Nolen, John, 1869-1937

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The collection was originally given to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

From the description of John Nolen pamphlet collection. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64091791

John Nolen was one of the most important figures in the emerging city planning profession in the United States in the early twentieth century. He was born in Philadelphia on June 14, 1869, the son of John C. and Matilda Thomas Nolen. Because Nolen's father died when he was young, his mother enrolled him in Girard College for fatherless boys in Philadelphia, where he graduated at fifteen with high honors. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, completing his Bachelor's degree in 1893, followed by post-graduate work at the University of Munich. In the late 1890s, he served as executive secretary of the Society for the Extension of University Teaching, a program associated with Penn that was intended to foster adult education.

Shortly after the turn of the century, Nolen moved from Ardmore, Pennsylvania to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Harvard's nascent School of Landscape Architecture, where he studied with Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., among others, earning a master's degree in 1905. Nolen later lectured on city planning at Harvard, although he was never a member of the regular faculty. He opened an office in Cambridge after completing his degree, and began his professional career with re-planning projects for existing communities, including Reading, Pennsylvania and Madison, Wisconsin. He also planned several academic campuses, including Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. The creation of "new towns" was Nolen's preferred work, however. These projects, which span from the 1910s to his death, are located throughout the United States, and include Mariemont, Ohio, where Nolen worked between 1920 and 1925. During World War I, Nolen served as the chief of the Bureau of Housing and Town Planning of the U.S. Army Educational Commission, and as a member of the advisory housing committee of the Emergency Fleet Corporation.

Nolen was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hobart College in 1913. He was a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the board of directors of the American Planning and Civic Association and of the Society of Planning Officials. He also served as president of the National Conference on City Planning, of the American City Planning Institute, and of the International Federation for Housing and Town Planning, based in London. Nolen published and lectured extensively on planning, and was recognized in his time as one of the most important defining voices in the developing field.

From the description of John Nolen architectural drawings, 1908-1927. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 232570030

City planner, landscape architect.

John Nolen attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Ph.B. in 1893, and for the next ten years worked as secretary of the American Society for the Extension of University Teaching. In 1903 he enrolled in the newly established Harvard School of Landscape Architecture, receiving an A.M. in 1905. He established an office in Cambridge, where he and his associates branched out into city planning as well as landscape architecture. Nolen was a frequent lecturer on city and town planning, and was active in many professional organizations, including the American City Planning Institute (now American Institute of Planners), American Civic Association (now Urban America), American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Planning Officials, International Garden Cities and Town-Planning Federation, National Conference on City Planning (now Urban America), and the Town Planning Institute of England.

From the description of John Nolen papers, 1890-1938, 1954-1960. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63945058

