Peter Kahn Papers

Collection Number: 14-28-2920

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Peter Kahn papers.
Collection Number:
14-28-2920
Creator:
Peter Kahn
Quantity:
3.5 cubic ft.; 82 items.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, artwork, lecture notes, photographs, subject files, videotape, audiocassette, broadsides
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence, artwork, lecture notes, photographs, subject files, and other papers; includes broadsides for events at Cornell and in the Ithaca community; includes videotape and audiocassette of Memorial/Testimonial service, and other printed items including Kahn's artwork.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Professor of Art, Cornell University

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence, artwork, lecture notes, photographs, subject files, and other papers; includes broadsides for events at Cornell and in the Ithaca community; includes videotape and audiocassette of Memorial/Testimonial service, and other printed items including Kahn's artwork.
Also, "The Unfinished Autobiography of H. Peter Kahn," compiled by Ruth Gannett Kahn and edited by Charlotte Kahn; and spiral bound copies of newspaper articles about Kahn. Typescript on "Religion, Nature and Art," and typescript manuscript of speech, "Technology and Virtue: Joe Blumenthal and the Spiral Press."
Gifts presented to Cornell Library by Peter Kahn on March 20, 1991. Includes medieval manuscripts, caricatures by G. M. Woodward, engravings and other printed teaching samples.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Kahn, Peter.
Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), 1760-1809

Subjects:
Artists, American
Typography

Form and Genre Terms:
Broadsides.
Photographs.
Engraving
Manuscripts, Medieval


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Contents of Box 7 are restricted to permission of the University Archivist.
Donor retains copyright.
Cite As:
Peter Kahn papers. #14-28-2920. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I: Oversize
Box 1
Series II: Personal
Boxes 2, 3-8
Series III: Correspondence
Box 2
Series IV: Subject Files
Box 2-4
Series V: Course Notebooks, Examples of Work
Box 5
Series VI: Letters, Lines, and Pages
Box 6
Series VII: Letters of reference, Cornell correspondence re: tenure, promotion
Box 7 RESTRICTED
Series VIII: Media
Series IX: Peter Kahn gift to Library
Box 1

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Loose
Various posters, broadsides and prints designed by Peter Kahn
Box 2 Folder 1
Transcript
1951
Transcript from New York University, curriculum vita
Box 8 Folder 1
Biography
Excerpts from Peter's Letters to Family, 1952-1976
Box 8 Folder 2
Notes
Articles and notes
Box 8 Folder 3-4
Poems
Books of poetry, mostly by students and former students
Box 8 Folder 5
Lauren Hefferon Book
"Cycle Food", by a former student
Box 8 Folder 6
A Modest Proposal
Copy of Johnathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"
Box 8 Folder 7
Books of Poetry
More poetry from former students
Box 8 Folder 8
The Unfinished Autobiography of H. Peter Khan
Articles on Peter Khan and his unfinished autobiography
Box 2 Folder 2
Correspondence
1948-1963
Appointment, publication of articles, sales of artworks, exhibition and lecture arrangements, notes from friends and students, job offers, Bruce Sanderson Award at Williams College
Box 2 Folder 3
Correspondence
1964-1967
Exhibitions, notes from friends and students, illustrations, academic matters, proposals, seminars, course outlines
Box 2 Folder 4
Correspondence
1968-1969
Notes from friends and students, living arrangements, job offers, war concerns, appointment forms
Box 2 Folder 5
Correspondence
1968-1969
[Not dated - from folder labelled '68-'69] notices of exhibitions, artworks, notes from friends and students, notes re books
Box 2 Folder 6
Correspondence
1970
Exhibitions, notes from friends and students, academic matters, job offers, lectures, calligraphy work
Box 2 Folder 7
Correspondence
1971
Notes from friends and students, lectures, appointment letter, job offers, academic matters, books
Box 2 Folder 8
Correspondence
1972
Lectures, notes from friends and students, congratulations on appointment as professor, books, academic matters
