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Collection ID: M85-1

Rosa G. Holmes Walker Papers, 1871-1943, bulk 1920-1930

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
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
Preferred citation:
Rosa G. Holmes Walker Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

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).
Extent:
5.30 Linear Feet
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
Rosa G. Holmes Walker Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

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

Background

Scope and Content:

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.

Biographical / Historical:

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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Acquisition information:

Gift of Dr. Daniel L. Schafer, 1985

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

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