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Collection Number: 04003

Collection Title: Roland Holt Papers, 1883-1956.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract Roland Holt (1867-1931) of New York, N.Y., was vice-president of Henry Holt & Company, publishers, 1903-1924, theater critic, and lecturer on drama, and his wife, Constance D'Arcy Mackay (1887?-1966), was an author of plays, pageants, books, and articles for and about non-professional theater. The collection contains correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and other materials of Roland Holt and Constance D'Arcy Mackay. Included are letters, late 1880s, from Roland Holt to his father about Holt's experiences as a student at Yale University; letters, 1910s-1920s, from actors and playwrights reviewed by Holt; published versions of articles by and about Holt; annual diary volumes, 1896-1920, of Holt, concerning social and theatrical activities; correspondence, 1906-1956. Mackay's papers include letters concerning theatrical business matters, including correspondence with Frederick Henry Koch (1877-1944); plays, poems, and articles by Mackay; and articles concerning MacKay's work, along with clippings, scrapbooks, and pictures.
Creator Holt, Roland, 1867-1931.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Roland Holt Papers, #4003, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Constance D'Arcy Mackay, 1936.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Roland Holt (1867-1931) of New York, N.Y., was vice-president of Henry Holt & Company, publishers, 1903-1924, theater critic, and lecturer on drama, and his wife, Constance D'Arcy Mackay (1887?-1966), was an author of plays, pageants, books, and articles for and about non-professional theater.

Roland Holt, son of publisher Henry Holt, Sr. of Henry Holt & Co., began his literary career as an editor of the Yale Courant and dramatic critic at the New Haven Palladium prior to his graduation from Yale in 1890. He began working for Henry Holt & Co. in 1890, and was vice president of the company from 1903-1924. From approximately 1923-1931, he wrote a weekly column, "The Living Stage," for numerous newspapers and periodicals, and he contributed articles on drama and the theater to various magazines including Social Progress, The Forum, and Theatre and Drama. He also lectured on theater-related topics around the country, and was the director of the Century Opera Company and the New York Drama League. In 1923 he married Constance D'Arby Mackay.

Constance D'Arby Mackay, a native of St. Paul, Minn., was an author who had numerous books published by Henry Holt & Co. She wrote plays and pageants, as well as books on amateur theatrics. Additionally, she directed numerous historical pageants throughout the United States, and contributed articles and poems to Woman's Home Companion, McCalls Magazine, Holland's Magazine, and other periodicals. She was the director of the Department of Pageantry and Drama of War Camp Community Service, 1918-1919, and a member of the Society of American Dramatists and Composers, American Pageant Society, Sulgrave Institution, and the P.E.N. Club.

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The collection contains correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, and other materials of Roland Holt (1867-1931) and Constance D'Arcy Mackay. Included are letters, late 1880s, from Roland Holt to his father about Holt's experiences as a student at Yale University; letters, 1910s-1920s, from actors and playwrights reviewed by Holt; published versions of articles by and about Holt; annual diary volumes, 1896-1920, of Holt, concerning social and theatrical activities; correspondence, 1906-1956. Mackay's papers include letters concerning theatrical business matters, including correspondence with Frederick Henry Koch (1877-1944); plays, poems, and articles by Mackay; and articles concerning MacKay's work, along with clippings, scrapbooks, and pictures. The Roland Holt Papers was originally labeled Series A, and the Constance D'Arby Mackay Papers was originally labeled Series B.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Roland Holt Papers, 1883-1931 and undated.

This series contains the correspondence, writings, clippings, and programs related to the career of Roland Holt. This series was originally labeled Series A.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Correspondence, 1883-1931 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

The correspondence includes letters from Roland Holt to his father, Henry Holt, while studying at Yale University, letters from playwrights and actors reviewed by Holt, and correspondence with various theater associations.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid

Folder 1

1883-1889

Folder 2

1890-1895 and undated

Folder 3

1909-1925

Folder 4

1926-1928

Folder 5

1929-1931 and undated

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Arrangement: chronological.

These materials consist of articles by Roland Holt along with a small amount of student writings and drafts of lectures.

Folder 6

Student writings, 1884-1890

Folder 7

Articles by Roland Holt, 1902-1919

Folder 8

Articles by Roland Holt, 1920-1932

Folder 9

Articles by Roland Holt, 1923

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

Articles by Roland Holt, 1924

Folder 12

Articles by Roland Holt, 1925

Folder 13

Articles by Roland Holt, 1926

Folder 14

Articles by Roland Holt, 1927

Folder 15

Articles by Roland Holt, 1928

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

Articles by Roland Holt, 1929

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

Articles by Roland Holt, 1930

Folder 20

Articles by Roland Holt, 1931

Folder 21-24

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Drafts of articles and talks by Roland Holt, 1916-1928 and undated

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Arrangement: chronological.

