Holloman Family Papers, 1915-1975

Holloman Family Papers, 1915-1975

Finding Aid

Collection No. 41 (12 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives


The Holloman family children donated the papers to the Library in 1992.  

Biographical Information

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.   

Scope and Content Note

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.  

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:

Processing Procedures

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.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Correspondence 1917-1967 (6 linear ft.)

This series contains Rev. Holloman's professional and personal correspondence during his tenure at the Second Avenue Baptist Church. Rev. Holloman corresponded with ministers all along the East Coast, as well as officials in a variety of civic and religious organizations in D.C. and the nation. A sample of organizations represented in the correspondence include the Stoddard Baptist Home; The Shiloh Baptist Church in D.C.; Union Baptist Church in Stamford, Conn.; Virginia Union Theological Seminary; the Metro Baptist Church in D.C.; and the Republican State Committee in D.C. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Series II: Rosa Holloman Materials, 1930-1971 (1.75 linear ft.)

This series contains programs, publications, speeches, certificates, handwritten meeting notes, and publications that cover Mrs. Holloman's involvement in the Datcher Chapter of Eastern Star, Lott Carey Women's Auxiliary, Sigma Shadows of Alpha Sigma Sorority, and the National Association of Minister's Wives.

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."

Series III: Church Records, 1915-1972 (1.25 linear ft.)

Financial materials, including tax data, correspondence, insurance, receipts, and invoices appear first, arranged in chronological order.  After the financial records, are other church records, including programs, newsletters, correspondence, attendance sheets, and award certificates, which document the activities of the Second Avenue Baptist Church.

The series also includes materials regarding Reverend Holloman's work for Lott Carey and the National Baptist Convention.

Series IV: Sermons and Writings, 1915-1972 (1.75 linear ft.)

This series contains written manuscripts of many of Rev. Holloman's sermons, speeches, book reviews, journal articles, reports, editorials, and other writings.   

Series V:  Family Memorabilia, 1926-1963 (1.75 linear ft.)

The series includes greeting cards, addressed envelopes, a calling card plate of Rev. Holloman, a travel log, a hood for a commencement gown, and school papers of fifth grader Jason Parker in 1953.  

Box Inventory

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1

  • 1915-1929

Box 2

  • 1930-1939
  • Misc

Box 3

  • Box 1940-1941

Box 4

  • 1942-1944

Box 5

  • 1945-1946

Box 6

  • 1947-1949
  • Misc 1940s

Box 7

  • 1950-1952

Boxes 8-12

  • 1953-1957

Box 13

  • 1958-1959
  • 1950s Misc Correspondence

Box 14

  • 1960-1964

Box 15

  • 1965-1969
  • Misc 1960s

Series II: Rosa Holloman's Materials

Box 16

  • Rosa Holloman's correspondence, 1937-1971

Box 17

  • National Association of Ministers Wives, 1937-1971

Box 18

  • Rosa Holloman's speeches, 1955-1699

Box 19

  • Eastern Star, ca. 1938-1957
  • Alpha Sigma, ca. 1938-1957
  • Women's Auxiliary of Lott Carey, ca. 1938-1957

Series III: Church Records

Box 20

  • Second Baptist Weekly Bulletins, 1950-1970
  • Funeral statements, 1965-1969
  • "Gold Everywhere"

Box 21

  • Lott Carey materials, 1921-1958

Boxes 22-24

  • Church Finance, insurance, and tax papers, 1947-1959

Series IV: Sermons and Writings

Box 25

  • Lecture, outlines, sermons, 1915-1972
  • Manuscripts of Speeches, Articles, Reviews, Reports (3 Folders)

Box 26

  • Speeches, articles, reviews, and reports, 1915-1972

Series V: Family Memorabilia

Box 27

  • 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

Box 28

  • Family papers and photographs, n.d.

Box 29

  • Hood for gown


Prepared by Faye Haskins, September 1998

DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives

Back to Special Collections Homepage