Alexander Quarles Holladay Papers 1815- 1912

Creator
Holladay, Alexander Quarles, 1839-1909
Size
2.75 linear feet (1 archival storage box and 1 oversize flat box)
Location

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Call number
MC 00010

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.

Alexander Quarles Holladay (1839-1909) was a Civil War veteran, lawyer, educator, Virginia state senator, and college president. He 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.

Biographical/historical 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.

Scope/content

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.

Physical description

1 archival storage box and 1 oversize flatbox

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by type of document.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Quarles Holladay Papers, MC 00010, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gifts, 1957, 1965-1973, 1987.

Processing information

Processed by: Laurence Gavin, 2005; Encoded by Laurence Gavin, 2005. Materials added and finding aid updated: by Todd Kosmerick, 2012.

Signature Book 1858

A book signed by President Holladay's classmates as he left the University of Virginia in 1858.

Box 1, Folder 1
Ledger 1889-1890

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 2
Correspondence 1893-1895

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 3
Speech / by Marshall De Lancey Haywood, 1912 May 27

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 4
Photographs 1889

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 5
Book of Common Prayer 1815

Inscribed by Julia Holladay and Frances Quarles

Box 1, Folder 6
Barnes, Albert. Notes Explanatory and Practical on the Gospels [book] 1859

Inscribed by Jennie L. Holladay

Box 1, Folder 7
Drawing book with mother-of-pearl inlay on cover circa 1890

Inside cover signed by [John C. or James C.?] Holladay

Box 1, Folder 8
Military Commission 1861 May 25

A preservation photocopy of Holladay's Civil War military commission certificate.

Oversize flat box 2

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Quarles Holladay Papers, MC 00010, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.