Arthur Kahn Papers, 1920-2009

Summary Information

Title: Arthur Kahn Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1920-2009

  • Kahn, Arthur David, 1920-
Call Number: Mss 1067; PH 6622

Quantity: 5.6 cubic feet (14 archives boxes) and 204 photographs (2 archives boxes)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers, 1920-2009, of Arthur David Kahn, communist author and politician, journalist, classics scholar and professor, and gay rights activist. As a World War II officer for the Office of Strategic Services and a chief editor and reporter for United States occupation journals, Kahn observed political developments of post-Nazi Germany and upon return to the United States he expounded a pro-communist and anti-imperial political philosophy with speaking tours, articles, pamphlets, and books, resulting in his eventual blacklisting. The papers largely consist of journal manuscripts encompassing his lifetime of occupations and interests, most notably his classics scholarship, and correspondence, particularly with potential publishers. Notable correspondents include blacklisted publishers and friends Albert Kahn (no relation), Angus Cameron, and Hungarian Marxist philosopher Georg Lukacs. Clippings or photocopies of articles by or about him, extensive travel diaries, particularly the eastern Mediterranean, and personal correspondence make up much of the rest. The Freedom of Information Act files highlight government monitoring of his activities from 1947 into 1967.

Language: English

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