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Louis Isadore Kahn collection

Call Number: MS 1345

Scope and Contents

This material was collected by the Librarian of the British Art Center at Yale University in the years following the Center's construction. It was transferred to Manuscripts and Archives in 1978 along with 930 prints of architectural drawings of the British Art Center and several original Kahn sketches which were put into the Architectural Archives Collection (YRG 46A).

This unprocessed material is made up largely of publications on or by Louis Kahn covering a span from 1962-1975. The books and articles discuss Kahn's life, art, buildings, and his architecture and design theories.

In addition there is some miscellaneous correspondence and photographs of the Exeter Library, Louis Kahn, British Art Center construction, models, and interiors and a substantial number of photographs of architectural drawings, many of which were used in the production of Jules Prown's book The Architecture of the Yale Center for British Art (1977). The copyright to these photographs is unclear.


  • 1951-1978
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1977


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Yale Center for British Art, 1978, 1997; transferred from the Art and Architecture Library, 1999. Gift of Dale Gibbs, 2004. Gift of Nurur Rahman Kahn, 2005.


8.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection consists of publications on or by Louis Kahn and photographs of structures designed by Kahn.

Biographical / Historical

Architect; b. Island of Osel, Russia, brought to U.S., 1905, naturalized, 1915; B. Arch., U. Pa., 1924; private practice architecture, 1953-1974; prof. architecture, U. Pa., 1957-1974, named to Paul Philippe Cret chair in architecture, 1966-1971, emeritus, 1971-1974; prof. architecture, Yale, 1952-1957; among his principal works are the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.

Guide to the Louis Isadore Kahn Collection
Under Revision
preliminary inventory prepared by Tawny Ryan Nelb
August 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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