Materials in this subseries include clippings, programs, notes, and unidentified writings of Roland Holt.

Folder 25

1891-1920

Folder 26

1921-1923

Folder 27

1924-1930 and undated

Folder 28

1931

Folder 29-30

Folder 29

Folder 30

Programs, 1916-1926

Folder 31

Notes, programs and unidentifed writings

Includes notes for a slide show and two articles by Henry Holt Senior.

Folder 32

Notes and clippings

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This series contains the correspondence, writings, plays and pageants, clippings, and materials related to the career of Constance D'Arby Mackay. This series was originally labeled Series B.

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Arrangement: chronological.

The correspondence includes letters from the University of North Carolina drama department, various theater and writers associations, the National Child Labor Committee, letters concerning publications by Mackay, and correspondence with Frederick Henry Koch.

Folder 33

1906-1913

Folder 34

1914-1917

Folder 35

1918-1921

Folder 36

1922-1927

Folder 37

1929-1930

Folder 38

1931-1935

Folder 39-40

Folder 39

Folder 40

1936

Folder 41

1937-1944

Folder 42

1945-1956 and undated

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These materials consist of articles, printed plays, and poems written by Constance D'Arby Mackay. Also included are clippings, advertisements, and reviews related to her plays and books.

Folder 43-49

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Articles by Constance D'Arcy Mackay, 1916-1929 and undated

Folder 50

Printed plays by Constance D'Arcy Mackay

Folder 51-52

Folder 51

Folder 52

Poems by Constance D'Arcy Mackay

Folder 53

Clippings and articles about Constance D'Arcy Mackay

Folder 54-58

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Clippings, advertisements, and reviews of Constance D'Arcy Mackay's books and plays

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Materials included are chiefly clippings on the Educational Dramatic League, Archibald Henderson tributes to George Bernard Shaw, and clubs and associations. Also present are postcards and pictures.

Folder 81

Clippings: Educational Dramatic League

Folder 82

Clippings: Archibald Henderson tributes to George Bernard Shaw

Folder 83-84

Folder 83

Folder 84

Clippings and Printed Material: Clubs and associations

Folder 85-86

Folder 85

Folder 86

Clippings

Folder 87

Postcards

Folder 88-89

Folder 88

Folder 89

Pictures

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This series chiefly contains the diaries of Roland Holt and scrapbooks of Constance D'Arby Mackay. The diaries contain descriptions of social engagements, plays, and family affairs; and the scrapbooks chiefly contain short stories, plays, poems, clippings, and articles. Also included are a postcard book, slides, and an essay on Richard Wagner.

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This subseries consists chiefly diaries of Roland Holt containing descriptions of social engagements, plays, and family affairs. Also includes a postcard book of actors and actresses, slides, and an essay on Richard Wagner.

Folder 90

Volumes 1-3: Diaries, 1896-1897

Folder 91

Volumes 4-6: Diaries, 1898-1900

Folder 92

Volumes 7-9: Diaries, 1901-1902, 1904

Folder 93

Volumes 10-12: Diaries, 1905-1906, 1908

Folder 94

Volumes 13-15: Diaries, 1910-1912

Folder 95

Volumes 16-18: Diaries, 1915-1917

Folder 96

Volumes 19-21: Diaries, 1918-1920

Folder 97

Volume 22: Postcard book of actors and actresses

Folder 98

Volume 23: Essay on Richard Wagner, 1888; Volume 24: Notebook of poems and stories, 1887-1888

Folder 99

Volume 25: Slides from lectures

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4003/1

Yale diploma, 1890; photograph of Roland Holt

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Items in this subesries are scrapbooks of Constance D'Arby Mackay containing short stories, plays, poems, clippings, and articles.

Folder 100

Volume 26: Scrapbook, 1903-1907; Volume 27: Book of Work, 1904-1911

Volume 26 contains Boston University Senior Play, 1904 and clippings; Volume 27 contains three short stories.

Folder 101

Volume 28: Scrapbook, 1909-1910

Notices and reviews of "The House of the Heart and Other Plays for Children."

Folder 102

Volume 29: Scrapbook, 1904-1911

Published stories and poems.

Folder 103

Volume 30: Scrapbook, 1911-1913

Clippings on pageants and plays.

Folder 104

Volume 31: Scrapbook, 1920-1922

Articles by Constance D'Arby Mackay.

Folder 105

Volume 32: 1922

Clippings on "Franklin."

Folder 106

Volume 33: Scrapbook, 1941

Articles by Constance D'Arby Mackay.

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