Arthur Cort Holden Papers, 1920-1987

Collection Number: 3748

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Arthur Cort Holden papers, 1920-1987
Collection Number:
3748
Creator:
Arthur Cort Holden, 1890-
Quantity:
110.1 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, blueprints, financial records, photographs, articles, surveys, reports, drafts and copies of articles and books, and bound volumes.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection includes extensive correspondence, blueprints, sketches, drawings, financial records, and photographs from Holden's private practice around New York City; correspondence, articles, surveys and reports documenting his service on many boards, committees, and commissions. Also included are drafts and copies of articles and books including The Settlement Idea and Sonnets for My City; and a bound volume, "Are Bankers Credit Allocators?", of photocopies of a collection of commentaries, based on a New York Times article.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

Firms:
Arthur C. Holden & Associates, 1920-1930, Principal
Holden, McLaughlin & Associates, 1930-1953, Partner
Holden, Egan & Associates, 1953-1960
Holden, Egan, Wilson & Corser, 1960-1967
Holden, Yang, Raemsch & Corser, 1967-
Principal works:
Madison Square Boys Club, New York City, 1924
Sussex Garden Apartments, Rye, New York, 1942
General Charles Berry Houses, New York, 1951
Guggenheim Museum with Frank Lloyd Wright, 1959
Queensborough Community College, with F.P. Wiedersum, 1968
Awards:
Chairman, Conference on Planning Man's Environment, Princeton University Bi-Centennial, 1946-1947
Medal of Honor, New York Chapter, American Institute of Architects, 1957
Education:
Litt.B., Princeton (hons.), 1912
B.Arch. & Am.Econ., Columbia Univ., 1915
Lambda Alpha, 1967
Lectured: Housing, Princeton, Mass. Institute of Tech., Pa. State Univ., Vassar, Bennington
Public service:
President and Chairman of the Board of New York Urban League, Inc. 1922-1931
President's Commission on Home Building and Home Ownership, 1928-1930
National Construction Council, 1931-1932
Mayor LaGuardia's Committee on City Planning, 1934-1938
Trustee, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, 1951-1960
Government service:
New York National Guard, chief plant secretary, hull division, drafting room, U.S. Navy Yard, Brooklyn, 1917-1919
Publications:
Author and illustrator: Brick Architecture of the Colonial Period in Maryland and Virginia, 1919
Author: The Settlement Idea: A Vision of Social Justice, 1922
Author and illustrator: Money and Motion: The Social Function of Banking, 1940
Author and illustrator: Sonnets for My City: An Essay on the Kinship of Art and Finance, 1965
Author: Can We Deal Intelligently with Inflation?, n.d.
American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter:
Chairman of civic design, 1935-1942
Member of Executive Committee, 1943-1947
Chairman of Housing Committee, 1947-1949
Director, New York Region, 1949-1952
Vice Chairman, Committee on Post-War Planning, 1944-1946

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection includes extensive correspondence, blueprints, sketches, drawings, financial records, and photographs from Holden's private practice around New York City; correspondence, articles, surveys and reports documenting his service on many boards, committees, and commissions including the Executive (1943-1947), Civic Design (1935-1942), and Housing (1947-1949) Committees of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the New York Urban League, Inc. (1922-1923), the A.I.A. Committee on Post-war Planning (1944-1946), the President's Commission on Home Building and Home Ownership (1928-1930), the National Construction Council (1931-1932), and the Mayor's Committee on City Planning, New York City (1934-1938); and personal correspondence (1920-1953). Also included are drafts and copies of articles and books including The Settlement Idea and Sonnets for My City; and a bound volume, "Are Bankers Credit Allocators?", of photocopies of a collection of commentaries, based on a New York Times article.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Holden, Arthur Cort, 1890-
Holden, Arthur Cort, 1890- Settlement idea.
Holden, Arthur Cort, 1890- Sonnets for my city.
American Institute of Architects. New York Chapter. Executive Committee.
American Institute of Architects. New York Chapter. Civic Design Committee.
American Institute of Architects. New York Chapter. Housing Committee.
