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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 291

Papers of Anna Eveleth Holman, 1912-1984


Papers of science teacher, Anna Eveleth Holman, who served with the Radcliffe Unit in France during World War I.


  • Creation: 1912-1984

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anna Eveleth Holman is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.04 linear feet ((2 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize item, 12 folders of photographs)

The bulk of the Anna Eveleth Holman papers consists of correspondence, photographs, and other papers concerning the Radcliffe Unit in France. The collection also includes biographical and genealogical material, and articles, poems, and short stories by Anna Eveleth Holman.

Materials received by the Schlesinger Library in 2014 were added to the collection in June 2014 and are represented in #48-52. All other files remain in the same order. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numeric, order.

The papers are arranged in four series:

Series I, Biographical and Genealogical Material, includes information about the Holman, Newman, Whitcomb, Winslow, Morrell, and Eveleth families; curricula vitae of Holman; passports, identification cards, and certificates.

Series II, The Radcliffe Unit, contains a diary, correspondence, and information about the formation and work of the Radcliffe Unit: letters to Holman from other members of the Unit (#9-13) and from the inhabitants of Buzy, where Holman was stationed (#22-26), and other letters from Holman to her mother (#15-19). (Letters from Holman to Christina Hopkinson Baker, chairman of the Radcliffe Alumnae Association War Work Committee, and other material on the history of the Unit can be found in two volumes entitled "Radcliffe College in France," in the Radcliffe College Archives. These were given to the Archives by Holman.) Holman's application to the Radcliffe Institute for a project on the Radcliffe Unit is also included.

Series III, Writings, includes Holman's typescript draft of The Chronicle of Buzy, an account of the people of Buzy and of the reconstruction work done there; also included are a play, poems, short stories and articles by Holman.

Series IV, Photographs, pictorial account of Holman's work in Buzy, consists of five photograph albums and many loose pictures of the Radcliffe Unit, Red Cross workers, the people of Buzy, others, the town and the countryside. Also included are photographs of Holman and Abigail Adams Eliot, 1970s, n.d.


Anna Eveleth Holman, science teacher, was born July 11, 1892 in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Silas Whitcomb Holman and Lydia (Newman) Holman. She graduated from Brookline High School (1909), Radcliffe College (A.B., 1914), and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M., 1928). Holman began her teaching career at St. Helen's Hall, Portland, Oregon (1914-1916) and Ferry Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois (1916-1921), but most of her career was spent at The Winsor School in Boston (1921-1952). After her retirement Holman taught various continuing education courses in California (1952-1954), and then returned to teach at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts (1954-1957). She was also active in various science organizations and in the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association.

From April 1919 to May 1920, Holman took a leave from Ferry Hall to serve as head of the Radcliffe Unit in France. This Unit was established by the Radcliffe Alumnae Association War Work Committee to help "Le Village Reconstitue" with the reconstruction of French villages destroyed during World War I. Members of this Unit served as motor drivers and nurses' aides under the patronage of three societies of the French Red Cross.


  3. III. WRITINGS. 27-35, 48-51
  4. IV. PHOTOGRAPHS. 36-47, 52

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 1659--77-M204, 2014-M73

The papers of Anna Eveleth Holman were given to the Schlesinger Library in August and September 1969, February, March and April 1970, and December 1977 by Abigail Adams Eliot, in September 1969 by Elizabeth Burrage, and in May 2014 by Alexandra Osti Eliot (Abigail Adams Eliot's grand-niece) via Cynthia Tucker. Accession #2014-M73 was added to the collection in June 2014

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see papers of Anna Eveleth Holman, 1893-1967 (SC 17) and Radcliffe College in France: scrapbooks, 1917-1920, compiled by Anna Eveleth Holman (SC 24).


  1. Box 1: Folders 1-21
  2. Box 2: Folders 22-35
  3. Box 3: 48-51

Processing Information

Processed: November 1979

By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez

Updated: June 2014

By: Anne Engelhart

Holman, Anna Eveleth, 1892-1969. Papers of Anna Eveleth Holman, 1912-1984: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
Language of description
Processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-0051-79-1260).

Repository Details

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