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Cranbrook Foundation records, 1912-1960

Creator:
Cranbrook Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Bach, Oscar Bruno  Search this
Scripps family  Search this
Childs, M. W.  Search this
Bradford, Francis Scott  Search this
Billington, Cecil  Search this
Gimpel, RenĂ©  Search this
Booth, George G. (George Gough)  Search this
Kahn, Albert  Search this
Kirshmayer, I.  Search this
McEwen, Katherine  Search this
Karbel, Mario  Search this
Lorch, Emil  Search this
Kirk, Arthur Neville  Search this
Player, Cyril Arthur  Search this
Lyle, John M. (John McIntosh),  Search this
Milles, Carl  Search this
Cheney, Sheldon  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Society of Arts and Crafts (Detroit, Mich.)  Search this
Type:
Financial records
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7538
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209697
AAA_collcode_cranfoun
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970, bulk 1875-1945

Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Subject:
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Toscanini, Arturo  Search this
Mason, George D.  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Bacon, Henry  Search this
Stoughton, Arthur A.  Search this
Milles, Carl  Search this
Trowbridge, Alexander Buell  Search this
Barlow, Myron  Search this
Kahn, Ernestine Krolik  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Notebooks
Notes
Lithographs
Drawings
Awards
Diaries
Motion pictures (visual works)
Renderings
Typescripts
Sketchbooks
Watercolors
Lectures
Sound recordings
Etchings
Scrapbooks
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Architecture, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7638
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209801
AAA_collcode_kahnalbp
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209801
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Photograph of Albert Kahn, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Creator:
Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department  Search this
Subject:
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Kahn, Albert  Search this
Rivera, Diego  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1932 August 2
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Artists in groups  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6348
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Archives of American Art
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Albert Kahn

Subject:
Kahn, Albert  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1909 and 1920
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6556
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6556

Paul Philippe Cret papers, 1919-1931

Creator:
Cret, Paul Philippe, 1876-1945  Search this
Subject:
Kahn, Albert  Search this
Burroughs, Clyde H. (Clyde Huntley)  Search this
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold  Search this
Booth, Ralph  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Detroit Arts Commission  Search this
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Art patrons  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7548
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209708
AAA_collcode_cretpaul
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Albert Kahn papers

Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Names:
Bacon, Henry, 1839-1912  Search this
Barlow, Myron, 1873-1937  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Kahn, Ernestine Krolik  Search this
Mason, George D.  Search this
Milles, Carl, 1875-1955  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Stoughton, Arthur A.  Search this
Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957  Search this
Trowbridge, Alexander Buell, 1868-1950  Search this
Extent:
7.02 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Watercolors
Scrapbooks
Renderings
Lithographs
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Notebooks
Drawings
Sound recordings
Awards
Sketchbooks
Etchings
Notes
Typescripts
Lectures
Date:
1875-1970
Summary:
The papers of architect Albert Kahn date from 1875-1970, bulk 1875-1945, and measure 7.02 linear feet. Found within the papers is biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, nine sketchbooks, art work, notes and writings, two scrapbooks, printed material, photographs and photograph albums, artifacts, and motion picture film.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of architect Albert Kahn date from 1875-1970, bulk 1875-1945, and measure 7.02 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, nine sketchbooks, art work, notes and writings, two scrapbooks, printed material, photographs and photograph albums, artifacts, a sound recording and motion picture film.

Biographical material includes a biographical account, marriage certificate, architect's licenses, calling cards for the Kahns, passports, identification cards, letters of introduction, award certificates and medals, membership cards and certificates, a sound recording concerning Albert Kahn's life, and an address book.

Correspondence consists of letters between Albert Kahn, family members, and colleagues including Myron Barlow, George D. Mason, Carl Milles and Arthur A. Stoughton. There is one letter each from Henry Bacon and Alexander Trowbridge, and condolence letters to Kahn's widow.

Personal business records include records of stocks and income, lists of expenses and receipts for construction, property records, price lists for paintings by others, and miscellaneous receipts.

Art work includes nine sketchbooks and drawings by Albert Kahn, a paper silhouette portrait of Kahn, and drawings, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, and a sketchbook of Cornwall by others.

Notes and writings include Ernestine Kahn's diary, notebooks, guest registers and records concerning Albert Kahn's funeral, and typescripts of speeches and lectures.

Two scrapbooks contain clippings, small drawings, photographs of architecture, and letters of tribute.

Printed material includes clippings, exhibition catalogs for others, programs, booklets, books, reproductions of art work, travel brochures, picture postcards, and miscellaneous printed material.

Photographs are of Albert Kahn, members of his family, and colleagues including Myron Barlow, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Arturo Toscanini, residences, and travel scenes. Moving images include five reels of 16mm motion picture film of the Kahn family at the farm and at various family gatherings.