Box 2 Folder 9
Correspondence
1973
Academic matters, job offers, notes from friends and students, artwork sales, lecture
Box 2 Folder 10
Correspondence
1974
Notes from friends, academic matters, clippings, job offers, receipt, proposal, clipping
Box 2 Folder 11
Correspondence
1975
Academic matters, job offers, calligraphy, notes from friends and students, publications, youth activities
Box 2 Folder 12
Correspondence
1976
Discrimination article and note; letters of referral while P.K. is on leave; job references; notes from friends, students; academic matters; letters of thanks; copies of correspondence re: Messenger Lecture series; letters re: artworks
Box 2 Folder 13
Correspondence
1977
Notes from friends and students; letters of reference; letters re: artworks; Cornell academic matters; invitations to exhibitions
Box 2 Folder 14
Correspondence
1978
Notes from friends and students; academic matters; letter of dissatisfaction; invitations to lecture; requests for artworks; letters of reference
Box 2 Folder 15
Correspondence
1980
Publisher note re: book review; requests for letters of reference; letters of reference; academic matters; invitations to exhibit; notes from friends and students
Box 2 Folder 16
Correspondence
1980
Background letter; academic matters; notes from friends and students; exhibition invitation; sales of artworks; award letter
Box 2 Folder 17
Correspondence
1981
Academic matters; notes from friends and students; letters of reference; letters re: artworks
Box 2 Folder 18
Correspondence
1982
Letters of reference; notes from friends and students; academic matters; funeral bulletin
Box 2 Folder 19
Correspondence
1983
Academic matters; request for reference; notes from friends and students; letters re: artworks; letters of reference; retirement announcement and comments; letters re: exhibitions
Box 2 Folder 20
Correspondence
1984
Letters from friends and students; requests for letters of reference; letters of reference; academic matters; exhibitions; clipping
Box 2 Folder 21
Correspondence
1985
Letters from friends and students; exhibitions; publishers; letters of reference; academic matters; requests for letters of reference
Box 2 Folder 22
Correspondence
1986
Letters re: artwork; letters from friends; letters of reference; academic matters
Box 2 Folder 23
Correspondence
1987
Letters from friends and students; letters re: artwork, exhibitions, publications; Joni Parrish re: "Focus on Art"; clippings; Brady Foundation; Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred floor plan; poetry
Box 2 Folder 24
Correspondence
1988
Letters from friends and students; letters of thanks, exhibition correspondence; clippings; calligraphy; sale of arworks; requests for letter of reference; letter to Governor Cuomo re: Ithaca's west end
Box 2 Folder 25
Correspondence
1989
Course plan; letter from NYS Transportation Department; letters from friends and students; exhibitions; sales of artworks; thanks; galleries; Trumansburg matters
Box 2 Folder 26
Correspondence
1990
Letters from friends and students; education; exhibitions; clippings; book review; draft of thank you
Box 2 Folder 27
Correspondence
1991
Letters of thank you; letters from friends and students; book review and correspondence; letter reacting to Historic Ithaca article; request to speak; letter of support for proposal; lesson plan; vita of Cornell colleague
Box 2 Folder 28
Correspondence
1992
Letters from friends and students; resignation from Trumansburg Fire Department; letter of recommendation (draft); gallery re: exhibition
Box 2 Folder 29
Correspondence
1993
Letters from friends and students; clippings; exhibitions; thank you letters; model list; artworks; Cornell University events list; wedding announcements
Box 2 Folder 30
Correspondence
1994
Letters from friends and students; thank you; receipt from gallery
Box 2 Folder 31
Correspondence
1995
Letter in support of public broadcasting; thank you from Warren Benson; letters from friends and students; thank you letters
Box 2 Folder 32
Correspondence
1996
Letter to "Change N.Y."; letter from Arnold Singer; note from Alice Irwin
Box 2 Folder 33
Correspondence
1997
Thank you from City Club of Ithaca
Box 2 Folder 34
Correspondence
n.d.
