A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University
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October 29, 1991
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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.
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).
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.
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.
[item], [folder title], Jack Holden Papers, M041, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Jack Holden, April 4, 1985 (M1985-07).
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 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: During processing,
sheet music was separated to Popular Music Sheet Music Collection. See List of
Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.