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

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2.2: Chronological Correspondence, circa 1917-1959

Found in this subseries are letters to and from Kihn that document his career as an artist, illustrator, teacher, and writer. Scattered through out are personal correspondence, including letters addressed to his wife Helen from their mutual friends. There is also a cache of third party correspondence addressed to Marius Barbeau, a Canadian ethnologist who was a colleague and friend of Kihn's.
The earliest correspondence includes letters from his parents, particularly his father Alfred Kihn, who also trained as an artist and founded a steel engraving firm with his brother that specialized in bank note engraving. Kihn senior not only wrote proffering career advice, but also corresponded with his son's business and personal associates while Langdon Kihn was on extended trips. There are also letters from W. Langdon Kihn to his parents describing his trips, including his impressions of San Francisco, Glacier Park, experiences painting Indian portraits, as well as his 1929-1932 sojourn painting in Paris and Spain. These early letters also record exhibitions, primarily a traveling exhibition of his portraits of members of the Blackfeet Indian tribe, which was organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art and traveled to over 40 institutions in the United States.
Letters to and from authors, publishers, advertisers, and collectors comprise a large amount of correspondence from late 1920s to the mid 1930s, which document his efforts at securing commissions for commercial work. During this time he also began to submit articles about his work and travels. Correspondents include the author Constance Lindsay Skinner; publishers Macmillan and Company; Little, Brown, and Company; Harcourt Brace and Company; and magazines including,
Fortune
and
Story Parade
.
The bulk of the chronological correspondence records his association with the
National Geographic
magazine, spanning from 1935-1955. The National Geographic Society commissioned Kihn to paint historical and contemporary scenes of the lives of over 35 tribal nations from the continental United States, Alaska, and the Northwest Territories. Engraved illustrations of his paintings were published in the magazine's ongoing series on American Indians between 1937 and 1949. Most of the related correspondence was between Kihn, Franklin L. Fisher, Chief of National Geographic's Illustrated Division and Matthew W. Striling, Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution, who also played an important role in this project.
Letters have been arranged in folders in chronological order. However, there are examples of early correspondence in which the original letter and the later response letter have been glued together. No attempt has been made to separate them and in some cases they may disrupt the chronological arrangement.
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Correspondence, 1904-1916
1
39
Correspondence, 1917-1919
1
40
Correspondence, 1920 January-August
1
41
Correspondence, 1920 September-December
1
42
Correspondence, 1921 January-May
1
43
Correspondence, 1921 June-December
1
44
Correspondence, 1922 January-April
1
45
Correspondence, 1922 May
1
46
Correspondence, 1922 June
1
47
Correspondence, 1922 July
1
48
Correspondence, 1922 August
1
49
Correspondence, 1922 September
1
50
Correspondence, 1922 October
1
51
Correspondence, 1922 November-December
1
52
Correspondence, 1923 January-February
1
53
Correspondence, 1923 March-April
2
1
Correspondence, 1923 May-June
2
2
Correspondence, 1923 July-September
2
3
Correspondence, 1923 October-November
2
4
Correspondence, 1923 December
2
5
Correspondence, 1924 January-February
2
6
Correspondence, 1924 March-May
2
7
Correspondence, 1924 June
2
8
Correspondence, 1924 July-August
2
9
Correspondence, 1924 September-October
2
10
Correspondence, 1924 November-December
2
11
Correspondence, 1925 January-February