Notes from friends and students
Box 2 Folder 35
Cornell correspondence
1960-1965
Memos, proposal, lesson plan
Box 2 Folder 36
Cornell correspondence
1972-1973
Letters of recruitment, memos, thank you notes, clipping, receipt, correspondence with Felix Reichmann concerning a printing machine
Box 2 Folder 37
Cornell correspondence
1974
Thank you notes, memos, letters of reference, campus events, resignation from committee, agreement to serve on a committee, support for lecture, financial aid information
Box 2 Folder 38
Cornell correspondence
1975
Memos, thank you letters, financial aid inquiry, Cornell Cinema, Empire State Youth Theatre Institute
Box 2 Folder 39
Cornell correspondence
1976
Memos, lecturer recruitment, Alumni News, thank you note, comments on Senate
Box 2 Folder 40
Cornell correspondence
1977
Syllabus, memos, thank you note, letters re: Campus Store
Box 2 Folder 41
Cornell correspondence
1978
Memos, thank you notes
Box 2 Folder 42
Cornell correspondence
1979
Memos, thank you notes
Box 2 Folder 43
Cornell correspondence
1980
Thank you notes, book reviews, "Future of the Department"
Box 2 Folder 44
Cornell correspondence
1981
Memos, Performing Arts Center, thank you note, student funding
Box 2 Folder 45
Cornell correspondence
1982
Book review, CAU, memos, memorial service bulletin for George Winter, library book reserve list
Box 2 Folder 46
Cornell correspondence
1983
Book review, CAU memo of resignation, memos, retirement letter, payment for artwork, notes of thanks, letter from friend
Box 2 Folder 47
Cornell correspondence
1984
Permission memo and form, memo re: Zeus, letter of appointment to Professor Emeritus, thank you notes, Alumni News
Box 2 Folder 48
Cornell correspondence
1986
"Noye's Fludde" program, memo re: continuing on Admissions Committee, thank you note
Box 2 Folder 49
Cornell correspondence
1987
List of gift books, memos of thanks, memos, copy of article, "Art on Campus at Cornell University," note re: Felix Reichmann memorial statement, memorial service bulletin for Felix Reichmann
Box 2 Folder 50
Cornell correspondence
1988
Note and proposal, memos re: Felix Reichmann memorial statement and copy of draft, memorial service bulletin for J. Saunders Redding, memos re: James Hutton book
Box 2 Folder 51
Cornell correspondence
1990
Memos re: James Hutton book, memorial service bulletin for Eric Blackall, notes of thanks, campus mailing, lesson plans, CAU evaluations
Box 2 Folder 52
Cornell correspondence
1991-1992
University Lectures Committee memo, thank you notes, gift book list, memos
Box 2 Folder 53
Cornell correspondence
1994
Notes of thanks, news release from Johnson Museum, Vicious Circle, letter re: type, presses, etc. in Risley Print Shop, correspondence re: Gannett book donation
Box 2 Folder 71
A Little Writing Book, Peter Kahn
1979
Box 2 Folder 72
A Song To David, Christopher Smart
1982
Facsimile, cover by Peter Kahn
Box 2 Folder 54
Advanced Placement
1970
Correspondence, course outlines, conference materials
Box 2 Folder 55
Advanced Placement
1971
Correspondence, course outlines, conference materials
Box 2 Folder 56-57
Advanced Placement
1972
Correspondence, course outlines, conference materials
Box 2 Folder 58-59
Art and Math
1988
Proposed course outline, bibliographies, course outline
Box 2 Folder 60
Art Education
1964-1973
Memos, committee lists, articles
Box 2 Folder 61
Articles
1968-1984
Articles about H. Peter Kahn
Box 2 Folder 62
Bibliography (and other imponderables)
1964, n.d.
