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Holmes papers, 1924-1935.
1 box (2.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0714 (LD 7096.6 1928 Arny)

Holmes, Sarah Elizabeth Arny, 1906-; Student. Mount Holyoke College Graduate, 1928. The collection consists of correspondence, biographical information, and photographs. The collection primarily documents her life as a student at Mount Holyoke College covering both social life and traditions and academic life.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Sarah Elizabeth Arny was born on November 11, 1906 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father was Henry Vinecomb Arny, a professor of chemistry. After graduating from Montclair, New Jersey High School, she came to Mount Holyoke College in September, 1924. She majored in botany with a minor in history and graduated in 1928. She received her M.S. degree for botany and biochemistry from Tulane University in 1930 and worked at Columbia University. She worked on vitamin testing and research before she married accountant Harold Alan Holmes on July 20, 1935 and had two children before 1942. She did volunteer work for local hospitals and the Girl Scouts and was a laboratory assistant at a local high school. Holmes obtained a Master of Library Science from Rutgers University and worked as a technical librarian after 1962.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sarah Arny Holmes Papers include correspondence, biographical information, and photographs. The correspondence includes twenty letters written between 1924 and 1928 addressed to her family in Montclair, New Jersey. The letters discuss her life as a student at Mount Holyoke College. They include descriptions of traditions such as Big Sisters, the hazing of freshmen, Mountain Day celebrations, Junior Prom, and Faculty Show. The letters also describe lectures, trips off campus, parties, picnics, and conferences with faculty members. The biographical information includes a wedding announcement and an "at home" card dating from 1935. The two photographs in the collection include one from her senior year in high school, circa 1924, and one from her senior year at Mount Holyoke College, 1928.

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The Sarah Arny Holmes Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

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