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Holden, Arthur C., 1890-1993
Arthur Cort Holden Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1845-1993 (mostly 1890-1993)
39 boxes
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-27; 33-35; 27a ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 28-32; 28A; 28B; 28C


The Arthur Cort Holden Papers consists chiefly Holden's personal and professional papers, accumulated during his life (1890-1993) as an architect and active Princeton University alumnus. Also included are photographs, the papers of friends and family members, and miscellaneous printed matter dating from the 1840s to the 1990s.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains Holden's various personal and professional papers, accumulated during his life (1890-1993) as an architect and active Princeton University alumnus, as well as photographs, the papers of friends and family members, miscellaneous printed matter dating from the 1840s to the 1990s, and a taped interview with Holden.

Holden's personal papers include writings, his correspondence, and drawings. His writings include drafts of memoirs, articles, books, a play, and a great deal of poetry. Also included in his writings are his class notes from his time at Princeton and his graduate studies at Columbia. His correspondence consists of his correspondence with his first wife, Miriam Young Holden, his second wife, Rose Barnes Holden, other members of his family, and his friends, and also touches upon his wartime (1914-1917) experience, Princeton University, the Christodora House in New York City, his association with Frank Lloyd Wright, and his membership in the Cosmos Club and the Grolier Club. His drawings include mainly travel sketches and architectural sketches and plans.

Holden's professional papers include architectural plans, articles and reports on urban planning, papers regarding his association with Frank Lloyd Wright and the building of the Guggenheim Museum, and documents from various New York City commissions and planning boards such as the United Neighborhood Houses of New York.

Holden's photographs consist mainly of his friends and family, although there is a series of the staff of the Grolier Club Bindery probably dating from the very beginning of the twentieth century, as well as a series of portraits of young men dating from the 1910s, which in all likelihood are graduating portraits of members of Princeton's Class of 1912.

The papers of friends and family members include the correspondence between Arthur Cort Holden's parents, Edwin B. Holden and Alice Cort Holden, and Charles Eliot Norton, as well as a bound book of reproductions of letters (1854-1855) from Edwin Ruthven Holden to Sarah Elizabeth Kellogg. The miscellaneous printed matter in this collection consists chiefly of pamphlets and magazines, and includes a collection of articles by or about James Russell Lowell dating from 1845 to 1894, as well as an issue of Ladies Home Journal from 1858 and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from 1902. Among memorabilia are two examples of the original stamps issued under the English Stamp Act of 1765.

The taped interview with Holden was recorded in1974 onto six audiocassettes.

Collection Creator Biography:

The National Council of Jewish Women was founded in 1893 by Hannah Solomon, as part of the Parliament of Religions in the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. At the close of the exhibition, Solomon and the others involved with its committee of Jewish women resolved that they would form a permanent organization, known as the NCJW, with a dual purpose. First, this new organization would work to keep Judaism alive by informing women of their religious duties and their role in rearing Jewish children. Secondly, its members would "take part as a large group in all that concerns the welfare of mankind," working together to solve growing social problems that were impossible for the individual to combat alone. The Council quickly spread across the country, as a social and socially active women's club, so that by the time of its first triennial convention in 1896, the Council had more than four thousand members and fifty local sections.

In the past hundred years since its inception, the National Council of Jewish Women has grown to approximately one hundred thousand members and has established itself as one of the preeminent American reform organizations of the twentieth century. It has been actively involved in a wide variety of concerns including immigrant aid, opposition to the white slave trade, educational opportunities and vocational training for the blind and visually impaired, maternal and infant health care, establishment of child labor laws, religious education, opposition to anti-Semitism, international relief work, civil rights for blacks and women, and peace initiatives.

The journal in which these essays were first published, The Immigrant, was a monthly and then later a quarterly journal published by the National Council of Jewish Women, Department of Service to the Foreign Born (later known as the Department of Immigrant Aid) in New York City from 1921 to 1930. It was edited by Etta (Lasker) Rosensohn and Cecilia Razovsky.

Collection History


This collection came to Princeton in 1994 as a bequest from Holden's estate.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Jennifer Groom in 1999 and Jennifer Maloney in 2000. Finding aid written by Jannon Stein in 2000.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Arthur Cort Holden Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Publication Note:

The book manuscripts found in draft form in this collection that came to print are Primer of Housing, by Arthur C. Holden in collaboration with Henry Wright and Clarence S. Stein, with a preface by William J. Tracy (New York: Workers Education Bureau Press, 1927), and 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 (New York: Schulte Publishing Company, 1965).

Subject Terms:
Architects -- New York (N.Y.) -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Architects -- New York (New York).
Family papers -- New York (N.Y.)
Stamp act, 1765.
Women's studies.
Genre Terms:
Architectural drawings.
Oral history.
Christodora House.
Cosmos Club.
United Neighborhood Houses
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Grolier Club
Princeton University. Class of 1912.
Holden family
Holden, Miriam Young.
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.