Ernest M. Fisher taught urban land economics at Columbia University from 1945 until 1961, and was appointed the first director of the university's Institute for Urban Land Use and Housing Studies in 1948. Already nationally known before joining Columbia, he was widely published in the field of real estate and public policy. After retiring from Columbia, Fisher consulted for various agencies and organizations and was appointed director of education and research for the National Association of Real Estate Boards. He also served as an advisor to the Federal Housing Administration.
An electronic folder-level inventory is available for use by researchers in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.
This collection includes holograph, typescript, and printed papers compiled by Fisher primarily relating to his research for Columbia University's Institute for Urban Land Use and Housing Studies and concerning issues of real estate use, finance, and law. The majority of documents relate to a study conducted in the early 1950s by Fisher regarding real estate investment experience in New York-based real estate-holding entities, and includes detailed data and analysis from several dozen organizations, including City and Suburban Homes Company, Columbia University, the R. W. Goelet Estate, Hanover Properties, Pease & Elliman, Paterno Brothers, Pratt Institute, Rhinelander Real Estate Co., and Sailors' Snug Harbor. Other documents record extensive financial data according to building types.
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