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Rosa G. Holmes Walker Papers Finding Aid

Collection Number: M85-1
Dates: (Inclusive) 1871-1943 (bulk 1920-1930)
Size: 5.3 linear ft. (8 boxes)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Alphabetical by series; chronological within folder.
Language: English


Personal and business documents of Rosa Holmes Walker, an African-American funeral home director and businesswoman active in Jacksonville, Florida, during the early twentieth century. Included are materials relating to her relatives, Henry and Fannie Glover of St. Augustine, Florida (early twentieth century) and to the Glovers of South Carolina (nineteenth century).


Gift of Dr. Daniel L. Schafer, 1985.

Access to the Collection

The collection is open for research. For information relating to Rosa G. Holmes Walker and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail

Preferred Citation

Rosa G. Holmes Walker Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Electronic versions of some collection materials are available on the World Wide Web as part of the Florida Heritage Collection. Online selections include:


Register of the Florida Baptist Academy, Jacksonville, Florida, with catalog of students.


St. Joseph Aid Society, Jacksonville, Florida, 192-?.


"All in the Family." Florida Times-Union, First Business, March 22, 1999:10.

Related Materials

Historical / Biographical Note

Business entrepreneur and funeral home director. After the death of her husband, J. C. Holmes, in 1916, she operated the Holmes Funeral Directors, Inc. in Jacksonville. Married Reverend Thomas H. B. Walker, a Methodist minister and author, in 1918. Managed real estate properties in Jacksonville and New York.

Scope and Content Note

Ledgers, volumes of client records, and funeral home bills comprise the majority of the collection.  Inclusive years are 1871-1943, with the bulk of the materials from 1920-1930.  Nineteenth century materials pertain to the South Carolina business of the Glover family. Few personal items included.


The Collection complements the Eartha White Collection as a source for African-American history in Jacksonville, Florida, and provides documentation of a successful businesswoman flourishing in early twentieth century Northeast Florida.

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection:

  • Walker, Rosa G. Holmes.
  • Holmes, J. C.
  • Walker, Thomas H. B. (Thomas Hamilton Beb), b. 1873.
  • Glover, Fannie.
  • Glover, Henry L.
  • Holmes Walker family.
  • Glover family.
  • Holmes Funeral Home (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • Undertakers and undertaking -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • African American women -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • African American businesspeople -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Funeral homes -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Biography.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- History.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- Biography.
  • Rosa Holmes Walker papers.
  • Holmes Walker papers.