Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence, 1908-1934

294 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of Kahn's major correspondence with his friends, family, colleagues, and business associates, and concerns his main interests. The folders are arranged in alphabetical order by name of person, organization, or topic. Some of the folders also contain business documents, photographs, and press clippings. Included among the correspondents are such significant political figures as Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill, and the well-known composers and performers Cleofonte Campanini, Enrico Caruso, George Gershwin, Alma Gluck, Lee Shubert, Jacob J. Shubert, and Arturo Toscanini. There is a broad range of files pertaining to the arts, political organizations, and businesses, such as the Metropolitan Opera House, other major opera companies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and railroad organizations. In addition, there is great amount of family correspondence and real estate files dealing with Kahn=s estates. See also VI. General Correspondence for additional, miscellaneous letters. "See X" and "see also X" references are given to provide additional links to related correspondence. If the reference (i.e, the "X folder") is not found in Series I, the user should try Series VI.

General finance and railroads folders, such as "K Finance" and "L Railroads", are filed in the alphabet as if their headings contained no spaces (i.e., "K Finance", "L Railroads" are filed as if they were "KFinance" and "LRailroads"). The same is true with such personal names as "de Mille."


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sharon Strulowitz in 2002. Finding aid written by Sharon Strulowitz in 2002.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Correspondence; Otto H. Kahn Papers, TC032, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Some correspondence in the collection was published in Otto the Magnificent: The Life of Otto Kahn, edited by John Kobler (New York: Scribner's Sons, 1988).

Metropolitan opera New York, N.Y.
Kahn, Otto H., 1867-1934