Holladay spent time in Delaware, New York, and Virginia until failing health brought him back to his daughter's home in Raleigh, North Carolina. He died there on March 13, 1909.

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