18 Facts About Barbara Holdridge


Barbara Holdridge was a pioneer in the genre of spoken word literary recordings, and is considered to have laid the foundation for modern audio books.

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Barbara Ann Holdridge nee Cohen was born in 1929 in New York City.

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Barbara Holdridge continued her graduate education in Humanities at Columbia University, in New York, but then turned her attention to founding Caedmon Records with her college friend Marianne Roney, in 1952.

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In 1952 Barbara Holdridge was working for Liveright Publishers in New York and Roney was employed by a New York recordings producer.

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Barbara Holdridge remained with Caedmon for an additional five years as president of the reorganized company.

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Barbara Holdridge founded Stemmer House Publishers in 1975, the first general book publishers established in the state of Maryland.

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Barbara Holdridge became known for its children's books, and their International Design Library.

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Barbara Holdridge taught publishing at Loyola College as an Adjunct Professor where she taught book publishing and writing.

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Barbara Holdridge created Apprentice House Publishers as a hands-on learning project for her courses.

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In 2002 Barbara Holdridge was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and subsequently the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.

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Barbara Holdridge is and inductee of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary Society.

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Together with her husband, Barbara Holdridge is recognized as the co-discoverer and researcher of the 19th century American portrait painter Ammi Phillips, whose works were on display at important museums as several different unknown American masters.

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Larry and Barbara Holdridge were recognized and honored by the Museum of American Folk Art for their important contribution to art.

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Barbara Holdridge currently continues to do research on Ammi Phillips, and is considered the authority on the artist, who is renowned among art historians, art critics and connoisseurs of American art.

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Barbara Holdridge is currently serving on the board of directors of Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Baltimore.

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In 1959 Barbara Cohen married Larry Holdridge, a self-employed Baltimore, Maryland hydraulic engineer, and she then moved to Maryland.

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Barbara Holdridge is an avid gardener, having created gardens whose beauty has been recognized with awards.

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Barbara Holdridge's gardens have been included on tours conducted by the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and the Maryland Horticultural Society.

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