H. Randolph Holder family papers

H. Randolph Holder family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Holder, Clement Lacey-Baker, 1920-2013
Creator: Holder, Howard Randolph, 1916-2002
Title: H. Randolph Holder family papers
Dates: 1933-2002
Quantity: 6.25 Linear feet (10 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3821

Biographical/Historical Note

Howard Randolph Holder (1916-2002) was born in Moline, Illinois to James William and Charlotte Brega Holder. He served in World War II in Co. E, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division. He was captured February 15, 1943 in North Africa and held in prison camp Oflag 64 (Szubin, Poland) until January 1945. He married Clementi Lacey-Baker of Louisville, Kentucky in 1942 and they had four children. They moved to Athens, Georgia in 1948 where Holder was a radio announcer, news director, and part owner of Clarke Broadcasting Corporation.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, writings, photographs, printed material and scrapbooks. There is much correspondence between “Howie” Holder and his wife and family during World War II. One group of letters from Clementi to her husband while he was a POW were found in the prison camp 40 years after the war and returned to them. In 1995 Holder wrote a book about his POW experiences titled Escape to Russia.

Of special interest are letters between Clementi Lacey-Baker and Anton Frederik van Dam (1920-1976) in the Netherlands. They were both 18 years old in 1938 when they began a pen pal relationship. They continued to be friends until his death in 1976. One of his letters was listed in the 1972 Guiness Book of World Records as the longest letter ever written. It was begun in 1940 and ended in 1945, and gave details about the German invasion of his country and the effect on his family. Years later Clementi transcribed this 514 page letter and titled it “Dear Clem.”

Printed material includes newsletters from the prison camp titled The Oflag 64 Item. There are scrapbooks/photo albums of H. Randolph and Clementi Holder, Susan Lacey-Baker, and Anton van Dam.


Arrangement

Organized into 7 series based on format.


Index Terms

Correspondence
Radio broadcasters--Georgia--Athens.
World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage, Netherlands
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

H. Randolph Holder family papers, ms3821, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Biographical Information

BoxFolder
11Howard Randolph Holder
2Clementi Lacey-Baker Holder
 

2. Correspondence

BoxFolder
13Family, 1934, 1942 February-April
4Family, 1942 May-June
5Family, 1942 July-August
6Family, 1942 September
7Family, 1942 October
8Family, 1942 November-December
9Family, 1943 January-February
10Family, 1943 March-December
11Family, 1944
12Family, 1945, undated
13From Clementi Holder to H. Randolph Holder, Information re: discovery of these letters 40 years later, 1984
14From Clementi Holder to H. Randolph Holder, 1943 January-August
15From Clementi Holder to H. Randolph Holder, 1943 September
16From Clementi Holder to H. Randolph Holder, 1943 October-December
17From Clementi Holder to H. Randolph Holder, 1944 January-February
18From Clementi Holder to H. Randolph Holder, 1944 March-September
19Letters from others re: Holder as POW, 1943-1945
BoxFolder
21A-Z
2Awarding of Military Medals, 1983, 1989
3Boy Scouts of America, 1933, 1989
4Rotary Club, 2000-2002
5Friends of the Georgia Museum, 1974
6George Washington Award for Patriotic Achievement, 1996
7Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, 1963-1967
8Invitations, 1964-1965
9Carl E. Sanders, 1995
10Henry Soderberg, 1995-1997
11Robert G. Stephens, Jr., 1964, 1968
BoxFolder
31Clementi Lacey-Baker to Anton van Dam, Volume I, 1937-1939
2Clementi Lacey-Baker to Anton van Dam, Volume II, 1939 June-1941
3Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, letters removed from Volume I, 1938-1939 June
4Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, letters removed from Volume II, 1939 June-1941
5Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker Holder, letters removed from Volume II, 1973, undated
6To Clementi Lacey-Baker from friends of Anton van Dam, letters removed from Volume II, 1940-1941
BoxFolder
41Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker pp. 1-75, 1940 June 24-1941 May 18
2Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey Baker pp. 76-150, 1941 May 18-November 9
3Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker pp. 151-225, 1941 November 14-1942 March 7
4Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker pp. 226-300, 1942 March 7-August 16
5Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker pp. 301-375, 1942 August 16-1943 May 4
6Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker pp. 376-450, 1943 May 4-1945 March 12
7Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker pp. 451-514, 1945 March 12-July 15
8Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, typescripts - Part One, 1940 June 24-1941 July 6
9Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, typescripts - Part Two, 1941 July 12-December 10
BoxFolder
51Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, typescripts - Part Three, 1941 December 11-1942 May 5
2Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, typescripts - Part Four, 1942 May 7-1943 January 9
3Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, typescripts - Part Five, 1943 January 17-1944 September 15
4Anton van Dam to Clementi Lacey-Baker, typescripts - Part Six, 1945 March 12-July 15
 

3. Writings

BoxFolder
212Clarke Broadcasting Corporation, KVML/KZSQ, 1993
13Clarke Broadcasting Corporation, WGAU/WNGC, 1996
14Editorials/Letters to Editors by Randolph Holder, 1960-2002
15Humor
16Rotary Club, Georgia Rotary Student Program
17Rotary Club, Speeches by H. Randolph Holder, 1994, undated
18Speeches by H. Randolph Holder, 1995, undated
19Speeches - Christmas in Prison Camp by H. Randolph Holder, 1990
20Speeches - Christmas Remembered by H. Randolph Holder, undated
21Tribute to H. Randolph Holder by unknown author
22by Clementi Holder, undated
23by other authors, undated
24"A Grand Tour of Russia to Odessa, Winter 1945" by Herbert L. Garris, 1993
25"Escape to Russia" by John R. Sutherland
BoxFolder
61Escape to Russia by H. Randolph Holder, Volume I typed and bound
2Escape to Russia by H. Randolph Holder, Volume II typed and bound
BoxFolder
71Escape to Russia by H. Randolph Holder, published version, 1995
2Escape to Russia by H. Randolph Holder, review, order form,illustrations
 

4. Financial Papers

BoxFolder
811937-1958
 

5. Printed Materials

BoxFolder
82H. Randolph Holder
3Clementi Lacey-Baker Holder
4Art auction / festival (Athens, Ga.), 1964, undated
5Boy Scouts of America, 1933, 1973-1985
6Chamber of Commerce (Athens, Ga.), 1968-2003
7Cigar band collection
8Maps, Netherlands, Germany, 1944, undated
9Medal of Honor Award, 1983
10"The Past is Ever Present... in Athens, Georgia", 1971
11Programs, 1967-2003
12Rotary Club, 1951-2001
13Various Subjects
14World War II, newspapers/newsletters, La Voce, Egyptian Mail, Kregie Times, The Circuit, 1944-1945
15World War II, Oflag 64 prison camp, "The Oflag 64 Item" newsletter, 1943-1945
16World War II, Oflag 64 prison camp theater and sports programs, 1943-1945
17World War II, re: prisoners of war
18World War II, war ration books
 

6. Photographs

BoxFolder
819Photographs
 

7. Scrapbooks

BoxFolder
91H. Randolph and Clementi Holder, 1941-1972
BoxFolder
101H. Randolph Holder, 1995-1999
2Susan Lacey-Baker, H. Randolph Holder, 1956-1961
3Anton Van Dam, 1938-1980