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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.