Marjorie Sewell Cautley attended the Pratt Institute, graduated from the Packer Collegiate Institute, studied landscape architecture at Cornell University (B.S. 1917). After working for Warren Manning and then for Julia Morgan, Marjorie Sewell Cautley opened her own practice in New Jersey around 1922. Cautley earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943, and taught site planning and landscape design at MIT and Columbia. Cautley made a substantial contribution to the developing planning profession as well as to landscape architecture with her projects focusing on planning for people as well as on esthetics and plant materials.
The collection comprises photographs and printed material (dated 1925-1935) documenting a number of Marjorie Sewell Cautley's projects, including Oak Croft, Ridgewood, NJ; Roosevelt Common, Tenafly, NJ; Town Plan and Development, Radburn, NJ; Phipps Garden Apartments, Queens, NY; Hillside Housing, Bronx, NY; and Recreational Development Projects for the State of New Hampshire.