Holloman Family Papers, 1915-1975
Collection No. 41 (12 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives
ProvenanceThe Holloman family children donated the papers to the Library in 1992.
The Rev. John L. S. Holloman, native of Hertford County, N.C., graduated from Waters Institute in Winton, N.C., in 1905. Holloman attended Virginia Union Theological Seminary from 1906 to 1908 and then taught at Waters Institute from 1910 to 1917 while at the same time serving as pastor of a small rural church. In 1912, he married Rosa Victoria Jones, a native of Charlottesville, Va., and a graduate of Hampton Institute.
In 1917, the Hollomans moved to Washington, D.C., where Rev. Holloman became pastor of the famous Second Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., until his retirement. Second Baptist was noted for its Sunday School Lyceum, which became a magnet for leading intellectuals in the African-American community.
Rev. Holloman was President of the Washington Baptist Seminary since its founding in 1927 and President of the Board of Trustees of the Stoddard Baptist Home. Locally, he was active in civic organizations and the Republican Party. He gained a national reputation as editor of the Lott Carey Herald, official organ of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society.
Mrs. Holloman, at various times, served as President of the Lott Carey Convention Women's Auxiliary, as well as a leader in local and national organizations for minister's wives. She was an Eastern Star member of the Datcher Chapter and active in the PTA.
The Hollomans' children are Carolyn H. Troupe, Grace H. Davis, Jessie H. Jackson, Marjorie H. Parker and Dr. J.L.S. Holloman.
The papers consist primarily of the correspondence of Rev. Holloman from the 1920s through the 1960s, years in which he served as pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. Rev. Holloman's handwritten lecture notes and manuscripts of sermons, speeches, and articles are in the collection as well as some records from the Second Baptist Church.
Scope and Content Note
Files regarding the Holloman's work in the Lott Carey Society, the National Baptist Convention, Eastern Star, Alpha Sigma Sorority and other religious and civic organization are in the papers. Also included are family photographs, a travel log, and other family memorabilia. The papers are arranged into five series:
General processing procedures consisted of discarding duplicates and unnecessary binders. Oversized documents and photographs were removed from their original location in their assigned series and placed in separate containers. Separation sheets were inserted in the original location within the folder to indicate the new location of any records placed elsewhere.
Preservation copying of newspaper clippings was performed whenever feasible. Records in folders were arranged, unless otherwise indicated, in forward chronological order, with undated records appearing at the end of the folder.
It also includes Mrs. Holloman's correspondence and a handwritten account of the Holloman's trip to the Baptist World Alliance Congress held in London in 1955 with extended travel through Europe, Egypt, and the "holy land."
The series also includes materials regarding Reverend Holloman's work for Lott Carey and the National Baptist Convention.
- Box 1940-1941
- Misc 1940s
- 1950s Misc Correspondence
- Misc 1960s
- Rosa Holloman's correspondence, 1937-1971
- National Association of Ministers Wives, 1937-1971
- Rosa Holloman's speeches, 1955-1699
- Eastern Star, ca. 1938-1957
- Alpha Sigma, ca. 1938-1957
- Women's Auxiliary of Lott Carey, ca. 1938-1957
- Second Baptist Weekly Bulletins, 1950-1970
- Funeral statements, 1965-1969
- "Gold Everywhere"
- Lott Carey materials, 1921-1958
- Church Finance, insurance, and tax papers, 1947-1959
- Lecture, outlines, sermons, 1915-1972
- Manuscripts of Speeches, Articles, Reviews, Reports (3 Folders)
- Speeches, articles, reviews, and reports, 1915-1972
- Greeting cards, envelopes, n.d.
- Address lists, birth registration, clippings, and other misc., 1919-1972
- Travel log (trip to Europe and holy land), 1955
- Rev. Holloman 85th Birthday Gift
- Family papers and photographs, n.d.
- Hood for gown