Holland Family Papers, 1898-1972

Overview of the Collection

Holland, George Frank
Holland Family Papers
1898-1972 (inclusive)
0.1 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Folder)
Collection Number
Cage 4822 (collection)
Photocopies of various documents relating to the family of State College of Washington President E. O. Holland.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ernest Otto Holland was born in Bennington, Indiana on February 4, 1874. He received an A.B. degree from Indiana University in 1895. From 1895 to 1900 he taught English at various Indiana high schools, and then became Head of the English Department at Louisville Male High School in Kentucky. In 1900 Holland became Associate Professor of Education at Indiana University. He progressed from Associate Professor in 1905 to Professor by 1908. In 1908 he took a leave of absence to further his education at the Teachers' College of Columbia University. In 1910, with funding from the Carnegie Foundation, Holland undertook a study of public education in Pennsylvania that ultimately became his doctoral dissertation. After receiving his Doctor of Philosophy degree, Holland became Superintendent of Louisville Schools.

In January 1916 Holland became the fourth President of the State College of Washington. In 1917, President Holland initiated a reorganization of the institution, creating five colleges and four schools, a key step toward eventual university status. Holland encouraged recruitment of national fraternities and sororities to the Pullman campus, with 22 new Greek chapters established during his presidency. , Holland became the longest-serving president of WSU, retiring in 1945.

The University’s then new central library, completed in 1950, was named Holland Library in his honor. The University’s Museum of Art houses the E. O. Holland Collection, primarily nineteenth and early twentieth century American and European paintings that Holland collected and donated to WSU. E. O. Holland died in May 1950.

For information on Holland's administration and his other interests see: William Landeen, E. O. Holland and The State College of Washington: 1916-1944.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photocopies of various documents relating to the family of State College of Washington President E. O. Holland.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Holland Family Papers, 1898-1972 (Cage 4822)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The photocopies were gifted by George Frank Holland II in 1993.

Related Materials

State College of Washington Office of the President: Ernest O. Holland Records, 1890-1950 (Archives 159)

State College of Washington Office of the President: Guest Book, 1940 August-1945 October 16 (Cage 1638)

State College of Washington Office of the President: Letters from Prominent Correspondents, 1897-1951 (Cage 1616)

Washington State University Office of the President Media, 1937-2006 (Archives 328)

Ernest O. Holland Radio Speech Cassette Recording, 1940 (CT 8)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Holland, Ernest Otto, 1874-1950 -- Archives
  • Holland, George Frank -- Archives

Corporate Names

  • State College of Washington

Family Names

  • Holland family -- Archives