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Inventory of the Lucy Holmes Papers
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Lucy A. Holmes, born May 8, 1909, was the daughter Lucy "Lutie" K. Sears and her husband William A. Holmes. She had one sibling, a sister named Isabel “Izzy” M. Holmes who attended Simmons College in 1931. Lucy and her family lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Lucy was a very social woman. She enjoyed dining with friends and taking drives around the New Bedford area. Lucy was an avid bowler, and became captain of her club team in 1948. Miss Holmes never married, however pined after a man named Ed, a banker, for many years. Unfortunately Ed married someone else and the friendship ended.
Lucy enjoyed traveling. In 1939 she voyaged to Bermuda and then to Montreal in 1949. Between the years 1951 and 1955 Miss Holmes journeyed from Washington D.C. to New Orleans then to New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. She took pride in documenting her travels in her personal diaries and journals. She also enjoyed day trips to Boston, Hyannis and Horseneck Beach where she would be with friends.
Through much of her adult life she lived in New Bedford with Isabel on 166 Washington Street. In 1948 Isabel was diagnosed with Rheumatic Heart Disease. Shortly thereafter Izzy moved out of the family home due to the tension between the sisters. Lucy continued to live on Washington Street.
Lucy worked for many years as a book keeper at Tilo Roofing. She also worked at the local hospital and helped keep files at her church. Lucy attended Evangelical meetings starting in the 1950s and took drawing classes at the Swain school in New Bedford. Lucy A. Holmes died August 21, 1987. She was seventy-nine years old.
Scope and Content Note
The material in the collection was compiled throughout the life time of Lucy Holmes. The majority of the collection consists of personal diaries kept regularly by Miss Holmes from the years 1930 to 1959. Six Line-A-Day diaries document Lucy’s day to day life living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The diary which dates from 1930-1934 contains Lucy’s social life in detail. Lucy’s diary dating between 1945-1949 focuses on the drawing classes she took at the Swain School in New Bedford, MA. She also writes about the Women’s Republican Club and her captainship of her bowling team. This diary discusses the relationship between Isabel and Lucy along with information about Isabel being diagnosed with Rheumatic Heart Disease. The diary from the years 1950-1954 is primarily work focused. Entries of note are about her jobs within her local church and hospital along with entries about the Evangelism meetings she attended regularly.
In the volume entitled Trips and Travels items of note are entries about the five trips Lucy went on during her adult life. Her first journey was to Bermuda in 1939 with a friend she refers to as Mr. C. In July of 1949 Lucy traveled throughout Canada for nine days starting in Montreal then traveling to Quebec, Chicoutimi, Tadoussac and finally reaching Murray Bay. Her third vacation in the year 1951 began in Washington D.C. She then traveled down the coast until she reached New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1953 Miss Holmes went back to Canada, this time going to New Brunswick. The final journey written about in the volume discusses Lucy’s vacation in 1955 when she traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Genealogical history was a favorite past time of Lucy Holmes and she took notes about both the Baker and Holmes families. Items of note within the collection are a small volume entitled About a Modern College for Women which contains names and dates of Lucy Holmes ancestors. The collection’s genealogical series also holds a marriage certificates which date back to 1852.
Within the collection are many household business files dating between the years 1884-1949. Volume 3 is a Business Ledger which dates from 1900-1982 and documents the daily expenses of Lucy and Isabel Holmes at 166 Washington Street.
The final series has been cataloged discretely by item number and is housed in the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s photo archive. It is available through the database catalog. The items are cataloged between Mss-124.1 and Mss-124.196.
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Mss 111: Holmes-Walker Family Papers, 1843-1978
Removed to Printed Collection
- Ballou’s Pictorial, January 5, 1856—August 27, 1859 (scattered).
- Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, December 15, 1855—October 8, 1859 (Incomplete); September 21, 1861—July 11, 1868 (Scattered).
- Gleason’s Pictorial, January 3, 1852—June 25, 1853; January 7, 1854—June 30, 1855.
- Guyot, Arnold. Physical Geography (N.Y., c1873)
- Standard-Times newspaper clippings re 100th Anniversary (1950); hurricanes 1938, 1944
- Scrapbooks—New Bedford and vicinity. 3 vols.
- Souvenir of Martha’s Vineyard [18- ] Boards detached and shabby.
- Unidentified volume of miscellaneous engravings, [18- ]
- Eunice Kelley Randall. Kelley Genealogy: David O’Killia the Immigrant (1962)
Materials in this collection were donated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum at the bequest of Lucy A. Holmes on June 3, 1988.
Processed by: Sonja Drotar, 2013
Encoded by: Sonja Drotar, 2013
Bermuda Islands--Voyages and travels.
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford.
Carbonear (N.L.)--Voyages and travels.
Chicoutimi (Saguenay, Québec)--Voyages and travels.
Cincinnati (Ohio) --Voyages and travels.
District of Columbia--Voyages and travels.
Grand Manan Island (N.B.) --Voyages and travels.
Holmes, Isabel M.
Holmes, Lucy A. b. 1909 d. 1987.
La Malbaie (Québec)--Voyages and travels.
Louisville (Ky.) --Voyages and travels.
Madison (Ind.) --Voyages and travels.
Montréal Island (Québec : Island--Voyages and travels.
Natchez (Miss.) --Voyages and travels.
New Bedford (Mass.).
New Brunswick --Voyages and travels.
New Orleans (La.) --Voyages and travels.
Newfoundland and Labrador--Voyages and travels.
Québec (Québec)--Voyages and travels.
SS Delta Queen (Steamship).
Saint John (N.B.) --Voyages and travels.
Sears, Lucy K.
Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)
Swain School of Design New Bedford, Mass.
Sydney (N.S.)--Voyages and travels.
Tadoussac (Québec) --Voyages and travels.
Vanceboro (Me.) --Voyages and travels.
Vicksburg (Miss.) --Voyages and travels.
Women's Republican Club of Rhode Island.
Yarmouth (N.S.) --Voyages and travels.