American Institute of Architects. Committee on Post-war Planning.
New York Urban League.
President's Commission on Home Building and Home Ownership.
National Construction Council.
New York (N.Y.). Committee on City Planning.
Lambda Alpha International. New York Chapter.

Subjects:
Housing.
City planning--New York (State).
City planning.
Urban design.
Architects.
City planners.

Places:
New York (N.Y.)--City planning.

Form and Genre Terms:
Blueprints.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Arthur Cort Holden Papers, #3748. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Office files, 1921-1937, firms of Arthur C. Holden & Associates, 1920-1930 and Holden, McLaughlin & Associates, 1930-1953 Boxes 1-8
Series II. Office files, 1935-1942, firm of Holden, McLaughlin & Associates, 1930-1953 Boxes 9-20
Series III. Miriam Holden, personal Box 19
Series IV. Blueprints Boxes 21-51, 98
Series V. A.C.H., personal, 1920-1942 Boxes 52-56
Series VI. Housing, 1930-1942 Boxes 57-66
Series VII. Housing, 1939-1945 Boxes 67-72
Series VIII. Miscellaneous Boxes 73-104
Series IX. Oversized photos and drawings from the Architectural League of New York Annual Exhibitions
Series X. Maps
Series XI. Rolled plans

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Series I. Office Files, 1921-1937, firms of Arthur C. Holden & Associates, 1920-1930 and Holden, McLaughlin & Associates, 1930-1953
Boxes 1-5 may have originally consisted of a separate series for Housing, Leonard Cox and John T. Boyd, Jr., papers. However, it was impossible to reconstruct those series. Wherever possible the original heading is indicated on the folder, and it is filed under that heading, except for place names which are alphabetically filed. The office files include correspondence, articles, book drafts, published material and notes.
Financial records (Boxes 5-7) contain income tax information, bills rendered and paid, certificates rendered and paid, cost sheets and unidentified material.
Box 1
A-C
Box 2
D-Mc
Box 3
Mi-Po
Box 4
Pr-W
Box 5
Unidentified material and financial records including income tax papers
Box 6
Financial records including bills rendered and paid, certificates rendered and paid
Box 7
Cost sheets, 1930-1931 , and n.d.
Box 8
S,U
Series II. Office Files, 1935-1942, Firm of Holden, McLaughlin and Associates, 1930-1953
Some items from the 1921-1937 office files including administration, 1926-1930, were carried over into this series. Here financial records such as bills rendered are interfiled with the correspondence which forms the bulk of the series. Some printed material.
Box 9
A-Bo
Box 10
Bu-D
Box 11
E-Ho
Box 12
Ho-Ma
Box 13
Ma-Me, including Madison Square Boys Club
Box 14
Me-Mz
Box 15
N-Q
Box 16
R-San
Box 17
San-T, including Sussex Garden Apartments
Box 18
U-Wi
Box 19
Wi-Z, Time Record Sheets
Box 20
Princeton Bi-Centennial, 1946-1947 , A.C.H. personal, 1946-1949
Series III. Miriam Holden, personal
Box 19
Correspondence, 1936-1937
Series IV. Blueprints
Box 21
A-Az, including All Soul's, School of the Annunciation
Box 22
Ba-Bh, including General Charles W. Berry Apartment Houses
Box 23
Bi-Bre, including Biblical Seminary, Boys Brotherhood Republic
Box 24
Bri-Ci, including Brookdale Reformed Church
Box 25
C-Dar
Box 26
Dar-E
Box 27
F-Fo, including Firehouses #91, 93, 95 and Fincke
Box 28
Fr-Go, Ben Franklin
Box 29
Go-Gz, including Goodwill Apartments, Grolier Club
Box 30
H-Hi, including Heightstown
Box 31
Hi-In, including Heightstown (continued) and Independence Houses
Box 32
It-La, including Katonah
Box 33
Le-Ma, including Little Church, Lower East Side
Box 34
Mogadiscio U.S. Embassy
Box 98
H, M, misc.