2
12
Correspondence, 1925 March-May
2
13
Correspondence, 1925 June-December
2
14
Correspondence, 1926 January-April
2
15
Correspondence, 1926 May-June
2
16
Correspondence, 1926 July-August
2
17
Correspondence, 1926 September-October
2
18
Correspondence, 1926 November-December
2
19
Correspondence, 1927 January-April
2
20
Correspondence, 1927 May-December
2
21
Correspondence, 1928 January-March
2
22
Correspondence, 1928 April-December
2
23
Correspondence, 1929 January-May
2
24
Correspondence, 1929 June-December
2
25
Correspondence, 1930 January-February
2
26
Correspondence, 1930 March-April
2
27
Correspondence, 1930 May-August
2
28
Correspondence, 1930 September-December
2
29
Correspondence, 1931 January-July
2
30
Correspondence, 1931 August-December
2
31
Correspondence, 1932 January-June
2
32
Correspondence, 1932 July-December
2
33
Correspondence, 1933 January-June
2
34
Correspondence, 1933 July-December
3
1
Correspondence, 1934 January-August
3
2
Correspondence, 1934 September-December
3
3
Correspondence, 1935 January-April
3
4
Correspondence, 1935 May-September
3
5
Correspondence, 1935 October-December
3
6
Correspondence, 1936 January-February
3
7
Correspondence, 1936 March-July
3
8
Correspondence, 1936 August-December
3
9
Correspondence, circa 1937
3
10
Correspondence, 1937 January-May
3
11
Correspondence, 1937 June-July
3
12
Correspondence, 1937 August-December
3
13
Correspondence, 1938 January-June
3
14
Correspondence, 1938 July-December
3
15
Correspondence, 1939 January-March
3
16
Correspondence, 1939 April-May
3
17
Correspondence, 1939 June-August
3
18
Correspondence, 1939 September-December
3
19
Correspondence, circa 1940 January-April
3
20
Correspondence, 1940 May-December
3
21
Correspondence, circa 1941 January-June
3
22
Correspondence, 1941 July-December
3
23
Correspondence, 1942 January-March
3
24
Correspondence, 1942 April-May
3
25
Correspondence, 1942 June-July
3
26
Correspondence, 1942 August-December
3
27
Correspondence, 1943 January-March
3
28
Correspondence, 1943 April-June
3
29
Correspondence, 1943 July-December
3
30
Correspondence, circa 1944 January-March
3
31
Correspondence, 1944 April-July
3
32
Correspondence, 1944 August-December
3
33
Correspondence, 1944 November-December
4
1
Correspondence, 1945 January
4
2
Correspondence, 1945 February-March
4
3
Correspondence, 1945 April-June
4
4
Correspondence, 1945 July-October
4
5
Correspondence, 1945 November-December
4
6
Correspondence, 1946 January-May
4
7
Correspondence, 1946 June-September
4
8
Correspondence, 1946 October-December
4
9
Correspondence, circa 1947 January-March
4
10
Correspondence, 1947 April-June
4
11
Correspondence, 1947 July-October
4
12
Correspondence, 1947 November-December
4
13
Correspondence, circa 1948 January-February
4
14
Correspondence, 1948 March-April
4
15
Correspondence, 1948 May-August
4
16
Correspondence, 1948 September-December
4
17
Correspondence, 1949 January-April
4
18
Correspondence, 1949 May
4
19
Correspondence, 1949 June-July
4
20
Correspondence, 1949 August-September
4
21
Correspondence, 1949 October
4
22
Correspondence, 1949 November-December
4
23
Correspondence, 1950 January
4
24
Correspondence, 1950 February
4
25
Correspondence, 1950 March
4
26
Correspondence, 1950 April
4
27
Correspondence, 1950 May
4
28
Correspondence, 1950 June-July
4
29
Correspondence, 1950 August
4
30
Correspondence, 1950 September-October
4
31
Correspondence, 1950 November
4
32
Correspondence, 1950 December
4
33
Correspondence, 1951 January-February
4
34
Correspondence, 1951 March-April
4
35
Correspondence, 1951 May-June
4
36
Correspondence, 1951 July-August
4
37
Correspondence, 1951 September-October
4
38
Correspondence, 1951 November-December
4
39
Correspondence, 1952 January-May
4
40
Correspondence, 1952 June-December
4
41
Correspondence, 1953 January-February
5
1
Correspondence, 1953 March-December
5
2
Correspondence, 1954 January-June
5
3
Correspondence, 1954 July-December
5
4
Correspondence, 1955
5
5
Correspondence, 1956-1959
5
6

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