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John S. Van E. Kohn letters to John Wilson Townsend, 1946-1965

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess

Title

John S. Van E. Kohn letters to John Wilson Townsend

Date

1946-1965

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

72M3: [identification of item], John S. Van E. Kohn letters to John Wilson Townsend, 1946-1965, University of Kentucky Special Collections

Extent

0.23 Cubic feet

1 box

Biography/History

John Townsend (1885-1968) was a Kentucky author and historian from Lexington, KY. John S. Van E. Kohn was a bibliophile and co-founder of the Seven Gables Bookshop in New York City.

"Guide to the John S. Van E. Kohn Edna St. Vincent Millay Collection, 1917-1976." Vassar College Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. n.d. Web. Aug. 22, 2011.

Scope and Content

The John S. Van E. Kohn letters to John Wilson Townsend collection contains correspondence between rare book dealers, John S. Van E. Kohn at Seven Gables Bookshop in New York, New York and John Wilson Townsend at Bluegrass Books in Lexington, Kentucky. Letters, ranging in date from 1946-1965, are from Kohn and mostly pertain to purchasing books or rejecting offers from Townsend. Collection includes a few general letters from other book dealers about similar titles.

Subjects

  • Bluegrass Books.
  • Seven Gables Bookshop.
  • Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968
  • Business records--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Letters.
  • Rare books.

Related Material

73M3, John Wilson Townsend papers, 1808-1936 , University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

General letters to Townsend, 1957
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Scope and Content Note:

These are general letters to Townsend regarding the purchase of books from the Bluegrass Books store.

Kohn letters to Townsend, 1946-1965
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]