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Rosa G. Holmes Walker Papers

 Collection — Container: M85-1
Identifier: M85-1

Scope and Contents

Personal and business documents of Rosa Holmes Walker, an African-American funeral home director and businesswoman active in Jacksonville, Florida, during the early twentieth century. Included are materials relating to her relatives, Henry and Fannie Glover of St. Augustine, Florida (early twentieth century) and to the Glovers of South Carolina (nineteenth century). Ledgers, volumes of client records, and funeral home bills comprise the majority of the collection. Inclusive years are 1871-1943, with the bulk of the materials from 1920-1930. Few personal items included. The Collection complements the Eartha White Collection as a source for African-American history in Jacksonville, Florida, and provides documentation of a successful businesswoman flourishing in early twentieth century Northeast Florida.

Dates

  • Created: 1871-1943
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1920-1930
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1985

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. For information relating to Rosa Holmes Walker and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or email lib-special@unf.edu

Biographical or Historical Information

Business entrepreneur and funeral home director. After the death of her husband, J. C. Holmes, in 1916, she operated the Holmes Funeral Directors, Inc. in Jacksonville. Married Reverend Thomas H. B. Walker, a Methodist minister and author, in 1918. Managed real estate properties in Jacksonville and New York.

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Extent

5.30 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Personal and business documents of Rosa Holmes Walker, an African-American funeral home director and businesswoman active in Jacksonville, Florida, during the early twentieth century. Included are materials relating to her relatives, Henry and Fannie Glover of St. Augustine, Florida (early twentieth century) and to the Glovers of South Carolina (nineteenth century).

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Daniel L. Schafer, 1985

Method of Acquisition

The materials were acquired by UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives on 00/00/1985.

Related Materials

Electronic versions of some collection materials are available on the World Wide Web as part of the Florida Heritage Collection. Online selections include: Register of the Florida Baptist Academy, Jacksonville, Florida, with catalog of students. St. Joseph Aid Society, Jacksonville, Florida, 192-?. Information about related materials is available at http://susdl.fcla.edu/fh/

Related Publications

"All in the Family." Florida Times-Union, First Business, March 22, 1999:10.

Other Descriptive Information

Container list available.

Title
Rosa G. Holmes Walker Papers
Author
Collection Description/Finding Aid prepared by Eileen D. Brady.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville FL 32224 US
904-620-1533