Scope and Contents
The Joan Kahn Papers document her work as a suspense book editor in New York City and largely consist of correspondence and dust jackets spanning from 1945 to 1989. Also included are Kahn's personal papers dating from 1964 and 1975.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Joan Kahn Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Olivia Kahn, 1995-1996.
The Joan Kahn Papers are organized into the following three series: Correspondence, Other Papers, and Dust Jackets.
2.92 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Joan Kahn Papers document her work as a suspense book editor in New York City and largely consist of correspondence and dust jackets spanning from 1945 to 1989. Correspondence includes letters from: Jacques Barzun, Maurice Procter, and Julian Symons. Also included are other papers (such as notes for a business trip) dating from 1964 and 1975.
Joan Kahn (1914-1994)
Joan Kahn was an editor of suspense novels and worked at firms including Harper and Row, Ticknor and Fields, Dutton, and St. Martin's Press during a career that spanned over forty years. Kahn also wrote two novels (To Meet Miss Long and Open House) and four children's books as well as edited eleven mystery anthologies.
Born in New York City, Kahn attended the Horace Mann School and pursued post-secondary education at the Yale School of Art, Barnard College and the Art Students' League. In 1946 Kahn began her career at Harper Brothers where she initially edited books about history, art, theater, and travel before starting the Harper Novels of Suspense Department. In the 1960s Kahn had her own imprint ("Joan Kahn Books") and the Mystery Writers of America awarded her the Ellery Queen Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award in recognition of her distinguished career in publishing. Kahn died in New York City at the age of eighty in 1994.
- Guide to the Joan Kahn Papers
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- by H. Dean
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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