Box 35
Mog-Nev
Box 36
New B.-New York Hospital, including N.Y. Hospital, West Division, New Delaware, New Castle, Delaware Town Hall
Box 37
N.Y.I.T.-Norwalk, including N.Y.I.T.
Box 38
Nor-Par, including Parkview Supermarket
Box 39
Par-Pla
Box 40
Pla-Rre
Box 41
Pre-Pz
Box 42
Q-Rad
Box 43
Rat-Rz
Box 44
S-Sta
Box 45
Sto-Stt
Box 46
Stt-Sw
Box 47
Misc. S, R, including Rosedale Elementary School
Box 48
Ta-Tu, including Turin house
Box 49
Tu-Tz, U (1 item)-Wat, including addl. Turin House
Box 50
Wat-Wil
Box 51
Woo-Z
Series V. A.C.H. personal, 1920-1942
Contains personal and non-office-related business correspondence, memorandums, and some published material including papers related to the Emergency Relief Association, Inc. (Holden was a Director), 1932-1933; the N.Y. Urban League; the N.Y. Society of Architects; Princeton University; Quogue, N.Y. organizations; the Madison Square Boys Club Committee of Management; insurance, income tax, family members, finance, and the Holdens' home.
Box 52
A-E
Box 53
F-Ho
Box 54
Ho-M
Box 55
N-Q
Box 56
R-Z, The Real Estate Board of N.Y. Diary and Manual, 1941 ; four checkbooks for Apr. 1941-May 1942 ; Brooklyn Garden Apartments Reports for Feb., May, Aug., Nov., 1941 and 1942.
Series VI. Housing 1930-1942
Includes correspondence related to housing and organizations interested in housing including the N.Y. Chapter of American Institute of Architects, Committee on Urban Land Use, Committee on Building, Housing Committee, Committee on Multiple Unit Housing, Civic Design Committee; the American Institute of Architects Committee on Industrial Relations, Committee on Professional Practice, Committee on Meetings and Public Information, the Architects Emergency Committee, the Architectural League of N.Y., the National Construction Council, and the Citizen's Housing Council.
Box 57
A-A.I.A., New York Chapter
Box 58
A.I.A., New York-Ci
Box 59
Ci-Committee on Special Lectures
Box 60
Con-Hol
Box 61
Let-Mer
Box 62
Let-Mer (continued)
Box 63
Mer-Nat
Box 64
Nat-New York City
Box 65
New York Chapter-Rh
Box 66
Ri-U
Series VII. Housing 1939-1945
Includes correspondence related to housing and housing organizations including Snag Club, the Real Estate Board of New York, the New York Society of Architects, the New York Building Congress, and the American Institute of Architects, Post-war Construction Committee.
Box 67
A, Bu, including A.I.A. Post-war Construction Committee
Box 68
C-Hi
Box 69
I-Mz
Box 70
N-New York Building Congress
Box 71
New York Urban-Reg.
Box 72
S-Z
Series VIII. Miscellaneous
Box 73
Newspapers and clippings, court transcript
Box 74
Contract forms issued by A.I.A. and misc.
Box 75
J.W.W. Thompson material
Box 76
A.I.A. and misc.
