Holden, Roy Jay, Papers A Guide to the Roy Jay Holden Papers, 1904-1945 Ms.1982.014

A Guide to the Roy Jay Holden Papers, 1904-1945 Ms.1982.014


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Roy Jay Holden Papers,1904-1945
6 Cubic Feet, 6 boxes
Holden, Roy Jay, 1870-1945
Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
The materials in the collection are in English.
This collection contains papers include field notes, charts and maps, and geological surveys and research results, covering the history of mineralogy and geology, especially in Virginia.

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Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Roy Jay Holden Papers, Ms1982-014, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Roy Jay Holden Papers were donated to Special Collections prior to 1982.

Processing Information

An inventory of the Roy Jay Holden Papers was completed after their donation. Additional description was completed in January 2011, when the finding aid was created.

Biographical Note

Professor of Geology and Mineralogy (1905-42) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Scope and Contents

Papers include field notes, charts and maps, and geological surveys and research results, covering the history of mineralogy and geology, especially in Virginia, including work at the VPI Engineering Experiment Station. In addition to detailed materials on iron ores in Virginia, especially west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are reports on mines and furnaces in twenty-five counties of the state. The collection also contains Holden's notebooks, copies of addresses and speeches he made, and records from the VPI Geology Department.


Materials are organized into three series: Professional Papers, which include notes, manuscripts, Geology Department records, and a CV; Subject Files, which include materials collected on various topics relating to geology and mines, particularly in Virginia; and General Files, which includes correspondence, notes, and information on individuals and companies. Wherever possible, detailed lists of the file contents are provided in the "Contents List" below.

Related Material

Addition records from the Geological Sciences Department are available in Record Group 15/12. A brief description of these materials is available on the University Archives website: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/guide/rg15.htm .

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Faculty
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Science and Technology
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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Container List

Professional Papers..
  • Curriculum Vitae; Bibliography.. 1, box
  • History of Geology; Geology Department.. 1, box
  • Addresses & Radio Talks.. 4, box
    Scope and Content

    Africa "Aladdin Was a Piker" "Algonkian Formations in the Blue Ridge of Virginia" "Animals of the Past" "Appalachian Alluvial Diamonds" Aurora Borealis Automobile Touring--1930, 1936, 1937 Canadian Northland, Tales of, 1938 "Touring in Ontario" (Canada) Coal: "Origin of Coal" Coal: Coal Map of Virginia, Discussion of, for Virginia Planning Board Coal: "A Visit to a Coal Mine," 1931 Coal: Underground trip--Pocahontas Fuel Co. Commencement address, 1945: "To Think or Not to Think" Colorado River, The Columbia Lavas, The, 1930 "Conservation of Natural Resources," 1932 "Dust" (Atmospheric), 1933 "Earth, Looking into the," 1930 Earth, Tales of the Fenstreams First Families of America F.F.V. Geology Recitations, 1933: What is geology? (Ja. 12): Piedmont Section of Virginia; (Mar. 9): General questions about geology; (May 11): "How do mountains grow?" etc.; (June 8): Geology trip. Gas Well, Virginia's First (4 pp.), 1932 Gems Genesis vs. Geology Glacier National Park, 1930 Gold, 1935, 1938 Helictites in Virginia Imperial Valley, The (Southern California) (3 pp.) Iron in Virginia, Mining & Manufacturing of (4 pp.), 1931, 1944 Iron Gate Gap (4 pp.), 1932 Inorganic Resources of Virginia, Utilization of, in Chemical Manufacture (Arsenopyrite; Portland & Natural Cements; Lime; Gypsum; Salt; Sulphuric Acid; Manganese; Ceramic Materials; Nitrate; Copper; Lead & Zinc) (5 pp.) Magmatic Carbonation - Carbothermal Metamorphism Metallic Resources of Virginia Natural Bridge National Forest, 1931 National Resources, Conservation of, 1932 Narrows, The (3 pp.), 1931 New River ("Our Oldest River"), 1931 Non-Ferrous Metals in Virginia, 1931 "Origin of Life" Petroleum in Virginia, 1930 Phi Kappa Phi, Talk before, 1936 Piedmont, Virginia, Geology of (8 pp.), 1933 "Plant Life Though the Ages" (8 pp.) Prehistory (13 pp.), "Measuring Prehistoric Time," 1937 'Punch Jones' Sparkler Rocky Mountains, The "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" (7 pp.), 1943, Phi Kappa Phi Stamp Collection, The Hobby of, 1936 Starch Manufacture in Virginia, 1931 Underground trip--see Coal (above) Water (& chlorine) Water Power, Virginia (4 pp.), 1932 Water, Yellow Sulphur Spring, Origin of the Sulphate Miscellaneous

