Albert Kahn Associates records: 1825-2014 (bulk 1900-1945)
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Albert Kahn's Professional Papers and Albert Kahn Associates' Files [series]

The Albert Kahn's Professional Papers and Albert Kahn Associates' Files series (18 linear feet, 1903-2014) includes nine subseries of professional materials related to Albert Kahn and his firm, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.: the AIA 2003 Gold Medal Submission, Cost Ledgers, Employee Biographies, Mechanical Engineering Department Maps, Newspaper and Journal Articles, Publications, Scholarships and Contributions, Special Activities and Events, and Transcripts of Speeches.

 
AIA 2003 Gold Medal Submission [subseries]

The AIA Gold Medal Submission subseries (0.2 linear feet, 2002-2003) includes printed and CD copies of the presentation that was made to the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. It was prepared by Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. in its unsuccessful attempt to have Kahn receive this award posthumously in 2003. With photographs and text, the nomination materials effectively summarize the significance of Kahn's industrial, commercial, institutional and residential architecture in American history.

Box   1  
Gold Medal Submission Booklets 5/29/2002

(Reproductions available on CD)

 
Cost Ledgers [subseries]

The Cost Ledgers subseries (2 linear feet, 1907-1948) consists of cost books, cost cards, and other various materials regarding the monetary costs of many of the projects produced by Albert Kahn and his architectural firm, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. One of the most valuable items in the collection is Albert Kahn's Personal Cost Ledger.

  Vault  
Albert Kahn's Personal Cost Ledger 1907-1913

Albert Kahn's Personal Cost Ledger, 1907-1913, is perhaps the most valuable piece in this collection. The leather-covered, 4x6-inch binder includes cost summaries, dimensions, descriptions of construction materials and structural sketches for Kahn's projects during this period, written and drawn in his own hand. The inscription, "Valuable," inside the front cover signifies that Kahn considered this an important notebook of building data. The meticulously written records give the researcher a sense of the master's hands-on involvement in all of his projects, as well as his strong interest in structural design and his adherence to financial budgets. The original notebook has been restored by Bentley Conservator James Craven and is being limited to restricted use. A photocopy of the ledger is available for research.

(Leather-covered, loose-leaf binder, 6x4 inches)
Box   146  
Cost Books, Projects A-Z (3 folders)
Box   146  
Cost Cards, Projects A-F (11 folders)
Box   147  
Cost Cards, Projects F-Z (15 folders)
Box   147  
Miscellaneous Project Costs 1919-1948
Box   147  
Wright Aeronautical Corporation, Cincinnati Plant Construction Costs 1944-1945
 
Employee Biographies [subseries]

The Employee Biographies subseries (0.3 linear feet, 1957-1991) consists of biographical information for various employees of Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. from the 1950s to the 1990s. The materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically.

Box   148  
A-Z 1957-1991 (5 folders)
 
Mechanical Engineering Department Maps [subseries]

The Mechanical Engineering Department Maps subseries (156 maps in 4 folders and 1 drawer, 1905-1966) consists of topigraphical maps that were used by the Mechanical Engineering Department at Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. during the 20th century. The maps cover various regions within seven states: Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, New York, and Virginia.

Drawer   37 Folder   10
Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia 1905-1966 (39 maps)

(1 of 4 folders)

Drawer   37 Folder   11
Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia 1905-1966 (39 maps)

(2 of 4 folders)

Drawer   37 Folder   12
Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia 1905-1966 (39 maps)

(3 of 4 folders)

Drawer   37 Folder   13
Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia 1905-1966 (39 maps)

(4 of 4 folders)

 
Newspaper and Journal Articles 1903-2014 [subseries]

