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.
Biographical / Historical Note
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.
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 call (212) 854-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.