Inventory of the Robert Holyfield Collection, 1937 - 1945 Mss.Coll.019

Inventory of the Robert Holyfield Collection, 1937 - 1945
Mss.Coll.019


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Contact Information:

Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
2550 Campus Box
Elon, North Carolina
27244
336-278-6599
Email: belkarchives@elon.edu
URL: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/library/libraryinfo/archiveinfo.xhtml

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Robert Holyfield
Title: Robert Holyfield Collection, 1937 - 1945
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: The Robert Holyfield collection provides useful materials and resources relating to Elon College and World War II. The majority of the items in this collection are correspondences that shed light onto life in a small town in North Carolina, daily life at Elon College, and what it is like being part of the U.S. military during World War II. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into four series, then chronologically within each series where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Financial Documents; Literary Productions; Printed Material.
Extent: 0.5 linear feet, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Holyfield Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Gift. Mr. Huey purchased this collection from E-Bay.


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Accession Information

#2006.25.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, December, 2006

Encoded by Katie Nash, September, 2009


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Biographical Note

This collection and other sources in the Elon University Archives and Special Collections do not provide a lot of biographical information about Robert Holyfield. However, from the correspondences within this collection, the names of family members are identified. His father's name was H.G. Holyfield and his older sister was Evelyn Holyfield (who attended Meredith College). There is no record of Robert's mother's name, but both of his parents lived in Rockford, NC. There is mention of an Aunt Alice, but no last name or relation is recorded (1:6).

Robert Hardin Holyfield attended Elon College in 1941 and was drafted for World War II sometime during 1942-43 (1:4). There is a letter from the Registrar at the time, Dr. Alonzo L. Hook, stating that Elon had received Robert's transcripts from high school and that he would be enrolled as a freshman at Elon in 1941 (1:4). Copeland High School in Rockford, NC is mentioned and possibly was the school Holyfield attended.

Other family members mentioned are Roy Lee Holyfield (Rockford, NC) and Rush Holyfield (Jacksonville, FL). No specific familial relation is stated.

Biographical Sources: Mss.Coll.#019-1:4-1:6 and 1:9.


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Scope and Content Note

The Robert Holyfield collection provides useful materials and resources relating to Elon College and World War II. The majority of the items in this collection are correspondences that shed light onto life in a small town in North Carolina, daily life at Elon College, and what it is like being part of the U.S. military during World War II. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into four series, then chronologically within each series where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Financial Documents; Literary Productions; Printed Material.

The financial documents and literary productions series are the smallest in the collection, only containing a total of four items. None of the items in these series offer a lot of historical information or information specifically about Robert Holyfield. However, the materials within the printed materials series offer unique contextual information regarding the music program and the classes Robert Holyfield could enroll in while attending Elon during the early 1940s (4:1, 4:4).


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into four series, then chronologically within each series where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Financial Documents; Literary Productions; Printed Material.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.



Holyfield, Robert Hardin
World War, 1939-1945
Elon College
Elon (N.C.)
Letters
Elon University -- Archival resources


