Albert Kahn papers   1896-2014
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Transcripts of Speeches [subseries]:

The four folders of Transcripts of Speeches contain his typed presentations with annotations and corrections by Kahn's own hand. The reader can imagine him reading over his transcripts before a lecture with a discerning eye to punctuation and content. The topics of Kahn's talks in the early years range from "Reinforced Concrete," the innovative structural material which he used in his early automobile factories for Henry Joy and Henry Ford, to tributes to George D. Mason and George G. Booth. During the 1930s, his speeches run the gamut from the challenges of industrial architecture to his love of architectural and art history. His collection of Impressionist art was the focus of his Torch Club talk at his own home on 5/14/1935. Kahn's well-publicized speech entitled "Building Program for National Defense" to the Adcraft Club on 11/28/1941 enriches our understanding of his major contribution to America's "Arsenal of Democracy." Taken as a whole, the transcripts capture his immense genius, sense of humor, humility and intellect.

 
 1918-1929
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"Reinforced Concrete,"  11/18/1918
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"Post-War Reconstruction," Peace and Prosperity Dinner, Detroit Real Estate Board,  1/22/1919
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"What Will the Detroit of the Future Be Like," Vortex Club at Fellowcraft Club,  9/28/1921
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"Tribute to George D. Mason," Masonic Temple dedication dinner honoring Mason, given by Michigan Society of Architects, c.  1923
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"Reinforced Concrete Architecture These Past Twenty Years," 20th Anniversary of the American Concrete Institute,  1924
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"Industrial and Commercial Buildings: Their Probable Life, Obsolescence and Depreciation,"  11/27/1925
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"Tribute to George Booth," upon his receiving honorary membership into The American Institute of Architects,  1926
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"What Are the Characteristics of Good Architecture?," Teachers' Convention,  10/28/1927
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"The Story of Architecture and Its Present Day Status," Tuesday Musical,  11/15/1927
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"Architecture and Business," Women's Advertising Club, 12/8/1927
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"Improvements in American Architecture," Business Women's Club, Hotel Statler,  1928
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"The Architecture of Garages," Society of Automotive Engineers, Toronto,  11/15/1929
 
 1930-1935
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"Putting Architecture on a Business Basis," Cleveland Engineering Society,  12/16/1930
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"Architectural Trend," Maryland Academy of Science,  4/15/1931
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"What Does Archiecture Demand of a Young Man Who Hopes for Success in It?," Interview for "Life Saver" radio program,  12/1931
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"The Planning of Children's Hospitals," American Hospital Association,  9/13/1932
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"Problems of Architecture Today," Torch Club,  1/16/1933
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"Plans for the Ford Exposition at Chicago Fair," Illinois Society of Architects, Chicago,  3/20/1934
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"Eugene Manet and the French Impressionists," Torch Club Meeting at Kahn's home,  5/14/1935
 
 1936-1939
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"Slum Clearance," WWJ radio speech, 12/6/1936
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"Thirty Minutes with American Architecture and Architects," Adcraft Club,  1/22/1937
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"Progress in Industrial Building Design,"  2/22/1938
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"Industrial Architecture," Torch Club Building Industry Luncheon and Builders and Trades Exchange,  12/21/1938
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"The Modern Administration Building," National Office Management Association,  3/14/1939
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"Industrial Architecture," Torch Club,  5/25/1939
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"Industrial Architeture," Detroit Institute of Arts,  10/24/1939
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"How Building Design Affects Production Efficiency," speech by A. Kahn, read by Louis Kahn, American Management Association,  11/15/1939
 
 1940-1942
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"Industrial Architecture-An Opportunity and Challenge," New York State Architects, Rochester,  9/27/1940
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"Industrial Architecture-Its Problems and Obligations," Boston Society of Architects,  11/12/1940
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"Architecture in the National Defense Program," Society of Automotive Engineers, Detroit,  4/28/1941
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"Building Program for National Defense," Adcraft Club,  11/28/1941
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"The Businessman-Architect of Today: Challenges and Opportunities," Speech of acceptance of American Institute of Architects Medal,  6/24/1942
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"F.O.B. Detroit," WJR radio speech,  7/18/1942
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"Challenges for the Industrial Architect,"  undated
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"Problems in City Development," Wednesday Night Club,  undated