Summary Information
Title: Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, William Jacob Holland, Administrative Files
Collection Number: UA.2.10.1891-1901
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Chancellor.

Collection Dates: 1891-1901
Extent: 0.88 linear feet (2 boxes)

Language: English

This collection consists of the administrative and some personal files of Chancellor William Jacob Holland.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:


Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center Staff. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process in January 2010.

William Jacob Holland was the eighth Chancellor of the Western University of Pennsylvania, now the University of Pittsburgh, serving from 1891 to 1901.

Holland was born on August 16, 1848 in Jamaica, West Indies, to Francis Raymond and Eliza Augusta (Wolle) Holland. His father was a Moravian missionary to the West Indies and Holland spent the first few years of his life on those islands. His father returned to this country 1852, and Holland spent the remainder of his early life in Ohio and later in North Carolina (1857-1863). In 1863 he attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., and then the Theological Seminary at Amherst College receiving his A.B. in 1869. He was the principal of Amherst High School for one year and then attended the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1874.

In 1874 he moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., to become pastor of the Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Holland was also a trustee of the Pennsylvania College for Women, now Chatham College, where he taught Latin, Greek and other ancient languages. He was elected to the Chancellorship of the Western University of Pennsylvania in 1891 and was elected Director of the Carnegie Museum in 1898. He served those two posts concurrently for three years. During his administration, the Schools of Law, Medicine, Mines, Pharmacy and Dentistry were established. The University of Pittsburgh's Holland Hall residence is named in his honor.

In 1879 Holland married Carrie T. Moorhead, daughter of John and Annie C. (Turner) Moorhead. They had two sons, Moorhead Benezet and Francis Raymond Holland. Holland died on December 13, 1932.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains handwritten and typed documents that deal mostly with the history of the University of Pittsburgh, alumni of the University and some personal correspondence.

Subject Terms

  • College presidents -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Records and correspondence
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Administration
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Records and correspondence

Corporate Names
  • University of Pittsburgh. Chancellor. -- Records and correspondence
  • University of Pittsburgh. -- Administration

Personal Names
  • Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932 -- Records and correspondence

  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence

  • University of Pittsburgh

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, William Jacob Holland, Administrative Files, 1891-1901, UA.2.10.1892-1901, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Marianne Kasica from an existing finding aid in January 2010.


All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh.

Related Material:

The Holland Family Papers, 1747-1933 are located at the Library and Archives of the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Collection Inventory

Box 1
Folder 1-1a Alumni letters and requests, 1891-1892

Letters of request for pictures of trustees and others. Many names of trustees.

Folder 2-2b Biographies

Biographies collected by Chancellor Holland mostly from the Medical School: Adderly, Bell, Canfield, Borland, Brown, Thomas, Burleigh, Cameron, Finkelpearl, Garhart, Greene, Harrer, Hersman, Grange, Homer, Ingram, Lewin, Milligan, Murch, Schmidt, Sayce, Stockton, Swift, Clapp, Wilkins, Lea, Holland

Folder 3 Correspondence, 1893

Holland's correspondence with alumni and their descendants. Many letters refer to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago of 1893, there is a ribbon and a floor plan from the exhibition.

Folder 4 Correspondence, 1893-1895

Letters: Thaw, Rohrbacher, Denny, Harper, Craig, Darlington, Buffington, Rose,

Folder 5 Correspondence, 1896-1897, 1905, 1911

Letters dealing with the history of the University: Roamsey, Wilson, Way, Scaife, Sproull, Douglas, Sellers, Tufts, Skalweit, Alpin, Phelps, Orr, Boyd, Cuddy, Morgan, Elliot, McCnadless, Barker, Scull, Magee, Dice, Hartman

Folder 6 Freshman lectures

Three lectures: "Human Progress"; Outline for five lectures: "Human Life"; Speech on dutines of the Freshman Supervisor.

Folder 7 Notes on the History of the University

Obituary for Holland by C.V. Starrett from the Pittsburgh Record (Jan/Feb 1933). Handwritten and typed notes on the history of the University, in poor or no order.

Folder 8 Book lists, 1933

Lists of bound volumes in the Library of William J. Holland at the Carnegie Museum Library and at his home.

Box 2
Folder 9 Materials lists, 1933, 1935

Materials of Holland in the University Library

Folder 10 Post Graduate Studies at the Western University of Pennsylvania, 1994-1996

List of material donated to the Western University of PA from the World's Fair Exhibits. Letters of inquiry regarding post-graduate work at the University.

File 10a Pamphlets from Wooster College

"Post-Graduate and Wooster Quarterly", July 1889; "Announcement...Post-Graduate Department...Wooster", 1892; "Report...University of Wooster... case of Walter Q. Scott", 1880; "Wooster Voice, v.1, no.33...Commencement...", 1891; "What Constitutes a Religious...Moral life?" by S.F. Scovel, 1893; "Protestant Episcopal Review" January 1894.

Folder 11 Publications

"Germany in Science" address delivered to the Hungry Club, Dec. 3, 1917; "Educational Needs of Appalachia" address delivered at WVU Commencement, June 20, 1901; "Resolutions adopted by the Board of Trustees...resignation of Dr. W.J. Holland"

Folder 12 Regrets for Anniversary Celebration, 1897

Letters of regret on the invitation to the 110th / 75th Anniversary banquet of the Western University.

Folder 13 Board of Trustees, 1896-1899

Some famous alumni – classes of 1824 to 1830 (missing Jan. 2010); Board of Trustees minutes 10/8/1896, audit report; minutes, Board of Trustees 1/19/1897; Board of Trustees minutes 5/15/1897; Report of committee on securing $50, 000 endowment; List of donors’ Pledge cards from donors; Executive and finance committee reports 5/28/1897; Report of Executive committee 6/7/1897; Report of curriculum committee 6/7/1897; Board of trustees minutes 6/7/1897; Special committee, Board of Trustees 6/17/1897; Report of committee to confer with Mrs. Mary E. Schenley for obtaining a site near Schenley Park for the university, 12/18/1897; Board of Trustees minutes 12/21/1897; Report of Allegheny Observatory Committee 12/21/1897; Report of the Chancellor 12/21/1897; Report of Finance Committee 12/21/1897; Executive Committee 1/18/1898; Executive Committee 2/7/1898; Board of Trustees 3/16/1898; Executive Committee report 6/6/1898; Board of Trustees minutes 6/6/1898; Finance Committee minutes 10/26/1898; Audit report 12/17/1898; Executive Committee report 12/28/1898; Resolution on Allegheny Observatory committee; Copy of letter from Admiral Dewey accepting LL.D., 9/6/1898; board of Trustees minutes 12/28/1898; Board of Trustees minutes 6/5/1899

Folder 14 Board of Trustees, 1900-1903

Board of Trustees minutes 2/9/1900; Resolutions by Board May 1901; Letter from Chancellor about the Medical College standards 10/3/1904; Allegheny Observatory Committee, Executive Committee reports 1/27/1902; Board of Trustees minutes 1/27/1902; Committee on honorary degrees 5/14/1903; Statement on investments 5/28/1903; Board of Trustees minutes 6/1/1903; Executive committee report – Board of Trustees minutes 6/1/1903; Executive committee report- Graduates for 1903; Audit report 1903; Executive committee report 6/12/1903; Board of Trustees minutes 3/5/1902; Executive Committee and Observatory committee reports 3/5/1903; Board of Trustees minutes 10/8/03