The Newspaper and Journal Articles subseries (10.75 linear feet, 1903-2014) consists of articles that offer an in-depth perspective on issues surrounding the design, construction technologies, budgets, politics and dedications of many of Kahn's buildings. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically and alphabetically by subject. Articles often include Kahn's own comments about the buildings, as well as construction and opening-day photographs which document the artistic detailing and technological advancements of his structures. Researchers interested in the work which Kahn's firm did in Russia between 1929 and 1932, during which time he designed 521 factories for Stalin's First Five-Year Industrial Plan, will find two leather binders of newspaper articles documenting this period in Box 13. A number of journal articles written by Kahn himself summarize his views on defense architecture and the business of industrial architecture. The researcher will note the proliferation of articles from 1939 to 1942, when such national journals asAero Digest, Engineering News-Record, Heating and Ventilating, American Builder and Architectural Forum covered in detail his design and construction of aircraft factories, tank arsenals and U. S. Navy air stations. Articles written after his death include analytical pieces by historians Grant Hildebrand (1970 and 1998), David Lewis (1975), Anatole Senkevich, Jr. (1996) and Janet Kreger (1998). Post-1942 materials, documenting the demolition, restoration and adaptive re-use of a number of Kahn's buildings up to the present time, have been included in the collection.

 
Chronological
Box   7  
1903-1908
Box   7  
1910-1914
Box   7  
1915-1919
Box   7  
1920-1923
Box   7  
1925-1928
Box   7  
1929
Box   7  
1930
Box   7  
1931
Box   7  
1932-1933
Box   7  
1934
Box   7  
1935-1936
Box   7  
1937
 
1938
Box   7  
January-May
Box   7  
July-December
 
1939
Box   7  
January-June
Box   7  
July-December
 
1940
Box   7  
January-March
Box   7  
April-June
Box   7  
July-September
Box   7  
October-December
 
1941
Box   7  
January
Box   7  
February-June
Box   7  
July-September
Box   7  
October
Box   8  
November
Box   8  
December
 
1942
Box   8  
January-February
Box   8  
March
Box   8  
April-May
Box   8  
June (2 folders)
Box   8  
July
Box   8  
August-September
Box   8  
October-December
Box   8  
1943-1949
Box   8  
1950-1957
Box   8  
1960-1969
Box   8  
1970-1971
Box   8  
1972-1973
Box   8  
1974
Box   8  
1975-1976
Box   8  
1977-1979
Box   8  
1980-1983
Box   8  
1984
Box   8  
1985-1986
Box   8  
1987-1989
Box   8  
1990-2008
 
Topical
Box   153  
Admission of Associates and Advancement to Senior Associate 1970-1973
Box   153  
Admission of Associates and Advancement to Senior Associate 1972-1979 (2 folders)
 
Albert Kahn: Addresses, Articles, Mentions of & Quotes
Box   153  
1939-1940 (2 folders)
Box   153  
1941 (2 folders)
Box   153  
1942 (2 folders)
Box   153  
1943-1969 (2 folders)
Box   153  
1970-1974 (2 folders)
Box   153  
1974-1978 (2 folders)
Box   153  
1979-1983 (2 folders)
Box   154  
1984-1990 (2 folders)
Box   154  
Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., 75th Anniversary 1970 (5 folders)
Box   154  
Albert Kahn, Buildings: Residential, (1944-1991) (4 folders)
Box   154  
Albert Kahn Memorial Issue MSA Bulletin March 30, 1943 (2 folders)
Box   154  
Assembly Plant, Copy of Nomination to National Register, Edgewater, NJ 1970, 1982-1983 (2 folders)
Box   154  
Associates, Appointments & Promotions, (1971-1980) (2 folders)
Box   155  
Avon Products Inc. 1971-1985
 
