US.INSON Mss 044
Name and location of repository
Donald Kahn Papers
- 1930 - 2007 (Vervaardig)
1.5 cft; 1 document box, 1 clamshell box
Naam van de archiefvormer
(1918-07-17 - 2008-04-11)
Donald Gustav Kahn (July 17, 1918—April 11, 2008), the only son of Gus and Grace LeBoy Kahn, was born in Chicago during the early phase of his father’s songwriting career. He realized as a five-year old that he wanted to follow in his father’s musical footsteps, but as a composer and arranger, not a lyricist. Donald studied music at Pomona College and served in the Air Force during World War II. In 1956, he collaborated with noted lyricist Stanley Styne to create his most popular work, “A Beautiful Friendship.” The song was recorded by a number of artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Margaret Whiting, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. In the 1970s, Donald wrote music for Sesame Street. Although he labored in the shadow of his father, he worked tirelessly to keep his father’s legacy alive and was a strong proponent for Whoopee!, a 1990s revival of Whoopee.
Content and structure elements
Bereik en inhoud
The collection consists of sheet music, manuscripts, correspondence, and other material documenting the career of Donald Kahn.
Conditions of access and use elements
Voorwaarden voor raadpleging
All material is open to the public without restriction. Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions.
Voorwaarden voor reproductie
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1923 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Taal en schrift aantekeningen
Uploaded finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Directe bron van verwerving
Received from Margaret Kahn, widow of Donald Kahn, on November 18, 2008.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Related materials elements
Bestaan en verblifplaats van originelen
Bestaan en verblijfplaats van kopieën
Related archival materials
- Citation: Donald Kahn Papers, The Great American Songbook Foundation.
- Processing information: Processed by Lisa Lobdell, Archivist. Completed May 22, 2012.
Description control element
Regels of conventies
Aantekeningen van de archivaris
AtoM description created by Ashlee James, February 2018.