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Edward O. Holien Student Drawings

Identifier: SWA-Holien-Student Drawings

Scope and Content

This collection, contained in one drawer, houses eleven drawings created by Edward O. Holien while attending University of Minnesota and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1920s. The drawings are not of actual projects, but rather imaginary exercises. All are hand drawn and many are painted with watercolors. The works were donated to the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico by Van Dorn Hooker, who worked for the architectural firm Meem, Holien, and Buckley from 1951 to 1956. Many are in fragile condition and are encapsulated.


  • 1920-1926


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Edward Obert Holien moved to New Mexico in December of 1943 to join the office of John Gaw Meem, Hugo Zehner, & Associates where he took over design the following year, enabling Meem to pursue new commissions and handle client relations. During this time, the firm focused on schools, hospitals, offices, and churches, with many projects at the University of New Mexico. After Meem’s retirement in 1959, the firm became Holien and Buckley. The Holien and Buckley collection is housed separately in the Center for Southwest Research.

Trained in the Beaux Arts tradition, Holien worked on Riverside Church, New York with Allens, Pelton, & Collens; as well as Radio City and Rockefeller Center with Reinhard & Hofmeister. Holien received his B.S. in architecture from University of Minnesota in 1923 and his Masters from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1926. He taught at a number of colleges and universities, including his alma mater, University of Minnesota (1934-1935), as well as North Dakota State College (1923-1925), and New York University (1927-1935).

Holien died in Santa Fe in 1967.


1 drawer (.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Edward O. Holien Student Drawings Collection is derived from his Beaux Arts training as a student in the architecture schools at the University of Minnesota and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The drawings depict imaginary places, including panoramic views, inexistent monuments, and ceiling murals.

Related Archival Material

Holien and Buckley Architectural Drawings and Plans. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the Edward O. Holien Student Drawings, 1920-1926
Cristina R. Miller
© 2014
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131