Awards
Box   155  
1969-1977 (3 folders)
Box   155  
1978-1980
 
Biographical Material, Former Associates
Box   155  
Vincent C. Adrente, (1968-1989)
Box   155  
Thomas E. Alderton, (1971)
Box   155  
Aaro J. Annala, (1961-1983)
Box   155  
Max R. Ashby, (1961)
Box   155  
Nathan Balter, (1961-1965)
Box   155  
Arthur F. Bassett Jr., (1961-1982)
Box   155  
Robert H. Baum, (1969-1978)
Box   155  
Arthur I. Bergey, (1961)
Box   155  
Frank A. Bergey, (1960-1990)
Box   155  
Deborah S. Bleger, (1988)
Box   155  
Louis J. Blume, (1961-1968)
Box   155  
Roger W. Boe, (1980-1987)
Box   155  
Frederick K. Boomhower, (1955)
Box   155  
Leo B. Bratt, (1969-1980)
Box   155  
Lyster T. Carney, (1961-1963)
Box   155  
Raymond M. Doering, (1961-1968)
Box   155  
Walter A. Drath, (1969)
Box   155  
Frederic A. Fairbrother, (1942-1956)
Box   155  
David Fettes, (1944)
Box   155  
Paul G. Fleck 1961-1983
Box   155  
J. N. French, (1951-1961)
Box   155  
N. W. Fuhrer 1961
Box   155  
Robert J. Gibb 1976-1982
Box   155  
Harold N. Hammer 1961
Box   155  
Joseph R. Henninger 1961
Box   155  
William A. Hogan 1970
Box   155  
Hubert Hollier 1969-1976
Box   155  
Carl F. Kemp 1976-1978
Box   155  
Nelson A. Kieb 1961-1968
Box   155  
Harry S. King 1974-1976
Box   155  
Walter M. Kuhn 1961
Box   155  
Cass M. Labunski 1961
Box   155  
Earl G. Langford 1969-1979
Box   155  
John LaPorte 1980
Box   155  
Robert E. Linton 1961-1981
Box   155  
Bernard T. Lourim 1961
Box   155  
Maurice Lowell 1961-1988
Box   155  
John A. McSorley 1944
Box   155  
Louis Menk 1969-1987
Box   155  
Gustav Muth 1961-1986
Box   155  
Palanisamy Nachimuthu 1982-1985
Box   155  
Phillip A. Nicholas 1976
Box   155  
Martin Papesh 1978-1983
Box   155  
David W. Perkins Jr. 1985
Box   155  
Seymour Remen 1976-1978
Box   155  
Richard Ro 1977-1978
Box   155  
James Y. Rust 1967-1976
Box   155  
Saul Saulson 1959-1967
Box   155  
Harvey Schneider 1972-1980
Box   155  
Lester J. Sever 1961-1990
Box   155  
Jozef Skorupka 1969-1976
Box   155  
E. Surrell 1961
Box   155  
L. B. Tillson 1961
Box   155  
Virgil C. Wagner 1961-1964
Box   155  
Scott A. Wilson 1983
Box   155  
Robert I. Wine 1969
Box   155  
Roger Y. Yamamoto 1982-1985
Box   155  
Herbert E. Ziel 1961
 
Biographical Material, Officers and Directors
Box   155  
Charles J. Allen 1961-1990
Box   155  
William L. Demiene 1974-1990
Box   155  
Robert L. Eck 1969-1991
Box   155  
C. Dino Gavras 1968-1988
Box   155  
Thomas C. Halliday 1961-1991
Box   155  
Gordon V. R. Holness 1969-1991
Box   155  
Robert J. Mauck 1971-1991
Box   155  
Edgar E. Parks 1962-1993
Box   155  
Henry L. Ritter 1976-1990
Box   155  
Charles T. Robinson 1970-1989
Box   155  
Stephen Q. Whitney 1982-1989
Box   155  
Children's Hospital, Job No. 2151 1961-1986 (2 folders)
 
Elections
Box   155  
Louis Kahn, George Miehls 1943-1959
Box   155  
1970-1974
Box   156  
1970-1974
Box   156  
1975-1990
 
ENR Top 500 Reports
Box   156  
1967-1976
Box   156  
1977-1988
 
Firm Award
Box   156  
1971 (4 folders)
 
Firm Award June 21, 1971
Box   156  
AIA Architectural Firm Award 1971
Box   156  
Acceptance Remarks
Box   156  
Announcements
Box   156  
Announcement Card (Clients)
Box   156  
Articles
Box   156  
Clippings
Box   156  
Correspondence (AIA Board of Directors)
Box   156  
Correspondence (AIA Honor Awards Jury)
Box   156  
Correspondence (AIA Honor Awards, Program Director AIA Assistant PR Director Exec. Dir. Detroit Chapter AIA & MSA)
Box   156  
Correspondence (Arch. Firm Award Congratulatory Correspondence)
Box   156  
Correspondence (Misc.)
Box   156  
Correspondence (Misc. Supporters of AKA Arch. Firm Award Nomination)
Box   156  
Dinner
Box   156  
Exhibit
Box   156  
Lists
Box   156  
Miscellaneous
 
