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

Descriptive Summary

Title
John S. Van E. Kohn letters to John Wilson Townsend
Date
1946-1965
Creator
Kohn, John S. Van E.
Extent
0.23 Cubic feet
Subjects
Business records--Kentucky--Lexington.
Letters.
Rare books.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess
Preferred Citation
72M3: [identification of item], John S. Van E. Kohn letters to John Wilson Townsend, 1946-1965, University of Kentucky Special Collections
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

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.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

General letters to Townsend, 1957

  • Box 1, Folder 6
Scope and Contents note

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

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Kohn letters to Townsend, 1946-1965

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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