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W. G. Holmes Letter to S. E. Hunt

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0146

In this letter to Sarah E. Hunt, W. G. Holmes (business manager of the Memphis Commercial Appeal) describes the history of morning newspapers in Memphis beginning with the foundation of the Appeal in 1840 and ending with the consolidation of the city's two major daily newspapers, the Appeal Avalanche and the Commercial, as the Commercial Appeal in 1894. Holmes closes with an outline of the features that make Memphis an ideal location for a morning newspaper.

Dates

  • 1898 January 29

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

In this letter to Sarah E. Hunt, W. G. Holmes (business manager of the Memphis Commercial Appeal) describes the history of morning newspapers in Memphis beginning with the foundation of the Appeal in 1840 and ending with the consolidation of the city's two major daily newspapers, the Appeal Avalanche and the Commercial, as the Commercial Appeal in 1894. Holmes closes with an outline of the features that make Memphis an ideal location for a morning newspaper.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sarah Ella Hunt was born to William and Sarah Gaines (O'Brien) Hunt in Tennessee on June 18, 1849. She was one of five children, including Samuel, Susan Leticia (Hunt) Rowan, Mary Eliza (Hunt) Carson, and Alice Nancy Patton (Hunt) Lynn. Sarah Hunt died in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 2, 1933 and is buried in Old Gray Cemetery.

Walter George Holmes was born in Jackson, Tennessee on July 9, 1861. He graduated from Union College in 1881 and went on to work with newspapers in Tennessee. While on a business trip to New York City in 1906, Holmes (whose brother George was blind) read a newspaper account of a bequest to benefit the deaf, crippled, and handicapped. This article prompted him to write a letter to the editor of the New York Herald asking why there were no such endowments to aid the blind. This note resulted in an interview with philanthropist Mrs. Matilda Ziegler (widow of the founder of the Royal Baking Company), who sent Holmes abroad to study European progress in helping the blind. Upon his return in 1907, the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind began publication and the Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind was organized. Holmes continued to work with this publication until February 7, 1946 when he was killed after falling from his ninth story Manhattan hotel room onto a third story extension roof.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Alice Howell Hunt Lynn donated this letter to Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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