Fisher Building
Box   156  
1929-1977 (2 folders)
Box   156  
1978-1988
Box   156  
Former Associates, A. Zweig, (1956-1989)
 
Former Employees
Box   156  
1964-1977
Box   156  
1964-1984 (1 folder)
Box   157  
1964-1984 (2 folders)
Box   157  
Phillip A. Nicholas 1976-1979
Box   157  
General 1971-1973
Box   13  
General Work Scrapbook 1929-1938
Box   157  
Haro, John 1972-1990
 
Jobs
Box   157  
A-E 1970-1988 (2 folders)
Box   157  
F 1969-1990 (2 folders)
Box   157  
G-M 1971-1987 (2 folders)
Box   157  
N-T 1971-1985
Box   157  
U-Z 1964-1988 (2 folders)
Box   157  
Job List 1949-1951 (2 folders)
 
Kahn Family
Box   157  
Mrs. Albert Kahn 1938-1958
Box   157  
Dr. Edgar Kahn 1985-1988
Box   157  
Felix Kahn 1958
Box   157  
Julius Kahn 1942
Box   157  
Louis Kahn 1943-1982
Box   157  
Lydia Kahn Winston Malbin 1938-1989
Box   157  
Moritz Kahn 1933-1979
Box   157  
1974-1986
Box   157  
Langley Field 1949
Box   12  
Clayton Lewis, "Architecture and Artifacts, The Quarto, No. 35., Ann Arbor: Clements Library, University of Michigan, (Spring-Summer 2011), Pp. 3-5.
Box   12  
Chris Meister, "Albert Kahn's Partners in Industrial Architecture,"Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 72, No. 1, (2013)
Box   12  
Sonia Melnikova-Raich, "The Soviet Problem with Two 'Unknowns': How an American Architect and a Soviet Negotiator Jump-Started the Industrialization of Russia, Part I: Albert Kahn,"The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 36, No. 2, (2013), Pp. 57-80.
Box   12  
Sonia Melnikova-Raich, "The Soviet Problem with Two 'Unknowns': How an American Architect and a Soviet Negotiator Jump-Started the Industrialization of Russia, Part II: Saul Bron," The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Vol. 37, Nos. 1 & 2, (2014), Pp. 5-28.
Box   12  
Sonia Melnikova-Raich, "The Role of an American Architect and Soviet Trade Representative in the Industrialization of the USSR," American Yearbook 2014, Institute of World History, Academy of Sciences of Russian Ferderation, Moscow: Nauka (2015), Pp. 196-213 (in Russian).
 
Mention of Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.
Box   157  
1943-1969
Box   158  
1943-1969
Box   158  
1945-1971 (2 folders)
Box   158  
1970-1978 (3 folders)
Box   158  
1979-1990 (2 folders)
Box   158  
Michigan Manufacturer & Financial Record Publicity, (1943-1978) (2 folders)
 
National Bank of Detroit
Box   158  
1955-1959 (2 folders)
Box   158  
1959-1960 (2 folders)
Box   158  
1960-1968 (2 folders)
 
Necrology
Box   158  
Associates 1944-1988
Box   158  
Founders undated
Box   158  
Non-Associates 1965-1990
Box   158  
2007-2013
Box   158  
Nissan Motor Publicity, Groundbreaking Publicity 1980-1985 (2 folders)
 
