An Inventory of the Jesse Herman Holmes Papers, 1905-1973

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/064


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Abstract
Jesse Herman Holmes (1864-1942), was a Quaker philosophy professor at Swarthmore College, 1900-1937. Holmes was an active participant in AFSC relief after World War I, travelling to oversee work in reconstruction throughout Europe. Holmes was the president of the National Federation of Religious Liberals and an active member of the Socialist party. Collection contains correspondence, biographical data, writings, and sermons. Also audio cassettes of reminiscences of friends, former students, and others, compiled by Albert J. Wahl, and relating to Holmes' life and career as an influential philosophy professor at Swarthmore College (1900-1937).

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE Jesse Herman Holmes was born 1864 in Iowa, the son of Jesse and Sara Morgan Paxson Holmes. He attended Nebraska State University and John Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He married Rebecca S. Webb, daughter of William B. and Rebecca [Turner] Webb in 1892. Holmes taught at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. and then George School in Bucks County, PA until 1899, when he set sail for Oxford to prepare to teach philosophy at Swarthmore College. He became Professor of the History of Religion and Philosophy at Swarthmore College in 1899 and Professor of Philosophy in 1922. He continued to teach at the College until 1937. After his retirement, he became professor emeritus. Holmes was an active participant in AFSC relief after World War I, travelling to oversee work in reconstruction throughout Europe. Holmes was the president of the National Federation of Religious Liberals and an active member of the Socialist party.

Jesse and Rebecca had three children, Elizabeth Webb, Robert Sinclair, and Jesse Herman Holmes Jr. [III]. Elizabeth died at 16 of complications from diabetes. The family lived in Swarthmore, and Jesse attended Swarthmore Meeting. He died in 1942.

TIME LINE
1864 Born in Iowa
1892 Married Rebecca Webb
1892-1899 Taught at Sidwell Friends School and George School
1899 Studied in Oxford
1899-19237 Taught at Swarthmore College
1942 Died, 1942

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS Collection contains correspondence, biographical data, writings, and sermons. Also audio cassettes of reminiscences of friends, former students, and others, compiled by Albert J. Wahl, and relating to Holmes' life and career as an influential philosophy professor at Swarthmore College (1900-1937).

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into four series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Audio cassettes -- Reminiscences
  • College teachers -- Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania -- Education -- Universities and colleges
  • Philosophy -- Study and teaching
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social service
  • Reminiscences
  • Sermons
  • Swarthmore (Pa.) -- Education -- Universities and colleges
  • Swarthmore College -- Faculty -- Personal and professional papers
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Holmes, Jesse Herman, 1864-1942
  • Wahl, Albert John, 1909-
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1970
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical material

Obituaries, etc. Box 1

Anecdotes pertaining to Jesse Holmes Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1905-1933

Letter from Jesse H. Holmes to Ernest Cotterell 2/4/1905 Box 1

Letter from Jesse H. Holmes to Clarence S. Platt 4/5/1933 Box 1

Ser. 3. Writings, 1941, n.d.

Two sermons from newspapers Box 1

“Retired Philosopher” column from the Liberal Press n.d. Box 1

Philosophy manuscript, “A philosophy is any general system...”
Includes miscellaneous preliminary drafts.
August, 1941. (typewritten 1st copy) Box 1

“Our 'Christianity'?”, essay n.d. (typescript) Box 1

Ser. 4. Tape recordings, 1972-1973, n.d.
(10 cassettes)

Tape recordings of research interviews by Albert J. Wahl
Used by Wahl in preparation of his book, Jesse Herman Holmes, 1864-1942: A Quaker's Affirmation for Man (Richmond, Ind.: Friends United Press), 1979.
Box 1

Interviews with:

Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Carter, Lansdowne, PA May 18, 1972 (1 cassette) Box 1

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Holmes, III, Washington, D.C June 7, 1973 (2 cassettes) Box 1

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tompkins, Indiana, PA May 25, 1973 (1 cassette) Box 1

Rebecca Timbres Clark, Moorestown, New Jersey July 20, 1972 (1 cassette) Box 1

Eleanor Stabler Clarke, Swarthmore, PA April 12, 1972 (1 cassette) Box 1

Margaret Byrd Rawson, Frederick, MD May 16, 1972 (3 cassettes) Box 1

Margaret L. Price, Media, PA April 12, 1972 (1 cassette) Box 1