MSS 102
Marr & Holman Architectural Firm
 Collection of Marr & Holman Architectural Firm, 1922-1925

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives 
Call No.: MSS 102
Title: Collection of Marr & Holman Architectural Firm, Tennessee School for the Deaf
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 4.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: The Tennessee State Library and Archives donated these documents to the Gallaudet University Archives.
Processed by: Ronald Rood Jr. 2000 July 21.
Processing Note:
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.

Related Material in the Archives:


  • Gallaudet alumni reunion [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 210-4
  • Thomas Scott Marr [motion picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Film 11-8, 53-8


  • Thomas Scott Marr [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Portraits
  • Photograph album of Thomas S. Marr [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 4
  • Photograph album of Uriel Cloran Jones [picture]. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Photograph Album AL 75


  • Wesley Lauritsen, 1949-1961. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: SMSS

Vertical Files

  • Thomas Scott Marr. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Historical Sketch

1866 Thomas Marr was born on October 20th.
1869 Marr became Deaf due to scarlet fever.
1884 Completion of Marr's high school education.
1889 Marr graduated from Gallaudet College with Bachelor of Science degree.
1892 At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Marr took some architecture courses.
1897 By this time he finally owned an office which he paid 10 dollars per month for rent.
1904 Marr hired a boy named Joseph Holman, a 13-year-old boy, as an errand boy.
1910 Thomas Marr admitted to partnership with Joseph Holman.
1923 Richard S. Reynolds was hired as a Civil engineer.
1924 Eight different buildings at the Tennessee School for the Deaf campus were erected by Marr.
1928 James L. Howard was hired as a structural engineer.
1936- Marr died on March 2 due to paralysis stroke. Holman took over the firm.
1952 Holman passed away. The firm was reorganized and Reynolds took over until his retirement in 1970.

Scope and Content

The Marr & Holman architectural firm collection contains one box of several of contracts, agreements, and letters between the firm and other companies for various reasons. The collection, which consists of approximately 2,400 papers, is dated from 1922-1925. The collection includes each typed letters, proof of purchase. Whole papers are photocopied. The original is at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The information is available for public.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series.

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Letters 1922-1924
1 2 (Duplicated of folder 1) 1922-1924
1 3 Letters 1923
1 4 (Duplicated of folder 2) 1923
1 5 Letters 1923-1925
1 6 (Duplicated of folder 3) 1923-1925


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