Officers and Directors
Box   158  
William L. Demiene 1989-1990
Box   158  
Robert L. Eck 1977-1991
Box   158  
T. C. Halliday 1965-1984
Box   159  
Gordon V. R. Holness 1977-1991
Box   159  
Robert J. Mauck, P. E. 1983-1988
Box   159  
Edgar E. Parks 1971-1991
Box   159  
Samuel D. Popkin 1966-1991
Box   159  
Henry L. Ritter 1987
Box   159  
Charles T. Robinson 1989
Box   159  
Stephen Q. Whitney 1990
Box   159  
Organization Chart 1949-1951 (2 folders)
Box   159  
Personnel 1949-1951 (2 folders)
Box   159  
Report in Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., Architects and Engineers 1949-1951 (2 folders)
Box   8  
Restoration and Re-opening of Hill Auditorium 2002-2005
 
Retirees
Box   159  
Alfred A. Agli 1970-1981
Box   159  
Raymond P. Antioch 1969-1989
Box   159  
Heinz L. Bensel 1973-1985
Box   159  
Gilbert R. Boersma 1969-1986
Box   159  
Lynn L. Bunn Jr. 1983-1985
Box   159  
John K. Burch 1961-1976
Box   159  
Thomas E. Burke 1961-1988
Box   159  
Cadwell/Carlson/Clos 1982-1984
Box   159  
Harold G. Coll 1969-1981
Box   159  
Harold C. Cunningham 1969-1984
Box   159  
Thomas J. De Gregory 1973-1976
Box   159  
Franklin L. Einberger 1961-1969
Box   159  
Hyman Gittleman 1969-1972
Box   159  
Fred B. Guenot 1961-1968
Box   159  
Donald R. Gwin 1956-1974
Box   159  
Donald C. Hardie 1963-1980
Box   159  
John Haro 1961-1990
Box   159  
Ralph Holzhauer 1982-1987
Box   159  
Richard C. Hudson 1961-1976
Box   159  
Stanley W. James 1980
Box   159  
William L. Kahn 1961-1981
Box   159  
Fritz Kramrisch 1949-1980
Box   159  
Robert H. Liles 1972-1983
Box   159  
Patrick J. Lindsay 1974-1986
Box   159  
Robert P. Maggid Admitted 12-20-73 1974-1976
Box   159  
Sheldon Marston 1961-1965
Box   159  
William H. May Admitted 2-12-69 1969-1981
Box   159  
John R. McAdoo 1976-1985
Box   159  
John E. McCaughey 1961-1968
Box   159  
Joseph J. McDonald 1957-1976
Box   159  
Joachim Nachbar 1961-1987
Box   159  
George Ross Olding Admitted 2-12-69 1969-1978
Box   159  
R. M. Van Petten 1961-1963
Box   159  
Jay S. Pettitt Jr. 1961-1981
Box   159  
Samuel D. Popkin 1961-1990
Box   159  
Daniel H. Shahan 1961-1969
Box   159  
Claiborne F. Smith Admitted 2-12-69 1976-1982
Box   159  
Norton J. Taylor 1961-1975
Box   159  
Harry D. Unwin 1961-1970
Box   159  
Michael W. Waskul Admitted 2-12-69 1969-1974
Box   159  
Geoffrey S. Whittaker 1961-1965
Box   159  
Robert A. Zander 1968-1971
Box   159  
Alfred Zweig 1961-1989
 
Russian Work Scrapbooks 1929-1978
Box   13  
Volume I-1929-1932
Box   13  
Volume II-1932-1978
Box   159  
Schematic Water Flow Diagram 1949-1951 (2 folders)
Box   159  
Shahan, Daniel 1953-1987 (2 folders)
Box   159  
Sol King: Mentions of and Quotes 1951-1983 (8 folders)
Box   159  
Technical Articles 1949-1951 (2 folders)
 
Publications 1921-2007 [subseries]

The Publications subseries (2.4 linear feet, 1921-2007) includes promotional literature produced by the firm, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., as well as, among others, three volumes which offer perspective on Kahn's career as well as photographs of the master's most important projects. Albert Kahn, Architect, Architectural Catalog, published in October 1921, is a 90-page book containing full-page photographs of the General Motors Building, Detroit Athletic Club, Hill Auditorium and many other buildings, as well as trade advertisements which document the construction technologies and materials used by Kahn at that time. The editors of Architectural Forum chose to dedicate the entire issue of August 1938 to Albert Kahn's accomplishments, the organization of his firm and photographs of numerous manufacturing plants which had advanced his reputation as America's greatest industrial architect. The Michigan Society of Architects' Weekly Bulletin, Albert Kahn Memorial Issue of March 30, 1943 is an important journal in bringing together many contemporary tributes to Kahn, written by friends and colleagues. The high regard in which he was held at the time of his death, even before historians could offer perspective on his contributions, may be of particular interest to researchers.

