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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1308

Frederick William Holls papers


Papers of American lawyer, publicist, and secretary of the U.S. delegation to the First International Peace Conference at the Hague Frederick William Holls.


  • 1879-1938
  • Majority of material found in 1897-1903

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Correspondence, mostly to Holls, pertains especially to the First International Peace Conference at the Hague in 1899. Included are letters and telegrams in code from John Hay to Holls or Andrew Dickson White, and much correspondence between Holls and Theodore Roosevelt. Also contains reports, minutes, and memoranda of the U.S. Commission at the conference; Holls' reminiscences of the conference; letters concerning the book he wrote about it; discussions of plans to build a "Temple of Peace" at the Hague, funded by Andrew Carnegie; letters on other diplomatic and international affairs or political appointments; condolence letters to Holls' wife, Caroline M. Sayles Holls, upon his death; and photographs, clippings, memorabilia, and miscellaneous printed material from various peace conferences.

Biographical / Historical

Holls, a lawyer, publicist, and expert in international law and negotiation, was the secretary of the U.S. delegation to the First International Peace Conference at the Hague in 1899.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

52M-207. Gift of Mrs. Robert W. Sayles; received: 1953.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies of many of these letters are in the Columbia University Library.

Processing Information

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.

Holls, Frederick William, 1857-1903. Frederick William Holls papers, 1879-1938: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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