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Albert Kahn Research Coalition Portal: Detroit Institute of Arts

Overview of resources about Albert Kahn

Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library & Archives

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), founded in 1885, is one of the United States' preeminent art museums and includes an extensive research library and archives. Along with biographical files and secondary source literature on Albert Kahn, the library was also the recipient of 312 books from his personal library in 1951 which were cataloged and integrated into the library's main holdings. More information on the acquisition can be found in the 1950-1951 Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts.1

In addition, the DIA has primary source holdings contained in the papers of former directors Clyde Burroughs and Wilhelm Valentiner whom Kahn corresponded with during his extensive tenure as a member of the Detroit Arts Commission from 1903 until his death in 1942.  The DIA also holds Kahn architectural drawings in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Departments.  Please contact the Research Library for inquiries. 

1. Custer, Arline. "The Albert Kahn Architectural Library." Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 30, no. 1 (1950-1951): 25-27.

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