Box 77
A.I.A. (continued - 4 items) and photographs
Box 78
Photographs
Box 79
Kodak prints, report on Minetta Place Apartments, 1926 , and A.C.H. personal, 1939 , 1944-46
Box 80
Office and personal, 1945-1950
Box 81
Office, 1945-1950 , continued, and A.C.H. personal, 1939-1946 , A-G
Box 82
A.C.H. personal, 1939-1946 , H-R
Box 83
A.C.H. personal, S-Z, 1939-1946, checkbooks, 1939, estate of Alice Holden, 1937-1939, unidentified publications, newspapers, stock ledger
Box 84
G-P personal, 1941-1953
Box 85
Office, 1945-1950
Box 86
Misc., (including Real Estate Board publications) H-O
Box 87
Community Planning, some A.C.H. personal, U,V,W
Box 88
Community Planning, some A.C.H. personal, W, Administration, 1931-1933 , literary, (drafts of articles and correspondence with publishers), 1932-1943
Box 89
Literary, continued, Egan and Holden files, A-F, 1956-1967
Box 90
Egan and Holden, G-Z, photos of A.C.H., 1956-1967
Box 91
Writings on housing, planning, and civic design, speeches and contributions to periodicals
Box 92
Writings continued, correspondence to 1939 J.W.W. Thompson
Box 93
Correspondence to 1939 , A-H
Box 94
Correspondence to 1939 , I-W
Box 95
Correspondence to 1939 , W-Z, specifications
Box 96
Literary and building codes, L-V
Box 97
Literary and building codes, W-Z
Box 99
Zoning, A-F, 1946-1954 historical and esthetic
Box 100
Zoning, historical and esthetic, continued
Books
Box 9
The Settlement Idea: A Vision of Social Justice Arthur C. Holden, N.Y.: The Macmillan Co., 1922
Box 9
Sonnets for My City: An Essay on the Kinship of Art and Finance N.Y.: Schulte Publishing Co., 1965
Box 9
Credit Extending vs. Money Lending 1976
Box 9
Is It Bankruptcy? 1976 Part 3,
Box 9
Studies on the Financial Plight of N.Y.
Box 101
Misc. sketches and drawings
Box 102
Progress and Prosperity: A Suggested Program by Adelbert Ames, Jr. Photocopy of transcript
Box 102
Appendix E: The Seventh Great Step in Finance? by A.C.H Photocopy of transcript
Box 102
Are Bankers Credit Allocators? Comments Collected by A.C.Holden Bound photocopies of letters
Box 102
Land Usage: Housing and Planning 1936 Land Utilization Committee of the New York Building Congress, ed. A.C.H. and Oscar Fisher
Correspondence, A-W, and misc.
Box 103 Folder 1
For a Better City Pamphlet by A.C.H.
Box 103 Folder 2
"A" Miscellaneous - 1950s and 1960s
Box 103 Folder 3
"A" Miscellaneous
Box 103 Folder 4
AFL-CIO
Box 103 Folder 5
AIA-Presidents
Box 103 Folder 6
Anshen, R.N.
Box 103 Folder 7
"B"
Box 103 Folder 8
Boney, Leslie
Box 103 Folder 9
Botsai, Elmer
Box 103 Folder 10
"C" Miscellaneous
Box 103 Folder 11
Caldiero, Frank
Box 103 Folder 12
Clay, George Roberts II 1953-1977
Box 103 Folder 13
Family Correspondence
Box 103 Folder 14
Federal Reserve Bank
Box 103 Folder 15
"H" Miscellaneous
Box 103 Folder 16
Huzar, Mary
Box 103 Folder 17
"J" Miscellaneous
Box 103 Folder 18
Jaffee, Professor Dwight M.
Box 103 Folder 19
Kahn, Ernest
Box 103 Folder 20
Kaim, Julius R. Kaim
Box 103 Folder 21
Lewis, George, and "L" Miscellaneous
Box 103 Folder 22
"M" Miscellaneous
Box 103 Folder 23
Princeton, Class of '12
Box 103 Folder 24
"W" Miscellaneous
Box 103 Folder 25
Watson, Jack B.
Box 103 Folder 26
Weinberg, Robert C. (FAIA)
Box 105 Folder 7
Houston & Peoria Studies
Box 105 Folder 8
Survey
Box 105 Folder 9
Maps
Box 105 Folder 10
Maintenance cost tables [photostats]
Box 105 Folder 11
Harlem Income & Rehl Study 1935
Box 105 Folder 12
Hilda Smith, topographical map
Correspondence and Writings
Box 104 Folder 1
Personal: Army Discharge, photograph 1917
Box 104 Folder 2
Corresp. with McGovern, Grove, Yeomans
Box 104 Folder 3
Class of '12 Birthday Cards
Box 104 Folder 4
Miscellaneous
Box 104 Folder 5
Essays and Sermons
Box 104 Folder 6
Dartmouth Eye Institute
Box 104 Folder 7
"Vietnam - U.S. Policy"
Box 104 Folder 8
Personal Works - poetry
Box 104 Folder 9
Land Utilization Committee
Box 104 Folder 10
Long Term Finance
Box 104 Folder 11
AIA - National Policy Task Force - 1st Edition
Box 104 Folder 12
NYC/AIA - Financing Construction Committee 1968-1973
Box 104 Folder 13
NYC Local Planning Boards
Box 104 Folder 14
Building Industry, Congress and the Money Question
Box 104 Folder 15
Medal of Honor, 1957
Box 104 Folder 16
Holden, McLaughlin and Associates Agreements, Analyses, Statements, etc.