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referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
referencedIn Long, Barbara Jo. John Nolen: the Wisconsin activities of an American landscape architectural and planning pioneer, 1908-1937, 1978. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Herrold, George H. The story of planning St. Paul from the beginnings to 1953, 1958. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Bagnoli, David C. Designing for the automobile: John Nolen at Venice and Myers Park, 1998. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Hanchett, Thomas W. John Nolen and the planning of Savannah's Daffin Park, 1906-1909, 1993. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Nolen, John, 1869-1937. John Nolen pamphlet collection. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Nolen family. Papers of the Nolen-Schatte family, 1886-1990 (inclusive), 1886-1954 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Nolen, John, 1869-1937. John Nolen architectural drawings, 1908-1927. University of Pennsylvania, Architectural Archives
referencedIn John Nolen papers, 1890-1938, 1954-1960. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Black, Russell Van Nest, 1893-1969. Russell Van Nest Black papers, 1919-1968. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Weiss, Harry. Santa Fe City Planning Board records, 1912-1914. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Mohl, Raymond A. Raymond A. Mohl Research Papers, 1951-1992. University of Florida
referencedIn Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1870-1957. Frederick Law Olmsted correspondence, 1910-1951. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Santa Fe City Planning Board Records, 1912-1914 Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
referencedIn Hartzog, Justin R. (Justin Richardson), 1892-1963. Justin R. Hartzog papers, 1917-1966. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Wisconsin. Capitol Commission. General files, 1903-1927. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn John Nolen Research Fund. John Nolen Research Fund publications, 2001-2005. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Raymond Mohl Research Papers, 1951-2009 Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
referencedIn John Nolen papers, 1890-1938, 1954-1960. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Nolen, John, 1869-1937. Preliminary plan of the central district of Saint Paul, 1911 / by John Nolen and Arthur C. Comey ; prepared under the direction of the City Planning Commission of the City of Saint Paul and the City Plan Committee of the Saint Paul City Club. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Glass, James Arthur, 1952- ,. James A. Glass thesis research papers, 1914-1983. Cornell University Library
creatorOf American Planning and Civic Association. Committee of 100 on the Federal City. Committee of 100 on the Federal City records (part I), 1932-1997 (bulk 1950-1987). George Washington University
referencedIn Stephens Company. Stephens Company minute book, 1911-1922 1911-1922. University of North Carolina, Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library
referencedIn Papers of the Nolen-Schatte family, 1886-1990 (inclusive), 1886-1954 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Jackson, Alice F. (Alice Fanny), b. 1877. Jackson-Stevens-Morris family papers, 1795-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Union Park Gardens Neighborhood Association. Miscellany, 2005. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Wisconsin. Capitol Commission. State Capitol landscape plan, 1911-1912. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Hixon, Joseph M. Recreational area photographs, ca. 1904-1911. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Justin R. Hartzog papers, 1917-1966. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Mitra, Deirdre Durbin. The garden city and the neotraditional town, 1994. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Nolen, John, 1869-1937. Letters, 1908-1935. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Nolen, John, 1869-1937. John Nolen papers, 1890-1938, 1954-1960. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Clark, Jacqueline Sue, 1956-. John Nolen's Mariemont: "A National Exemplar," 1980. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Adams, Thomas, 1871-1940. person
associatedWith Alexander, S. B. person
associatedWith Allen, Philip R. person
associatedWith American Civic Association. corporateBody
associatedWith American Institute of Architects. corporateBody
associatedWith American Institute of Planners. corporateBody
associatedWith American Planning and Civic Association. Committee of 100 on the Federal City. corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of Landscape Architects. corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of Planning Officials. corporateBody
associatedWith Babson Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Bagnoli, David C. person
associatedWith Ball, Charles B. person
associatedWith Bassett, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1863-1948. person
associatedWith Beer, G. Frank. person
associatedWith Bellamy, George A. person
associatedWith Black, Russell Van Nest, 1893-1969. person
associatedWith Boston (Mass.). Advisory Committee on Housing. corporateBody
associatedWith Boston Metropolitan Planning Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooks, Joshua L. person
associatedWith Chase, Helen E. person
associatedWith Cheney, Charles E. person
associatedWith Childs, Richard S. (Richard Spencer), b. 1882. person
associatedWith Chivers, Herbert C. person
associatedWith City Housing Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Jacqueline Sue, 1956- person
associatedWith Cleveland (Ohio). City Plan Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Comey, Arthur. person
associatedWith Contreras, Carlos. person
associatedWith Coyle, David Cushman, 1887-1969. person