Box   9  
Albert Kahn, Architect, Architectural Catalog October 1921

(Includes trade advertisements and photographs of General Motors Building, Kresge Office Building, Detroit Athletic Club, Hill Auditorium, Packard Motor Car Company Main Factory, John S. Newberry Residence and other buildings)

(Cloth-bound, 90-page book, 13-1/2x10-1/4 inches, published by Architectural Catalog Co., New York)
Box   9  
"Albert Kahn Commissions with Pewabic Tile," compiled by Dr. Thomas W. Brunk, unpublished 1/7/2007
Box   9  
Architectural Forum August 1938

(Issue devoted to Albert Kahn. Articles include "Albert Kahn," "Organization of Albert Kahn, Inc." and "Portfolio of Industrial Buildings, Albert Kahn, Inc.," 87-142)

Box   9  
City of Windsor's Heritage Planner. Walkerville, Ontario: A Brief Tour of Walkerville, an Edwardian Company Town, Now Part of Windsor, Ontario . Windsor: Windsor Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee 1997

(includes descriptions of Kahn's buildings in Walkerville)

Box   12  
Detroit Athletic Club . Detroit: Detroit Athletic Club undated
Box   12  
Langley, 1916-1996. Langley AFB, Virginia: Office of History, Air Combat Com 1996
 
Promotional Literature
Box   148  
Recent Industrial Plants -- Brochure 1958
Box   148  
Institutional Buildings -- Brochure 1959
Box   148  
Michigan Society of Architects' 1959
Box   148  
Power Plants -- Brochure 1960
Box   148  
Henry Ford Hospital Parking Structure 1960
Box   148  
Principals and Associates 1961
Box   148  
Electrical Installations -- Brochure 1961
Box   148  
Principals and Associates 1962-1966 (5 folders)
Box   148  
Albert Kahn Associates, Architects and Engineers -- Brochure 1965
Box   148  
Principals and Associates 1967
Box   148  
Industrial Buildings, Reprint 1967
Box   148  
Impact of Human Factors on Industrial Architecture, Reprint 1968
Box   148  
Human Considerations and Priorities -- The Design Challenge of the Highly Automated and Mechanized Industrial Plant 1969
Box   148  
Principals and Associates and Project 75 -- Brochure 1970
Box   148  
Firm Award -- Brochure 1971
Box   148  
Institutional Buildings -- Brochure 1972
Box   148  
Newspaper Plant -- Brochure 1972
Box   148  
Principals and Associates 1974
Box   12  
Scarth, W. M. "Description of Bas Relief in Entablature over the Entrance on the South Elevation of the General Motors Building Annex." Unpublished 1/26/1965
Box   9  
Weekly Bulletin, Michigan Society of Architects, Albert Kahn Memorial Issue March 30, 1943

(Includes 240 pages of tributes, articles and photographs)

Box   148  
Your Company -- Employee Brochure 1976
 
Scholarships and Contributions [subseries]

The Scholarships and Contributions subseries (0.3 linear feet, 1942-1978) consists of materials related to various monetary gifts and scholarships produced by Albert Kahn and his firm, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., and awarded to deserving individuals and organizations at various universities and institutions.

Box   148  
Scholarships -- Albert Kahn, Founder 1942-1957
Box   148  
Scholarships, University of Michigan -- Albert Kahn Associates 1943-1975
Box   148  
Contributions and Gifts 1946-1978
Box   148  
Scholarships, Awards -- Albert Kahn Associates 1959-1976
 
Special Activities and Events [subseries]

The Special Activities and Events subseries (0.8 linear feet, 1947-1979) consists of materials related to Project 75, which was the 75th anniversary of Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., celebrated in 1970. Additional materials include items from other miscellaneous special activities and events in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as materials related to an open house event that was held by the firm in 1977, and black-and-white photographs of the Albert Kahn Bowling League annual banquet in 1947 and 1948.