  • Manuscripts of original work on iron ores.. 5, box
    Scope and Content

    History of the Iron Ore Industry of the United States (typescript of Holden's doctoral dissertation for the University of Wisconsin, 1915; 506 pp.)

  • Field Notes,, 1905-1929. 5, box
    Scope and Content

    30 small notebooks, many dealing with Virginia Geological Survey, including: 1905: #1-3, 5 1906: #4, 6, x 1907: #7, x, Carnegie work 1908: #1 1909: #3-7, 7a, x 1910: #8, 10-11 1912: Zinc 1914: #12 1919: #13 1929: "Red notebook" History notes 1-3 Ore & furnaces Historical notes

  • Duplicates of field notes (see list of folder above).. 5, box
  • Miscellaneous typescripts and manuscripts.. 6, box
  • Geology Departmental Records.. 6, box
    Scope and Content

    Before 1920 1920-1923 1924-1928 Requisitions, 1926 1929 Requisitions, 1934 Requisitions, 1939 Requisitions, 1943 Appropriations & Budgets, 1909-1936 Appropriations & Budgets, 1938-1945 Payrolls, 1909-1945 Expense Accounts

Subject Files..
  • Iron Ores in Virginia.. 1, box
  • History of Development of Oriskany Iron Ore.. 1, box
  • Iron Ore.. 2, box folder: 3 (2 boxes),
    Scope and Content

    Box 2 Alleghany Ore & Iron Company Analyses--List of samples tested Analyses--Penniman & Brown Appalachian Iron Company, Big Stone Gap Bibliography of Virginia Iron Ores Cacapon Sandstone as an Iron Ore Catalog of State Reports Chemistry of Virginia Iron Ores Douthat Survey Field note, VGS 1906-1911 (Virginia Geological Survey) Geological Survey letters--Bevan, McGill, Giles, Nelson, Warwick Iron Ores (Virginia) Iron Ores in Virginia & Iron Ores West of the Blue Ridge Iron Sulphate

    Box 3 Manganese Ore in Virginia & West Virginia Manganese Metallic Mineral Resources of Virginia Methods of Analyses Norfolk & Western Railway Oriskany Ore and Iron Company Pulaski Iron Company Reports Robinson, Heath Solution of the Iron Specular Ores (Historical) Virginia Railway Walker Mountain--Pulaski (Caldwell, J. E.)

  • Lime.. 3, box
    Scope and Content

    Tests on Burning Limestone Laws on Lime (Agriculture) Letters, miscellaneous Samples, list of contributors Marl Methods National Lime Association Reports Riverton Sample Numbers Sizing Tests Temperature Test White Rock Quarry Company Analyses Bags Weight Experiment Weights of Lime in Storage

  • Mines in Virginia, A-F.. 3, box
    Scope and Content

    Andis Arcadia Austinville Australia Back Valley Bailey Crockett Barber Bare Bank/Crozier/Blue Bank/Red Mountain Barren Springs and Bertha Bess Big Hill Black Rock Boyer Bozoo Well Samples Callie Camp Prospect Carter Bank Charter Oak Chestnut Knob (Henry County) Circle Clarke Bank Clayton (Pulaski County) Coffee Columbia and Liberty Crawford Crescent Crimora Dixie Limonite Dolly Ann Douthat Survey (Haynes & Moore tract, Alleghany County) Estelline Eva Farris Fenwick Ferrol Foster Falls

