Holcomb Family Photographs
Scope and Contents
Collection of disbound album pages with more than 1350 photographs and occasional printed items as well as a small group of photographic prints that chiefly document the career of Freeborn Page Holcomb as an officer in the United States Army from 1899 to 1928 as well as the activities of his family from 1868 to 1928.
Holcomb and his wife, Cliffe Vanlue Mumma Holcomb, compiled the album pages that document his military career chiefly as an instructor of military science at Ohio Northern University, 1907-1909, as an officer with the 10th Cavalry Regiment, a segregated unit of African American soldiers, 1909-1916, which included service on the border with Mexico at Naco, Arizona, during the Mexican Revolution, and as a finance officer with the Quartermaster Corps from 1916 until his death, with service at the Philippines, Omaha, Nebraska, and Camp Lewis, Washington. The album pages also document their lives at military installations, especially the activities of their children and automobile trips, as well as their friends and colleagues.
- Majority of material found within 1899-1928
- Holcomb, Freeborn Page, 1873-1929 (Compiler)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
12.42 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
Freeman Page Holcomb (1873-1929)
Freeborn Page Holcomb was a career military officer with the United States Army whose service included six years as a captain in the 10th U. S. Cavalry, a segregated unit of African American soldiers. He was born in Plattsburgh, New York, and he and his parents, Daniel Cole Holcomb (1850-1919) and Evelyn Page Holcomb (1850-approximately 1913), lived at Bay City, Michigan.
In 1895, Holcomb graduated from the Michigan Military Academy, a college-preparatory school at Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, and enlisted in the United States Army. He rose through the ranks during his military career from private to colonel chiefly in cavalry regiments. His service included an assignment with the 14th Cavalry Regiment in 1906 before serving as an instructor of military science and tactics as well as commandant of the military department at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, from 1907 to 1909. By 1910, his promotion to captain included a troop command with the 10th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, until 1913, and then in Arizona on the international border with Mexico during the Mexican Revolution until 1916. From 1916, until his death, Holcomb served as a finance officer with the Quartermaster Corps at the Philippines, as well as at Omaha, Nebraska, and Camp Lewis, Washington.
In January 1901, Holcomb married Cliffe Vanlue Mumma (1880-1964) at Matanzas, Cuba. She was a daughter of United States Army officer Eber Leslie Edward Mumma (1854-1925) and Sarah Amanda Waltz Mumma (1859-1919). Her brothers also served in branches of the United States military and include Morton Claire Mumma (1878-1945), Hiram Paul Mumma (1882-1964), Donald D. Mumma (1886-1888), Harlan Leslie Mumma (1894-1972). The Holcombs had four sons that also had careers in the United States military including Leslie Page Holcomb (1901-1965), Freeborn Page Holcomb (1904-1983), Cornelius Cole Holcomb (1906-1988), and Jack Cliffe Holcomb (1908-1987).
- Arizona -- Pictorial works
- Families of military personnel -- Pictorial works
- Fort Ethan Allen (Vt.) -- Pictorial works
- Holcomb, Freeborn Page, 1873-1929
- Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920 -- Pictorial works
- Naco (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
- Philippines -- Pictorial works
- Photograph albums
- United States. Army (African American troops) -- Pictorial works
- Bartleby's Books (Bookseller)
- Holcomb, Freeborn Page, 1873-1929 (Compiler)
- Guide to the Holcomb Family Photographs
- Matthew Daniel Mason
- October 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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