Notes, drafts
Box 2 Folder 63
Book and Bowl
1990-1994
Memos
Box 1 Folder 4
Book covers
Undated
Box 2 Folder 73
Cards and pamphlets designed by Peter Kahn
Box 2 Folder 64
CAU
1978-1989
Course outline, memos
Box 2 Folder 65
CAU Drawings
1991-1994
Course lists, memos
Box 2 Folder 66
Centaur Press
1966-1977
Memos
Box 2 Folder 67
Chautauqua
1980-1984
Memos, course catalogs
Box 2 Folder 68
Colleagues, Friends, CommitteeWork
1954-1974
Memos, catalogs
Box 2 Folder 74
Cornell Libraries art
Undated
Box 2 Folder 69
David Starr Jordan Prize
1978-1990
Clippings, articles, catalogs
Box 2 Folder 69
E. B. White
Undated
Box 2 Folder 70
Educational Services
1964-1991
Memos
Box 3 Folder 1-3
Good Paper
Samples of paper
Box 3 Folder 4
Granville
1972
Memos
Box 3 Folder 5
Hamburg and Other Matters
1989-1991
Reports, memos, catalogs
Box 3 Folder 6
Hamburg (Budges and Cornell Abroad)
1989-1993
Correspondence, paper, writings in German, reports, drafts, clippings
Box 3 Folder 7
Hamburg II
1986-1991
Correspondence, reports, drafts
Box 3 Folder 8
Historic Ithaca
1975-1979
Documentation, by-laws, proposals, petition
Box 3 Folder 9
Historic Ithaca
1981
Drawing, front cover and contents of "H. I." binder, minutes of meetings, reports, newsletters
Box 3 Folder 10
Historic Ithaca
1982-1983
Mission statement, minutes of meetings, form letters, newsletters
Box 3 Folder 11
Historic Ithaca
1984
Minutes of meetings, newsletters, report, form letter, draft
Box 3 Folder 12
Historic Ithaca
1985
"Steering Nonprofits," drafts
Box 3 Folder 13
Introductory (#2 Introduction)
n.d.
Drafts and notes for book
Box 3 Folder 14
Lectures, Course Outlines
1961-1990
Course outlines, lesson plans, drafts, resources
Box 3 Folder 15
Lectures, Outlines: CAU
1970-1993
Correspondence, CAU announcements, draft, mailing
Box 3 Folder 16
Leonardo
1980-1981
Correspondence, drafts, one reprint
Box 3 Folder 17
Matters Graphic
1958-1966
Catalogs, reprints and booklets re: types, papers, ink, pens, bookbinding, art and drafting supplies (many undated)
Box 3 Folder 18
News Clips (NY, LSU, Hampton)
1946-1968
Newspaper and magazine clippings
Box 3 Folder 19-20
Peter Kahn et al, Photographs
n.d.
People, events, artworks (prints [some matted] and negatives)
Box 3 Folder 21
PK Publicity Newspapers (CU + Victoria, BC)
1959-1994
Clippings, magazine articles
Box 3 Folder 22
Photo Publicity
n.d.
Prints and negatives of artworks
Box 3 Folder 23
Preservation
1982-1983
Clippings and reports (Historic Ithaca)
Box 3 Folder 24
Presses, Correspondence (Graphics-Materials-Ideas)
1960-1966
Catalogs, proposal, memo
Box 3 Folder 25
Presses, etc.
1969-1988
Letters, list, catalog and updates
Box 3 Folder 26
Rose Goldsen Committee
1992-1994
Proposals and cover letters
Box 3 Folder 27
Summer Ithaca
1961-1976
Booklets
Box 3 Folder 28
Theatre Book
1988-1989
Correspondence, copies, drafts, agreement
Box 3 Folder 29
Tompkins County Arts Council
1981-1985
Form letters, minutes of meetings
Box 3 Folder 30
Type Classification
n.d.
Notes
Box 3 Folder 31
Typology
1965-1988
Catalogs, copies,
Box 3 Folder 32
University Affairs Victoria
1969-1971
Correspondence, clippings
Box 3 Folder 33
Wells College mostly Hammer Press
1994
Correspondence, reports, catalogs, drafts
Box 3 Folder 34
"Decorated folders"
n.d.
4 manila folders with sketches or calligraphy on them
Box 4 Folder 1
Publications
1946-1965
Exhibitions, resource materials, small books
Box 4 Folder 2
Publications
1967-1978
Exhibitions, post cards, small books
Box 4 Folder 3
Publications
1982-1989
Exhibitions, resource materials, small books
Box 4 Folder 4
Publications
1991-1993
Exhibitions, small books, postcards
Box 4 Folder 5
Publications
n.d.
