|Avery Drawings & Archives Collections|
At a Glance
This collection is made up of two series: Series I: Drawings and Maps; Series II: Negatives
Scope and Content
The Arthur Cort Holden Collection consists chiefly of glass plate negatives that primarily deal with the explication of New York City housing and real estate. Other subjects include diagrammatic maps of New York City, exterior and interior views of unidentified domestic architecture, and a limited amount of projects by Holden himself. The collection also contains drawings related to the economic and housing surveys and studies concerning New York City completed during the 1930s. Both Cornell University and Princeton University hold other extensive collections related to Holden.
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restrictions on Use
Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For additional guidance, see Columbia University Libraries' publication policy.
In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.
Arthur Cirt Holden negatives and architectural drawings, 1919-1953, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
This collection was processed by Jason Escalante (Drawings & Archives Assistant) in 2013.
2013-07-04 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Arthur Cort Holden (1890-1993) was a New York City based architect who was a graduate of Princeton University, 1912 and of Columbia University, 1915. He was also a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1921-1993 and a Fellow in 1942. During Holden's long career he maintained an active practice either as a principal or a partner. His built projects include the Madison Square Club, New York City, 1924, the Guggenheim Museum, with Frank Lloyd Wright, 1959, and Queensborough Community College, with F.P. Wiedersum. He was also to play an active role in city planning, as well as urban housing, from 1922-1931 he was President and Chairman of the Board of the New York Urban League, a member of the President's Commission on Home Building and Home Ownership, 1928-1930, and a member of Mayor LaGuardia's Committee on City Planning, 1934-1938. His numerous publications dealing with financial transactions and housing include, Money in motion: the social function of banking, 1940, Sonnets for my city: an essay on the kinship of art & finance as factors in the development of the city and the moulding of man's environment, 1965, and At the roots of the urban crisis, and other papers dealing with hopes for a better city, 1970.