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Wallace Holcomb Papers, 1888-1915

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
U.S.A.
Phone: 303-688-7730
Email: sboyd@dclibraries.org
URL: http://DouglasCountyLibraries.org

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2011-03-29
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
TitleWallace Holcomb Papers
Dates: 1888-1915
Size.45 c.f. in 1 box 13 x 39 x 26 cm 5 x 15 x 10 in.
Abstract:Collection contains documents related to the dealings of Wallace Holcomb while he lived in Castle Rock, Colorado, and during the late 1800s, including documents relative to the Castle Rock Mining and Milling Company, and the Holcomb and Whitney Hardware Dealers store. The collection also includes a collection of Colorado postcards addressed from 1907-1915, primarily those sent by friends in the Castle Rock area to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Holcomb and their daughter Louise after they had moved back to Massachusetts, as well as the 1897 publication "Second official road book of the Colorado Division, League of American Wheelmen."
Collection Number1999.050
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Organized by subject.

Scope and Content

The items in this collection include a map of Colorado from 1897 (very detailed, it includes several Douglas County locations not shown on other maps.) Papers on the Castle Rock Mining and Milling Company include a report to the stockholders and a list of claims on Holcomb and Whitney stationary. Postcards include many scenes of Castle Rock and the Pike's Peak area. The collection also includes a Supplement to the Castle Rock Journal from January 1900.


Biography / History

Wallace Holcomb was born in Massachusetts in 1846, and lived in Douglas County, Colorado, in the late 1800s to early 1900s. He was a co-owner of the Holcomb & Whitney hardware store in Castle Rock, Colorado, between 1888 and 1903, served as mayor of Castle Rock, and also was elected Board President of the Castle Rock Mining and Milling Company in 1898. This mining company held property with four mining claims (Silver Standard, Alpine, Cumberland and Palican) in the Montgomery mining district in Park County. Holcomb moved back to Massachusetts with his family sometime in the 1906-1907 timeframe. The collection was donated by Mrs. Robert H. (Edith) Avery who was a great-niece of Wallace Holcomb.

The materials in this collection are all related to the Holcomb family, who were important in the early days of Castle Rock. The Holcomb and Whitney Store was a sort of town hall in the early years, it also acted as the school building in 1896 after the frame schoolhouse was destroyed. Louise Holcomb, to whom many of the postcards in the collection were sent, was one of two members of the 1902 Douglas County High School Graduating Class (the very first class to graduate from the high school.)


Access Terms

Castle Rock (Colo.)
Mining

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wallace Holcomb Papers, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Local History Collection by Edith Avery, a descendant of the Holcomb family.

Processing Information

Processed by Shaun Boyd and William Kirby, November 1999.


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