Exhibitions, postcards, stationery, catalog
Box 4 Folder 6
Publications (magazines and journals)
1970-1976
Karate, Linguistic Inquiry, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin
Box 4 Folder 7
Reprints by others
1956-1980
Biasin-Gesca
Box 4 Folder 8
Reprints by others
1967-1985
Harrington-Koselleck
Box 4 Folder 9
Reprints by others
1963-1982
Lucas-Whyte
Box 1 Folder 3
Sketchbook
1968
Outlines/drawing courses/graphic communication
Box 5 Folder 1
Notebook
1966
Course for 6 yr Ph.D. the Sources of Modernism
Box 5 Folder 2
Notebook
1977
Weimar course
Box 5 Folder 3
Notebook
n.d.
Theatre course
Box 5 Folder 4
Notebook/Sketchbook
n.d.
Pictorial Means Modernist Lessons
Box 5 Folder 5
Wooden Press
1973
Sketches and notes
Box 5
Examples of Work
1967-1998
Posters, concert programs
Box 1 Folder 1
Proofs
ca.1982
Box 1 Folder 2
Proofs
ca.1982
Box 6 Folder 1
Printed copy
ca.1982
Final unsewn copy and bound copy (typing paper box)
Box 6 Folder 2
Printed copies
ca.1982
2 copies, unsewn (practice?)
Box 6 Folder 3
Illustrations and examples
ca.1982
Photocopies
Box 6 Folder 4
Chapter on tools
ca.1982
Printed samples, notes, typed mss., photocopies
Box 6 Folder 5
Book II
ca.1982
Section on constructed letters and types, notes
Box 6 Folder 6
Roman letters: square, rustic, uncial
ca.1982
Notes
Box 6 Folder 7
Medieval Hands
ca.1982
Notes, illustrations
Box 6 Folder 8
Italic Folio (Renaissance hands)
ca.1982
Notes,
Box 6 Folder 9
III Composing the Page
ca.1982
Notes
Box 6 Folder 10
Letter geneology [sic]
ca.1982
Notes and examples
Box 6 Folder 11
Carolingian Foundation Folio
ca.1982
Notes and examples
Box 6 Folder 12
Front Matter
ca.1982
Original copy Letters Lines Pages
Box 6 Folder 13
Front Matter
ca.1982
Correspondence about book, publisher's letters, grant support, etc.
Box 6 Folder 14
Front Matter
ca.1982
Drafts, typed text, notes, examples
Box 7 Folder 1
Correspondence
1958-1970
Box 7 Folder 2
Correspondence
1971-1974
Box 7 Folder 3
Correspondence
1975-1979
Box 7 Folder 4
Correspondence
1980-1983
Box 7 Folder 5
Correspondence
1984-1986
Box 7 Folder 6
Correspondence
1987-1990
Box 7 Folder 7
Correspondence
1991-1996
Box 7 Folder 8
Correspondence
n.d.
VHS V-373
Kahn, H Peter: Video of Memorial, Anabel Taylor, CU
Feb 22, 1997
Box 1 Folder 5
"The Windmill", by David Cox, engraved by E. P. Brainard
1886
Mezzotint
Box 1 Folder 5
"L'incendie", A. Legros
Undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Pages 55-56 (Genesis 26-27) from Bruce Rogers (?) Bible
Box 1 Folder 5
Folio li of a 15th century printed book including the lives of John the Evangelist and Thomas the Apostle
Undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Folio cccxxxi from the Cologne Chronicle, included with facsimile pages and introductory text
Undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Engraved plate from octavo book (?) incorporating words "Soyez parfait comme votre Pere celeste est parfait" and numbered III. Page 143
ca. 1800
Box 1 Folder 5
Color lithograph of Æchmea fulgens
Undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Leaf from Le Charivari with lighograph (numbered 118) by Daumier
Undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Print of caricature by G. M. Woodward title "The Glorious Revolution of the World"
Undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Print of caricature by G. M. Woodward title "Drops of Comfort and Draughts of Delight"
Undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Cover of The Colophon with pictorial design by R. Kent
Box 1 Folder 6
Folio ccv from the Nuremberg Chronicle
Undated
Box 1 Folder 6
Printed leaf from folio book with text beginning "Fredegonde et Brunehaut" and lithograph by Rouault
Undated
Box 1 Folder 6
Chromolithograph of orchid Phalaenopsis casta
Undated