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COLLECTION Identifier: A-59

Papers of Frances Hope Kerr Holway, 1871-1962


Bibliography, correspondence, and research files of Frances Hope Kerr Holway, bibliographer, who worked on early women teachers and missionaries in southern and western United States.


  • 1871-1962

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Frances Hope Kerr Holway as well as 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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Collection includes volumes I and II of the bibliography, "Early Teachers of the South and West, 1820-1865," documenting women missionary teachers working in Native American territories, compiled by Frances Hope Kerr Holway between 1957 and 1962 for the Women's Archives (now the Schlesinger Library). The bibliography contains two cards relating to each teacher: one noting basic information (birth, death, marriages, number of children, education, religious affiliations, etc.) about the teachers, while the second contains citations for related archival resources located in the Oklahoma Historical Society, Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, the University of Tulsa Library, private libraries of Mrs Walter Fergusen and Mr. Lee Harkins, the Harvard Divinity School, Houghton Library, Kansas State Historical Society, San Francisco Theological Seminary, National Archives Bureau of Indian Affairs, Smithsonian Institute Bureau of Ethnology, Arkansas Historical Society, and Northeastern State Teachers' College Library. Holway's files also include research materials on Sue L. McBeth, a Presbyterian missionary teacher to the Choctaw and Nez Percé, as well as small amount of material relating to Holway's participation in the Harvard/Radcliffe Institute on Historical and Archival Management in 1957.


Frances Hope Kerr Holway was born November 13, 1886, in Van Etten, New York. She married William Rea Holway, an engineer, in 1916; they had three children, Donal, Charlotte, and William. Holway received an AB from Radcliffe College in 1910 and taught in the University of Oklahoma Extension Department before joining her husband's engineering firm, W.R. Holway and Associates, eventually becoming a partner responsible for personnel and office management. She authored several books including, The Story of Water, The Holway-Kerr Family Book, Radicals of Yesterday, and History of All Souls Unitarian Church of Tulsa: 1921-1971. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and the founder and first president of the Tulsa Little Theater. Holway served as a Radcliffe College alumnae trustee for the Southwest and was a national consultant for the Women's Archives (now the Schlesinger Library). In 1962, she received the Radcliffe College Alumnae Award for founding the Seven College Association and other works. Holway died August 27, 1968, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 57-68, 58-48, 58-60, 58-71, 59-58, 2, 27, 447, 805

Gift of Mrs. William R. Holway, 1500 S. Frisko, Tulsa 5, Oklahoma, between July 1957 and September 1964.

Related Material:

Additional research materials created by Frances Hope Kerr Holway can be found at the Oklahoma Historical Society; see Hope Holway Collection. 1820-1893, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division.

Container List

  1. Box 1: 1-14
  2. Box 2: 15-17

Processing Information

Reprocessed: May 2016

By: Johanna Carll
Link to catalog
Holway, Frances Hope Kerr, 1886-1968. Papers of Frances Hope Kerr Holway, 1871-1962: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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