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HOLLOWAY, Thomas (1800-1883)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0505 RHC GB130
Held at: Royal Holloway, University of London
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Full title: HOLLOWAY, Thomas (1800-1883)
Date(s): 1874-1884
Level of description: Subfonds of Royal Holloway College
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Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Holloway | Thomas | 1800-1883 | patent medicine vendor, benefactor and art collector
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Holloway (1800-1883) was a highly successful pill and ointment manufacturer, who pioneered the use of product advertising. He married Jane Driver in 1840, and together they built up a large and prosperous business. Having no descendants, Holloway decided to use his fortune for philanthropic causes, and was encouraged by Lord Shaftesbury to found a mental hospital and by his wife to found a college for the higher education of women. This resulted in the Holloway Sanatorium (opened 1885) and Royal Holloway College (opened 1886), the latter serving as a memorial to Jane Holloway, who died in 1875. Thomas Holloway died before either project was completed, but not before the composition of a Royal Holloway College Foundation Deed. He left a large sum of money with which to endow the College.


Scope and content/abstract:

Outward Letter Book, 1874-1877, containing letters written by and on behalf of Thomas Holloway; Ledger, 1874-1884, and Journal, 1879-1884, containing the accounts of 'Mount Lee College' (i.e. Royal Holloway College); A historical sketch of Vassar College, 1876, presented to Thomas Holloway; pamphlets on the subject of the organisation of schools and colleges, 1866-1882, collected and annotated by Thomas Holloway.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

5 volumes, 17 pamphlets

Conditions governing access:

Open to all registered users of the Royal Holloway, University of London Archives.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be supplied, subject to the condition of the original. Requests to publish original material should be directed to the College Archivist.

Finding aids:

'A guide to Royal Holloway College Archives' by Derryan Paul, Jun 1973.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Royal Holloway, University of London Archives hold the papers of George Martin-Holloway (RHC GB131); a copy of the Declaration of Trust for Royal Holloway College (RHC GB132/2-3); papers relating to Thomas Holloway and his family, 1863-1965 (RHC RF100-103); historical notes relating to Royal Holloway College and its founder (RHC RF110); material relating to the Holloway Sanatorium, 1881-1944 (RHC RF156/1-2); plan, photographs and postcards of the Chateau de Chambord (RHC RF155).

Publication note:

The history of Royal Holloway College, 1886-1986 (Constable, London, 1987), by Caroline Bingham.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with general International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 2000

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