Albert Kahn and Architectural Collections at the DIA Research Library & Archives
Virtual Talk with James E. Hanks, MLIS, Archivist
November 3, 2022 , 7:00 pm
The year 2022 is the one-hundred-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Paul Philippe Cret designed, Woodward Avenue location of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and it is noteworthy to reflect upon the role Albert Kahn played in its planning, construction, and development. Not only did he serve on the City of Detroit Arts Commission, but also contributed to the growth and prosperity of an internationally recognized art collection. Archivist James E. Hanks will present an overview of the holdings of the Research Library & Archives, including Albert Kahn related historical materials and drawings.
The DIA Research Library & Archives, which in 1890 consisted of 83 books, today has over 191,000 catalogued volumes, 300 periodical titles, and 5000 cubic feet of archival materials. The library is open to the public by appointment.
About the Speaker: James E. Hanks, MLIS, Archivist
Mr. Hanks is a Detroit native and graduate of Wayne State University with a BA in Anthropology and a Master of Library and Information Science. He has worked in museums, archives, and libraries for 35 years, and has served as Detroit Institute of Art’s archivist since 2015.