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Louis L. and Nettie S. Horch Papers, circa 1920s-1960s

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Louis L. and Nettie S. Horch papers. Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

Abstract

This collection includes office papers and reference papers related to the professional and civic activities of Louis L. and Nettie S. Horch, the Master Institute of United Arts, the Master Apartments, and the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Conservation Association.

At a Glance

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Creator(s):Horch, Louis L.
Title:Louis L. and Nettie S. Horch Papers, circa 1920s-1960s
Physical description:3 linear feet of papers : (3 archives boxes)
Language(s): Materials are in English.
Access: This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection contains ten series:

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection includes office papers and reference papers related to the professional and civic activities of Louis L. and Nettie S. Horch, the Master Institute of United Arts, the Master Apartments, and the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Conservation Association. Additionally, the collection includes documentation regarding the Master Building, which housed the Master Institute of United Art, the Master Apartment Hotel, and the Riverside Museum (formerly known as the Roerich Museum), as well as many of the Horchs’ Harlem redevelopment projects. Seeing as Louis and Nettie Horch were instrumental in many redevelopment and conservation projects in Harlem, their papers shed light on the Morningside Heights of the 1950s and 1960s.

Series I: Master Institute of United Art documents the institution founded by Nicholas Roerich, and run by Louis and Nettie Horch. Includes charters, correspondence, financial documents, deeds, permits, and the lease.

Series II: Master Apartment Hotel documents the apartments and hotel located in the Master Building, including correspondence, floor plans, financial documents, inventories, and rent rolls.

Series III: Master Building is made up of documentation regarding the building, including mortgages, deeds, blueprints, and appraisals. Also includes legal documentation from The Master Operating Corp.

Series IV: Bloomingdale Neighborhood Conservation Association is made up of records regarding a cooperative partnership between residents of Morningside Heights and the City of New York. Includes, but is not limited to: correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, newsletters, flyers, and publicity materials.

Series V: Riverside Museum also formerly known as the Roerich Museum, this series contains documentation of the museum located in the Master Building, including catalogs, information regarding the Roerich Museum Apartments, Certificate of name change, deeds, and the litigation that allowed the Horchs to take over the building.

Series VI: Adele Levy Memorial Park consists of documentation regarding a failed effort to open a playground in Riverside Park. Includes committee meetings, correspondence, and publications.

Series VII: Westside Urban Renewal Area includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and publicity materials.

Series VIII: Other Projects contains documentation regarding other Harlem redevelopment projects the Horchs were not instrumental in.

Series IX: Personal Papers includes receipts and bills, correspondence, including letters from Mayor Robert F. Wagner and the Riverside Democrats.

Series X: Newspaper Clippings contains numerous articles relating to Harlem neighborhoods and buildings.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

 This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.

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.

Preferred Citation

Louis L. and Nettie S. Horch papers. Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library. Department of Drawings and Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

This collection was processed in March 2011 by Zoe Milgram (Archives Intern).

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion March 30, 2010 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-03-30 File created.

CLIO ID: 6636038 View CLIO record

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Index Terms

The names and terms listed below are represented in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a consortial/union catalog offered by OCLC that allows users to search the holdings of multiple archives and libraries.

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Subjects (Personal Names)

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Corbett, Harvey Wiley, 1873-1954.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Horch, Louis L.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Horch, Nettie S.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roerich, Nicholas, 1874-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Corporate Names)

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Bloomingdale Neighborhood Conservation Association.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Master Apartments building (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Master Institute of United Arts, Inc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Master Operating Co.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Topics)

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Apartment houses--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Louis L. and Nettie S. Horch financed and directed the Master Institute of United Arts, a New York City-based insitution that taught the fine and dramatic arts. The Master Institute was founded by Nicholas Roerich in 1921, and for much of its existence was housed in the Master Apartments. The Master Apartments were designed by Harvery Wiley Corbett in 1929 for Roerich and built on the site of the former Horch mansion at 310 Riverside Dr. in New York City. After ligitgation in 1938, Louis and Nettie Horch took ownership of the building. They were also closely associated with the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Conservation Association, a cooperative partnership between the City of New York and private citizens to improve the housing and social conditions of residents of the Bloomingdale neighborhood in New York City.

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