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Harold H. and Virginia Hollis Papers
1898-1945 (bulk 1940-1945)
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Coll. No. 419
Scope and Content Note
The Harold H. and Virginia Hollis Papers consist primarily of letters to each other, written while Harold served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. They also contain bank statements, cancelled checks, theater and concert programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, a marriage license, military passes, and an engraved name plate. See also NYSHA Research Library Collection No. 400 - Harold H. Hollis Weather Records, and Fenimore Art Museum Accession # N1. 2007.
Harold H. Hollis was born on July 11, 1914 in Cooperstown, N.Y. A graduate of Albany Business College, he served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II as a "weather officer and forecaster." On May 24, 1943 he married Virginia Sparger (b. February 24, 1913, d. July 11, 1985), a graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., who was a school teacher for the Laurinburg City Schools (North Carolina) during the early 1940s. Harold H. Hollis worked in the newspaper business, becoming managing editor of the Freeman's Journal as well as editor of the Otsego Farmer. He was a cooperative observer for the National Weather Service in Cooperstown for about 50 years. Additionally, Hollis was on the board of directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from 1969 until 1993, and mayor of Cooperstown during the years 1972-73, 1982-84, and 1986-1992. He died on July 29, 1999. [based on obituary from the Daily Star (Oneonta, N.Y.), 31 July 1999, accessed July 8, 2009, http://old.thedailystar.com/news/community/obits/1999/07/ob0731.html]
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