Box 104 Folder 17
West Point Address by A.C.H
Box 104 Folder 18
Copies, 1979
Box 104 Folder 19
Copies, 1980
Box 104 Folder 20
Copies, 1980
Box 104 Folder 21
"Some Lessons from the Threat to Grand Central Station"
Box 104 Folder 22
"Sonnets for my City"
Box 104 Folder 23
Bibliography by A.C.H.
Series IX. Oversized photos and drawings
Oversized photos and drawings from the Architectural League of New York Annual Exhibitions
Oversize Folder 3, Mapcase, Mathey Farm Group, Princeton, N.J.
Mapcase Folder 3
Alterations to Barn for Dean Mathey, Aug. 24, 1926 . Sheet #118
job #136
Mapcase Folder 3
Sehulman Place Garage, Oct. 5, 1926 . Sheet #1
job #142
Mapcase Folder 3
Miscellaneous Masonry Details, Residence of Dean Mathey, Mar. 18, 1927 (Entrance and Garden Retaining Walls, and Serpentine Wall North of Barn)
Mapcase Folder 3
Residence of Dean Mathey, Fence Details, Sheet #1, Jun. 30, 1927 , Sheet #2, Jul. 7, 1927 .
Mapcase Folder 3
Stalls for Pretty Brook Farm, Jun. 21, 1928 . Drawing #E
Mapcase Folder 3
One sheet for each F*S*D Sign Post, Aug. 24, 1928 .
Mapcase Folder 3
Unlabelled view of Pretty Brook Farm, n.d.
Mapcase Folder 3
Perspective View of Pretty Brook Farm showing proposed additions to Farm Group, May 7, 1930 .
Mapcase Folder 3
Proposed Additions to Farm group, May 7, 1930 .
Mapcase Folder 3
Floor Plans for Gardner's Cottage, n.d.
Mapcase Folder 3
Proposed Squash Court Building, n.d.
Mapcase Folder 3
Elevation showing relationship between present barn and new building (dog run), Scheme "B," Apr. 28, 1930 .
Mapcase Folder 3
Plan and Elevations of Shed, Scheme "A," Apr. 28, 1930 .
Mapcase Folder 3
Plan of Dog Kennels, Wood Shed, Car & Tool Shed, Scheme "A1," Jun. 11, 1930 .
Mapcase Folder 3
New Serpentine Wall, revised Jun. 10, 1930 . Sheet #1
job #224
Mapcase Folder 3
Elevation of Gate and Plan of showing Gardener's Cottage and graveyard across the road, May 27, 1930 . Drawing #2
job #224
Mapcase Folder 3
F*S*D Main Cornice - Dove Cote, n.d. Drawing #101
job #224
Mapcase Folder 3
F*S*D of Post Head, Graveyard Fence, Jun. 24, 1930 . Drawing #102
job #224
Mapcase Folder 3
Gasoline Pump House, Dec. 19, 1930 . Drawing #103
job #224
Mapcase Folder 3
Pop's Pond memorial plaque to Louis A. Mathey, Jul. 8, 1930 . Drawing #104. Also, preliminary sketch of this, unnumbered & n.d.
job #224
Mapcase Folder 3
Equestrians' sign, Jul. 8, 1930 . Drawing #105
job #224
Mapcase Folder 3
Proposed Dam at Pop's Pond, Jun. 23, 1932 , Holden McLaughlin & Associates, 670 Fifth Ave, New York.
Mapcase Folder 3
Front Entrance Gates for Dean Mathey, Esq., Jul. 12, 1932 .