Box   148  
Special Activities and Events -- Miscellaneous 1961-1979
 
Project 75
Box   148  
Correspondence 1970
Box   148  
Employee Publication 1970
Box   148  
General AKA's 75th Anniversary 1970
Box   148  
IOC to Associates and their Suggestions 1970
Box   148  
News Releases 1970
Box   148  
Press Conference 1970
Box   148  
Television and Radio 1970
Box   148  
Thanksgiving Letter 1976
Box   148  
Open House -- Invitations 1977
Drawer   37 Folder   14
Albert Kahn Bowling League Annual Banquet, Hotel Fort Shelby, Detroit, Michigan 1947-1948 (3 photographs)
Drawer   37 Folder   15
Painting of Living Room, Albert Kahn Architect, W & J Sloane Decorators, Robert Kuhn Esquire, Detroit, Michigan undated (1 drawings)
 
Transcripts of Speeches 1918-1942 [subseries]

The Transcripts of Speeches subseries (0.25 linear feet, 1918-1942) contains Kahn's typed presentations with annotations and corrections by his 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
Box   1  
"Reinforced Concrete" 11/18/1918
Box   1  
"Post-War Reconstruction," Peace and Prosperity Dinner, Detroit Real Estate Board 1/22/1919
Box   1  
"What Will the Detroit of the Future Be Like," Vortex Club at Fellowcraft Club 9/28/1921
Box   1  
"Tribute to George D. Mason," Masonic Temple dedication dinner honoring Mason, given by Michigan Society of Architects, c 1923
Box   1  
"Reinforced Concrete Architecture These Past Twenty Years," 20th Anniversary of the American Concrete Institute 1924
Box   1  
"Industrial and Commercial Buildings: Their Probable Life, Obsolescence and Depreciation" 11/27/1925
Box   1  
"Tribute to George Booth," upon his receiving honorary membership into The American Institute of Architects 1926
Box   1  
"What Are the Characteristics of Good Architecture?," Teachers' Convention 10/28/1927
Box   1  
"The Story of Architecture and Its Present Day Status," Tuesday Musical 11/15/1927
Box   1  
"Architecture and Business," Women's Advertising Club 12/8/1927
Box   1  
"Improvements in American Architecture," Business Women's Club, Hotel Statler 1928
Box   1  
"The Architecture of Garages," Society of Automotive Engineers, Toronto 11/15/1929
 
1930-1935
Box   1  
"Putting Architecture on a Business Basis," Cleveland Engineering Society 12/16/1930
Box   1  
"Architectural Trend," Maryland Academy of Science 4/15/1931
Box   1  
"What Does Archiecture Demand of a Young Man Who Hopes for Success in It?," Interview for "Life Saver" radio program 12/1931
Box   1  
"The Planning of Children's Hospitals," American Hospital Association 9/13/1932
Box   1  
"Problems of Architecture Today," Torch Club 1/16/1933
Box   1  
"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
Box   1  
"Slum Clearance," WWJ radio speech 12/6/1936
Box   1  
"Thirty Minutes with American Architecture and Architects," Adcraft Club 1/22/1937
Box   1  
"Progress in Industrial Building Design" 2/22/1938
Box   1  
"Industrial Architecture," Torch Club Building Industry Luncheon and Builders and Trades Exchange 12/21/1938
Box   1  
"The Modern Administration Building," National Office Management Association 3/14/1939
Box   1  
"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
Box   1  
"Architecture in the National Defense Program," Society of Automotive Engineers, Detroit 4/28/1941
Box   1  
"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
Box   1  
"F.O.B. Detroit," WJR radio speech 7/18/1942
Box   1  
"Challenges for the Industrial Architect" undated
 
"Problems in City Development," Wednesday Night Club undated