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Jack Holden:

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

October 29, 1991

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 27, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Holden, Jack
Title:Jack Holden papers
Dates: circa 1939-circa 1976
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Jack Holden (born Milton Jackson) teamed up with Fairley Holden as a guitar and vocal duo on WATL in Atlanta. The pair moved to Ohio and built an active and successful performing career as "The Holden Brothers." After wartime service, they followed separate careers. Jack moved to Atlanta in 1949, where he continued a performing and radio career, frequently performing with his wife, Frances Thompson Holden (using the stage name "Frances Kay"). The Jack Holden Papers contain photocopies of correspondence, clippings, music, and radio station publicity materials relating to the careers of Holden and the Holden Brothers, and 27 photographs of them and other musicians.
Identification: M041

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Jack Holden Papers contain photocopies of correspondence, clippings, music, and radio station publicity materials relating primarily to the career of Jack Holden and to the Holden Brothers performing duo. Also found in the materials is the photocopied sheet music for two songs, "No Wars in Heaven" and "Standing By His Side." The photographs include images of Jack Holden, Fairley Holden, the Holden Brothers, and a variety of other country musicians, as well as one image of an undated handbill advertising an appearance of the Holden Brothers.

Biography of Jack Holden

Jack Holden, who was born Milton Jackson in Pickens County, Georgia on March 13, 1915, grew up listening to gospel music and learned to play guitar from one of his uncles. During the 1930s he teamed up with Fairley Holden, who also played guitar, and the two put together a guitar and vocal duo. They began performing together on a free-lance basis, and soon after started their radio career on WATL in Atlanta. In 1936 they moved to Akron, Ohio, where they eventually chose for themselves the name "The Holden Brothers." From 1936 through the opening of World War II, the Holden Brothers built an active and successful performing career. Shortly after their wartime service, Jack and Fairley followed separate careers, reuniting only for a brief period during 1947 and 1948. Jack moved to Atlanta in 1949, where he continued a performing and radio career. His wife, Frances Thompson Holden (using the stage name "Frances Kay") frequently performed and co-authored songs with him.

A longer and more thorough history of Jack Holden and the Holden Brothers may be found in Wayne Daniel, "Roots of Bluegrass: The Holden Brothers," Bluegrass Unlimited 16/5 (November 1981): 24-30 (in the Ephemera File, Popular Music Collection).

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Holden, Jack--Archives
Country music--Georgia--Atlanta--20th century
Country musicians--United States
Atlanta (Ga.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Jack Holden Papers, M041, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jack Holden, April 4, 1985 (M1985-07).

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October 29, 1991 (revised October 1998); EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, June 27, 2008.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection

Also see the Atlanta Country Music Research Guide page on the Popular Music Collection website.

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, sheet music was separated to Popular Music Sheet Music Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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