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Alfred J. Kahn Papers, 1919-2009

Series I: Personal, 1919-2009

This series contains mixed materials relating to the family life, education, and military service of Alfred J. Kahn. The subjects covered include awards and honors, including honorary degrees. There are also personal records from Kahn's college and graduate career, including early statements of his interest in social work and documentation of his participation in the Avukah Zionist student organization. There are also materials pertaining to Kahn's family life, several photographs, and transcripts of eulogies from Kahn's memorial services in 2009.

The series also documents Kahn's military service at the Air Force Drew Field Mental Health Unit during World War II. The Drew MHU, in Florida, was the first of its kind, and the material included from this period of Kahn's life provides insight into the early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness among soldiers. Kahn began research at Drew that contributed directly to his professional development and, as a result, some of the materials in this section are of a professional as well as a personal nature. One folder of patient interview notes has been restricted due to the personal nature of its contents.

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Box 1 Folder 1 General, 1919-1989

Box 1 Folder 2 to 3 Awards and Honors, 1967-2005, (2 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 4 1939-1945

Box 1 Folder 5 1946-1949

Box 1 Folder 6 1950

Box 1 Folder 7 1951

Box 1 Folder 8 1952-1953

Box 1 Folder 9 Family, undated, 1920-1984

Box 1 Folder 10 Memorial, 2009

Military, 1942-1945

Box 1 Folder 11 "What the Soldier Thinks,", 1944

Box 1 Folder 12 to 13 Personal Records, 1942-1945, (2 Folders)

Box 2 Folder 1 Articles, 1944

Box 2 Folder 2 "What's Your Problem?,", 1944-1945

Box 2 Folder 3 Drew MHU Study, 1944-1947

Box 2 Folder 4 Drew MHU Manual, 1944

Box 2 Folder 5 Drew MHU Consultations, 1945

[Restricted until 2050]

Box 27 Avukah Manual, 1941