Oversize Folder 4, Mapcase, Mathey, Dean, "The Bowery," Princeton, N.J.
Mapcase Folder 4
Basement & Foundation Plan Mar. 25, 1930 ; revised Apr. 8, 1930
sheet #1
Mapcase Folder 4
First and Second Floor Plans and Details of the House, no date.
sheet #1A
Mapcase Folder 4
First Floor Plan, Feb. 25, 1930 ; revised Mar. 25, 1930 .
sheet #2
Mapcase Folder 4
Elevations, n.d.
sheet #2A
Mapcase Folder 4
Second Floor Plan, Mar. 25, 1930 ; revised Apr. 8, 1930 .
sheet #3
Mapcase Folder 4
Elevations, Feb. 25, 1930 ; revised Apr. 8, 1930 (North & South)
sheet #4
Mapcase Folder 4
Elevations, Feb. 25, 1930 ; revised Apr. 8, 1930 . (West & South)
sheet #5
Mapcase Folder 4
Garage & Fence, Mar. 4, 1930 .
sheet #6
Mapcase Folder 4
Longitudinal Section through House, Feb. 25, 1930 .
sheet #101
Mapcase Folder 4
3/4" & F*S*D of North Elevation, Mar. 26, 1930 .
sheet #102A
Mapcase Folder 4
F*S*D of Main Cornice, North Elevation, showing details of Casements hinged at bottoms & relation to cornice, Mar. 26, 1930
sheet #103
Mapcase Folder 4
F*S*D Typical Window, Mar. 26, 1930
sheet #104
Mapcase Folder 4
Details of Dormers, Mar. 26, 1930
sheet #105
Mapcase Folder 4
Casement Window Frames in Masonry in "Study" Wing, Mar. 28, 1930
sheet #106
Mapcase Folder 4
Exterior Door Details, Mar. 31, 1930 . (door at kitchen entry, at west side of dining room, east door from dining room to porch, south door from living room to porch)
sheet #107
Mapcase Folder 4
3/4" Sections & Elevation of Study Book Cases, May 9, 1930 .
sheet #110
Mapcase Folder 4
3/4" & F*S*D of Hall Stair, May 10, 1930 .
sheet #111
Mapcase Folder 4
3/4" Details of Fire Place in Bed Room #1, Apr. 29, 1930.
drawing #12
Box 105 Folder 1
Drawing 6
Box 105 Folder 2
Drawing 7
Box 105 Folder 3
Drawing 8
Box 105 Folder 4
Drawing 9
Box 105 Folder 5
Drawing 10
Box 105 Folder 6
Drawing 16
Box 112
Drawings #13-15 of a study, a dining room and a flower room; two photographs of the exterior unlabelled building
Series X. Maps
Folder 1
Final Damage Map, East River Drive, May 20, 1936
Folder 2
Maps of New York City, Queens
Folder 3
Maps of Jacksonville, Florida, Manhattan, Quogue, Suffolk Co., Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn, showing topography, location of businesses, proposed and existing streets and parks, traffic and transportation, zoning, bridges, and aerial surveys.
Folder 4
New York City housing maps and charts
Folder 5
Mayor's Committee on City Planning material
Folder 6
New York City charts and prints
Folder 7
Tenement House Competition material
Folder 8
New York State Board of Housing material
Folder 9
Matt Fleming #2
Folder 10
Dwelling Law studies
Folder 11
Survey Material I
Folder 12
Survey Material II
Folder 13
Maps II
Series XI. Rolled Plans
Box 106 item #1
"A" Proposed Hotel Group 1927 charcoal on grey, "B" Proposed Hotel Group 1927 charcoal on grey, Lincoln Church Misc. details
Box 107 item #2
Sanford Stoddard, Esq. Residence
Box 108 item #3
Alterations and additions to "Hebron" for Miss Mabel Lindsay Gillespie
Box 109 item #4
Sutton Hall Apartments
Box 110 item #5
Henry B. Thompson Property William Green Estate
Box 106 item #6
E.S. Schniewind residence
Box 111 item #7
Sutton Hall Apartments