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)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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.
Albert Kahn papers, 1875-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
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.
The Albert Kahn papers were donated by Kahn's children, Mrs. Lydia Winston Malbin, Mrs. Rosalie Butzel, and Dr. Edgar A. Kahn, in 1974.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001