associatedWith Crane, Jacob L. (Jacob Leslie), 1892-1988. person
associatedWith Dimmick, J. Benjamin. person
associatedWith Draper, Earle Sumner, Sr., 1893- person
associatedWith Ely, Richard T. (Richard Theodore), 1854-1943. person
associatedWith Ely, Robert E. person
associatedWith Feidler, F. F. person
associatedWith Filene, Edward A. person
associatedWith Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. person
associatedWith Ford, James, 1884-1944. person
associatedWith Forest Park and Planning Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Foster, Philip W. person
associatedWith Franzheim, Kenneth, 1890-1959. person
associatedWith Gallup, George B. person
associatedWith Geddes, Patrick, Sir, 1854-1932. person
associatedWith General Federation of Women's Clubs. corporateBody
associatedWith Glass, James Arthur, 1952- , person
associatedWith Griggs, Edward Howard. person
associatedWith Hanchett, Thomas W. person
associatedWith Hancock, John L. person
associatedWith Hartzog, Justin R. (Justin Richardson), 1892-1963. person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Herrold, George H. person
associatedWith Highland, Harry. person
associatedWith Hixon, Joseph M. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Hoggson, N. J. person
associatedWith Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964. person
associatedWith Ihlder, John, 1876-1958. person
associatedWith International Federation for Housing and Planning. corporateBody
associatedWith International Garden Cities and Town-Planning Federation. corporateBody
associatedWith Jackson, Joseph W., 1878-1969. person
associatedWith John, Nolen 1869-1937. person
associatedWith John Nolen Research Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Justin R.(Justin Richardson), Hartzog 1892-1963. person
associatedWith La Monte, C. B., Mrs. person
associatedWith Latham, J. E. person
associatedWith Lewis, Nelson Peter, 1856-1924. person
associatedWith Long, Barbara Jo. person
associatedWith MacArthur, Arthur. person
associatedWith Massachusetts Civic League. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts. Dept. of Public Welfare. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Federation of Planning Boards. corporateBody
associatedWith Maxwell, George H. person
associatedWith Meinig, Richard. person
associatedWith Mitra, Deirdre Durbin. person
associatedWith Mohl, Raymond A. person
associatedWith Mohl, Raymond A. person
associatedWith National Conference on City Planning. corporateBody
associatedWith National Park Service. corporateBody
associatedWith New England Council. corporateBody
associatedWith New England Regional Planning Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Nolen family. family
associatedWith Nolen Family family
associatedWith Nolen, John, 1898-1986. person
associatedWith Olbrich, Michael B., 1881-1929. person
associatedWith Olin, John M. (John Meyers), 1851-1924. person
associatedWith Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1870-1957. person
associatedWith Philadelphia Regional Planning Federation. corporateBody
associatedWith Regional Plan Association (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Root, Irving C. person
associatedWith Russell Sage Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Saint Paul City Club. City Plan Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Saint Paul (Minn.). Planning Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Seymour, Robert M., Mrs. person
associatedWith Stein, Clarence S. person
associatedWith Stephens Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Tennessee Valley Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith Town Planning Institute (London, England) corporateBody
associatedWith Union Park Gardens Neighborhood Association. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Division of Subsistence Homesteads. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration of Public Works. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Housing Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Resources Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Resources Planning Board. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Resettlement Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Pennsylvania corporateBody
associatedWith University of Wisconsin. Arboretum. corporateBody
associatedWith Unwin, Raymond, Sir, 1863-1940. person
associatedWith Varn, Claude G. person
associatedWith Walker, Hale J. person
associatedWith Weiss, Harry person
associatedWith Weiss, Harry. person
associatedWith Williams, Frank B. (Frank Backus), 1864-1954. person
associatedWith Wisconsin. Capitol Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Wisconsin. Capitol Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Zug, George R., 1938- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Saint Paul (Minn.)
Roanoke (Va.)
Columbus (Ga.)
Sarasota (Fla.)
Clearwater (Fla.)
Niagara Falls (N.Y.)
Bridgeport (Conn.)
Minnesota--Saint Paul
La Crosse (Wis.)
Sacramento (Calif.)
Madison (Wis.)
Minnesota
Venice (Fla.)
Spartanburg (S.C.)
Riverton (N.J.)
Dubuque (Iowa)
Johnson City (Tenn.)
Mariemont (Ohio)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Lancaster (Pa.)
Charlotte (N.C.)
Madison (Wis.)
Clewiston (Fla.)
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Kingsport (Tenn.)
San Diego (Calif.)
Reading (Pa.)
Subject
Housing
Landscape architecture--History--20th century--Sources
New Towns--Designs and plans
City planning
Landscape architects--Archives
Landscape architecture--Designs and plans
Parks
Highway planning
Inland water transportation
Landscape architecture
City planning--Study and teaching
Community development, Urban
Railroads
Landscape architects
John Nolen Research Fund
Zoning
Regional planning
Planners--Archives
City planners
City planning--History--20th century--Sources
City planning and redevelopment law
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Birth 1869-06-14

Death 1937-02-18

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