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Related Material

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence. 1937-1945.
9 Folders. circa 47 Items.
The correspondence series primarily contains handwritten letters to and from Robert Hardin Holyfield. The majority of the letters are to Robert from either his mother or father asking questions about Elon College and daily life activities. Of particular interest, many of the letters prior to the 1940s are written by Evelyn Holyfield (Robert’s sister) to her parents talking about daily life and school in Raleigh, NC while she attended Meredith College (1:2, 1:3). Specifically, there is a letter that Evelyn wrote to her parents that mentions the fact that Thad Eure, former North Carolina Secretary of State, was going to speak in Raleigh and she hoped to go and hear him speak (1:3).
Within this series, there is a letter from the Registrar at the time, Dr. Alonzo L. Hook, stating that Elon had received Robert’s transcripts from high school and that he would be enrolled as a freshman at Elon in 1941 (1:4). Most of the letters written in 1942 pertain specifically to the daily life, activities, and school work at Elon College (1:5-1:7). Of particular historical interest are letters that Robert Holyfield wrote to the local draft board requesting that he be deferred from the draft of World War II until he finished his second year of college (1:5).
Not only do the letters to Robert from his parents inquire about college life events and activities, but they discuss (sometimes in detail) the happenings back home in Rockford, NC. Of particular historical interest involving race relations in North Carolina during this time period, is a letter Robert received from his father, H.G. Holyfield, from April 20, 1942 in which H.G. talks about how he dislikes African Americans hanging around their property (1:6). Specifically, H.G. states “That is what I dislike about having darkies up there, but we have every door locked except kitchen and living room.” (1:6) Additionally, there are a few correspondences in this series in which Robert’s mother discusses her disdain against World War II and how she wishes the war would end (1:6).
Furthermore in this series, there is a time gap from 1942 to 1944 in which Robert transitioned from being in school at Elon College to serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II (1:8, 1:9). In a few of the letters that Robert wrote back home to his parents from abroad, he discusses in detail the daily life and activities of being part of the U.S. military (1:9).
Folder 1. Letters. Undated (circa 1940s).
* Army Air Corps
Folder 2. Letters. 1937.
* Meredith College
* Rockford, NC
* Holyfield, Evelyn
* Holyfield, H.G.
* Raleigh, NC
Folder 3. Letters. 1939.
* Meredith College
* Rockford, NC
* Holyfield, H.G.
* Raleigh, NC
* Holyfield, Evelyn
* Eure, Thad
* Secretary of State-NC
Folder 4. Letters. 1941.
* Elon College
* Holyfield, Robert
* Dobson, NC
* Hook, Alonzo L.
* Registrar-Elon College
Folder 5. Letters. January-February 1942.
* Dobson, NC
* Army Air Corps
* Elon College, NC
* Rockford, NC
* Fires at Elon
* Holyfield, Evelyn
* Holyfield, Robert Hardin
* Holyfield, Rush
* Jacksonville, FL
* Holyfield, Roy Lee
* Winston-Salem, NC
* New dining hall at Elon
* Holyfield, H.G.
Folder 6. Letters. April 1942.
* Elon College
* Holyfield, Robert H.
* Holyfield, H.G.
* Holyfield, Evelyn
* Rockford, NC
* Winston-Salem, NC
* Holyfield, Roy Lee
* Holyfield, Catherine
* World War II
* McCormick, Ralph
* Fort Bragg, NC
* McCormick, Woodrow
* Holyfield, Alice
* African Americans
* Holyfield, Grady
* Gasoline Crisis (1940s)
* Wood, Escar
Folder 7. Letters. May-August 1942.
* Holyfield, Evelyn
* Holyfield, Robert H.
* Rockford, NC
* Elon College
* Colclough, George D.
* Dormitory fee-Elon
* West Dormitory
* Ladies Hall
* East Dormitory
* North Dormitory
* Oak Lodge
* Club House-Elon College
* Carlton House
* Hook, Alonzo L.
* Smith, Leon Edgar
* Comer, Claude
* W.S.J.S.-radio station
* Winston-Salem, NC
* Draft questionnaire
* World War II
* Draft deferment
* Army Air Corps
* South Dormitory (Publishing House)
* Civil Aeronautics units
Folder 8. Letters. 1944.
* United States Army Air Forces
* Holyfield, Robert H.
* Rockford, NC
* Holyfield, H.G.
* Radios-circular
* Morse code
* World War II
Folder 9. Letters. 1945.
* Mt. Airy, NC
* Finch, H.M.
* Surry County Baptist Association
* Marks, Willa
* Baptist Hospital
* Winston-Salem, NC
* Holyfield, Robert H.
* Hartley, Ruth
* Wylie, W. Dek.
* Rockford, NC
* Holyfield, H.G.
* Marianas Islands
* World War II
* Lawrence, Virginia
* Reece, Nathan
* Armed Forces Radio Programs
* Copeland High School
* Okinawa Island
* Japan
* Pyle, Ernie
2. Financial Documents. 1942.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
The one item represented in this series is a receipt from the business manager at Elon College to Robert Holyfield (without stating what was paid for) documenting that the school received $1.00 from Mr. Holyfield (2:1).
Folder 1. Receipt. 1942.
* Holyfield, Robert H.
* Elon College
3. Literary Productions. Undated.
1 Folder. 3 Items.
The literary productions series contains only three documents. All of the papers have the same information typed on them, the poems of Clara M. Simmerman. The poems appear to have no direct relation to items included in the rest of the collection (3:1).
Folder 1. Poetry. Undated.
* Simmerman, Clara M.
* Troy, Ohio
4. Printed Material. 1941-1942.
4 Folders. 5 Items.
This series contains a variety of materials, mostly relating to Elon College or World War II. Of particular interest relating to Elon College is a paper that outlines the rules and regulations developed by the director of music, Stuart Pratt, for music students who wish to use practice rooms (4:1). A good statement that represents how certain genres of music were perceived during the 1940s can be found within the rules and regulations which states, “The practice rooms are for the purpose of practicing music of the type assigned to applied music students. This does not include ‘swing’” (4:1). Another piece of material that pertains to Elon College, is a handwritten class schedule that permitted Robert Holyfield to enroll in the classes that were listed on the schedule (4:4).
The one item in the printed material series that relates to World War II is an original War Rations Book (4:2). While none of the names printed on this rations book relate to any other items in the collection, it does provide a warning statement and a set of instructions on how the book is to be used and handled (4:2).
Folder 1. Miscellaneous. Undated (circa 1940s).
* Pratt, Stuart
* Elon College
* Applied Music Course
* Practice rooms-regulations
* Music students
* Holyfield, Robert H.
Folder 2. Miscellaneous. 1942.
* War ration book
* Stringer, Lew Winn Jr.
* World War II
Folder 3. Program. 1941.
* Elon College Community Church
* Smith, Leon Edgar
* Moore, Fletcher
Folder 4. Schedules. Undated (circa 1940s).
* Holyfield, Robert H.
* Elon College
* Class schedule