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W. Langdon Kihn papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1904-1957

Kihn, W. (Wilfred) Langdon, 1898-1957

Portrait painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 8.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document illustrator and painter W. Langdon Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests and work in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical materials, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs. Biographical materials include address books, membership cards, exhibition and price lists, legal and travel documents, as well as biographical notes. Additional biographical sketches are found in the Writings and Notes series.

Biographical/Historical Note

W. Langdon Kihn (1898-1957) was a painter and illustrator from Hadlyme, Conn. Full name Wilfred Langdon Kihn (sometimes cited as William Langdon Kihn). Specialized in pictorial representations of the lives, history, and customs of American Indians. Married to Helen Butler.


Donated 1959 by Helen Kihn, widow of W. Langdon Kihn. Pages 1-8 of Kihn's memoirs and the transcript of the complete memoirs was donated in 1994 by Phyllis Kihn, daughter of W. Langdon Kihn.