  • Mines in Virginia, G-R; References; Reports.. 4, box
    Scope and Content

    Gannaway Garrison Given Hannah Forrer Hematite Henderson Henrietta Hepler Hiden Home Bank (Musser Bank, Buchanan, Wynne) Hurst of Buckeye Indian Camp Iron Mountain Ivanhoe Jackson William Jackson Johnson Kennedy Kimball Kunkle (Augusta County) Liberty (Shennandoah County) Lignite Little Wythe Locust Hill Longdale Iron Co. (houses Low Moor) Low Moor Martin Bank McCormick Merica Merrimac (Montgomery County) Mills Bank Mine Run (Shennandoah County) Morris Mount Torry Norma Oriskany Patterson Percival Pit Spring Poplar Camp Porter Bank Porter Posey Princess Furnace Co. (Glen Wilton) Pulaski Red Hill Red Mountain Reed Island Rich Hill Rich Patch Rileyville Roaring Run Rumsey

  • Mines in Virginia, S-W.. 4, box
    Scope and Content

    Sanders Simmerman Smyth Spec Stack Swecker Tipton Under Rock Van Buren Vaughn (Shennandoah County) Walton White Rock Wilton

  • Minerology.. 4, box
  • Minerals in Virginia.. 4, box
    Scope and Content

    Basalt; Bauxite; Clays; Copper; Dufrenite; Feldspar; Franklinite; Gold; Ilemite; Pegmatite-Moorefield; Pheancite in Amelia County; Platinum; Potash; Quartz; Spessarite; Staurolite-Fairy Stone; Tantalite; Titanium; Vanadium; Viviante; Waverlite; Zinc.

  • Mineral Statistics.. 4, box
  • Oil Shale.. 4, box
  • Geographic distribution (3 folders).. 5, box
General Files..
  • A-C.. 1, box
    Scope and Content

    Anderson, William A. Appalachian Geology Augusta Mill & Merchantile Co. Blacksburg, Town of Bockee, John J. Bomb (to test the stability of natural silicates in iron furnaces) Brown, J. Wilcox Calcite & Aragmite Experiements Campbell, M. R. Caves Cement Cement--thesis Charts & Maps Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co. Cline, W. S. Clippings (newspaper) re: cement, lime mortar Curd, William C. Curve (results of carbonation of limestone)

  • D-L.. 1, box
    Scope and Content

    Daily, D. T. Dams, Damsites & Reservoirs Dillon's Sons, E. Echols, W. M. Engineering Experiment Station Experimental Results (Lime) Field notes Firmstone, H. Fischer, Alfred George Forrer, Samuel Fossils Geological Survey (Virginia) letters Goshen Iron Co. Graham, David Harvey, A. W. Index to manuscript--Industrial Development Jones, Catesby (chief chemist, state) Jordan, S. H. Jung, E. L. Kimbalton Lime Co. Letters, miscellaneous Letters from outside the state of Virginia Low Moor Iron Co.

  • M-R.. 2, box
    Scope and Content

    Manuscript--cutlines for figures Matthews, A. L. Meteorites Miscellaneous Newport News Ship & Dry Dock Co. Patents Pechin, Edmund C., report Persinger, A. W. Pulaski Fault Punch Jones Diamond Raymond, R. W. Riley Bill 1943 Roanoke Cinder Block Co. Rocks

  • S-W.. 2, box
    Scope and Content

    Sinking Creek Skyline Parkway Soils & Soil Conservation Springs (mineral) State Planning Board--discussion of map Stratigraphy Virginia Elements of Natural Environment VPI&SU Vulcanism Water (Springs & wells) Watson, Dr. T. L.

  • Counties.. 2, box
    Scope and Content

    Alleghany Augusta Bath & Bedford Botetourt Bland Buchanan & Dickerson Clarke Craig Frederick Giles Highland Lee Montgomery Page Pulaski Roanoke Rockbridge Rockingham Russell Scott Shennandoah (& Warren) Smyth Tazewell Washington Wise Wythe

  • Furnaces, Data on.. 2, box
    Scope and Content

    Grace Furnace Princess Furnace Co.--Botetourt County Van Buren Furnace Vernon Furnace (Grottoes Iron Co.) Virginia Iron & Coal Co.