Artifacts primarily consist of the tools used by Albert Kahn during his career including t-squares and portable tripod supports for drawing boards used on construction sites.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series. Glass plate negative housed separately and closed to researchers.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1896-1945 (Box 1, 6, OV 10; 19 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1891-1970 (Box 1-3, 6; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1891-1943 (Box 3; 7 folders)

Series 4: Art Work, 1890-1936 (Box 3, 6, OV 11-12; 20 folders)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1899-1943 (Box 3-4; 29 folders)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1890-1942 (Box 7; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1897-1968 (Box 4-6, OV 10; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs and Moving Images, 1875-1944 (Box 5-6, 8, FC 13-17, MGP 2; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 9: Artifacts, circa 1942 (Box 5, 9; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Albert Kahn (1869-1942) of Detroit, Michigan, was an architect, primarily known for designing industrial buildings with the pioneering use of reinforced concrete that allowed large unobstructed interiors.

Albert Kahn was born on March 21, 1869 in Rhaunen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, the oldest son of rabbi Joseph Kahn and Rosalie Cohn Kahn. The family immigrated to the United States in 1881 and settled in Detroit, Michigan.

Albert Kahn worked as an office boy in an architect's office and studied drawing in Sunday classes conducted by sculptor Julius Melchers. Melchers found Kahn a position in the architectural offices of Mason and Rice where he worked for several years. In 1890, Kahn won a scholarship to travel in Europe to study architecture and in 1895 he opened his own architectural office, Albert Kahn Associates, hiring his younger brothers, Louis, Moritz, and Felix. In the following year, Kahn married Ernestine Krolik.

In 1903, Kahn was awarded his first two important commissions: to design the University of Michigan's engineering building and the Palm Apartments in Detroit, built with the early use of reinforced concrete. In the following year, he built the first reinforced concrete factory for the Packard Motor Company. Because of the industrial growth in Detroit at that time, Kahn was in demand to design various automobile factories including the General Motors Building, textile, business machine, and chemical plants. He became an authority on concrete construction and by the beginning of the First World War, his firm provided construction for the military aviation section of the Army.

Kahn later moved from using concrete to steel and glass. In 1927, his company finished a large building for the Fisher Brothers of Detroit for which he was awarded a medal by the Architectural League of New York for the year's outstanding contribution to architecture. In the following year his firm was given full charge of the entire heavy industrial building program of Russia's first five-year plan, and they constructed an estimated two billion dollars worth of factories in Russia.

During World War II, Kahn's firm was constantly busy constructing naval air bases, airplane engine plants, tank arsenals including the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, and other government defense projects. In June 1942 Kahn was given the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by Syracuse University.

Albert Kahn died on December 8, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan.
Provenance:
The Albert Kahn papers were donated by Kahn's children, Mrs. Lydia Winston Malbin, Mrs. Rosalie Butzel, and Dr. Edgar A. Kahn, in 1974.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Architecture, American  Search this
Architects -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Watercolors
Scrapbooks
Renderings
Lithographs
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Notebooks
Drawings
Sound recordings
Awards
Sketchbooks
Etchings
Notes
Typescripts
Lectures
Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kahnalbp
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Archives of American Art
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Oversized Book of Lithographs Vingt Lithographies du Vieux Paris par Samuel Chamberlain

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 3, Folder 73)
Container:
Box OV 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Oversized Etching by Andrew F. Affleck

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 3, Folder 70)
Container:
Box OV 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversized Charcoal Drawing of the General Motors Building by Hugh Ferriss

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Container:
Box OV 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Oversized Brochure for Reproductions of Art Work

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 5, Folder 6)
Container:
Box OV 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Oversized Poster Advertising Newspaper Article "Million Dollar Office Boy: The Story of Albert Kahn,"

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 5, Folder 20)
Container:
Box OV 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-kahnalbp-ref198

Oversized Blueprints of Designs for Cups and Saucers by Kahn's Daughter, Lydia Winston

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 5, Folder 20)
Container:
Box OV 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1947,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Three Oversized T-Squares, Three Supports for Drawing Boards, a Large Brush Used with Charcoal Drawings, a Model of a Construction Truss by Julian Kahn, and an Honorary Doctorate Cap and Hood

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1942, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Two Oversized Architect's Licenses

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Container:
Box OV 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918-1923
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-kahnalbp-ref28

Glass Plate Negative

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
1 glass negative
Container:
Box MGP 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Glass negatives
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Wiley Family

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 49
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1894-1902
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Winston - Zenner

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 50
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1893-1942
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Oversized Letter from the Rubberoid Company

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
(from Box 3, Folder 43)
Container:
Box 6, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943,
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Personal Business Records

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Extent:
(Box 3; 7 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1891-1943
Scope and Contents note:
Personal business records include a power of attorney for Julius Kahn, records of stocks and income, lists of expenses and receipts for construction, property records, price lists for paintings by others, and miscellaneous receipts.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.kahnalbp, Series 3
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Archives of American Art
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Power of Attorney for Julius Kahn

Collection Creator:
Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 51
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1891
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Albert Kahn papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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