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Amelia Hollenback Jr. Collection

Identifier: AC 544

Scope and Content

The collection consists of diaries, journals, letters, personal and home expenses, social and charitable events, clubs and other organizations, childhood memorabilia, and photographs of the Hollenback family who lived in Pennsylvania, New York and New Mexico. NOTE: The family names and relationships in the genealogy folders (Box 1, Folders 1 and 2) of the Hollenback,Welles, and Beard families The original photographs are in the collections of the New Mexico Photo Archives (HP.2011.26). Most of the photographs are not identified or dated. Correspondence describes health and household problems, family activities, social events, new technologies (telephones and automobiles) and other subjects. The letters are also well written and reflect the lives of a wealthy and socially prominent family in the period from 1872 to 1918.


  • 1820-1970
  • Majority of material found in 1880-1920

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Amelia Beard Hollenback, Jr. (1877-1969) [ "Minna" – name used in this finding aid] was the daughter of John Welles Hollenback (1827-1923) and Amelia Beard Hollenback Sr. (1844-1918), his third wife, whom he married in 1874. Amelia Hollenback, Sr. and daughters Juliette and Minna lived in Brooklyn, NY, but spent the warmer months of the year at their large summer home named "The Cottage" in Glen Summit, Pennsylvania. Minna’s father John Hollenback had extensive business and mining interests in Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania and lived most of the time with his daughter Emily Hollenback Taylor (1859-1950) in Wilkes-Barre. As a wealthy family they made frequent "grand tours" of Europe and traveled extensively in the United States, mostly in the West. Minna traveled to the Southwest in 1897 with her sister Josephine (1868-1919) and returned many times by herself in the 1920’s. Finally in 1932 she had a home designed and built by John Gaw Meem in Santa Fe on Camino San Acacio and lived there part time. After 1947 she never returned due to old age, financial responsibilities and family deaths. José Ronquillo was the caretaker who looked after the house. When Minna died in 1969 and was buried in the Wilkes-Barre cemetery, the home was sold to Mary Jean Cook and her husband Edward in 1971. George Hollenbach immigrated from Germany in 1717 and his name was Americanized to Hollenback in the early 1800’s. John was born John Roset Welles to Charles Fisher Welles and Ellen Hollenback Welles, but his name was legally changed to John Welles Hollenback at the request of his maternal uncle George M. Hollenback by legislative authority in 1862. Anna (1870-1953), another daughter of John’s by an earlier marriage also lived in the family home in Brooklyn and was called "Nan". Emily Hollenback Taylor had a daughter named Anna, and her nickname was "Pud."


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Related Material

Immortal Summer: A Victorian woman's travels in the Southwest. The 1897 letters & photographs of Amelia Hollenback. Edited and annotated by Mary J. Straw Cook. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, c2002. Amelia Hollenback Jr. Collection was used in assembling this book.

Separated Material

Photographic material transferred to the Photo Archives (HP 2012-23)
Finding Aid of the Amelia Hollenback Jr. Collection, 1820-1970
Edited Full Draft
© 2013
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090