The Hamilton Holt Collection
Hamilton Holt (1872-1951),
internationalist, journalist, and editor of Independent magazine and
Harper's Weekly, was president of Rollins College from 1925-1949. The World
Peace movement was one of his abiding interests, and through his work with
international peace organizations, Dr. Holt rose to prominence. He had little
academic experience when he was called to take the reins of Rollins College,
which was struggling financially. Under his administration, which lasted
twenty-five years, the institution blossomed both academically and financially.
His active fund raising gave the College its present distinctive Mediterranean
architecture. His worldwide fame as a peace activist brought many famous people
to the campus as guest speakers. Winter Park at that time was a favorite
wintering spot for retired northern academics, and with uncanny skill, Holt
persuaded them to teach during winter or spring semesters, giving our students
the opportunities to study under eminent professors from many disciplines.