Skip to main content

Hannah Kahn Papers

Identifier: MS Group 094

Scope and Content

The collection spans 1939-1987 and includes manuscripts of major and minor works of Hannah Kahn, including translations of the Yiddish poet Racjel Zychlinsk, correspondence, and miscellaneous documents (clippings, published poems, biographical material, etc.). Subjects and persons mentioned in the collection include Eunice Tietjens, Janet Tietjens Hart, Hiram Hayden, Charles Angoff, Conrad Aiken, Witter Bynner, Pearl S. Buck, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Ted Malone, Grant Morrison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sara Henderson Hay, Thomas H. Middleton, Fran Tanner, Haim Ginott, Alice Ginott, Loren Eiseley, Gary L. Harmon, Hans Juergensen, Jean Lee Latham, Helen Muir, Claude Pepper, Thelma Peters, Richard Pettigrew, Edmund Skellings, Charles Willeford, William Chambless, William C. Droster, Eve Kahn, Gene Kahn, Eric Sandahl, Suzanne Yott, Poet Society of America, Academy of American Poets, Association for Retarded Citizens (The Arc), and information about authors in Miami, Florida. The collection also contains specific correspondence related to Kahn's work, Eve's Daughter.

Note: “The Association for Retarded Citizens” as it was known prior to its name change in 1992, has been retained in this finding aid to preserve historical context and access. The organization has since changed its name to The Arc of the United States.


  • Creation: 1939-1987



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Poet, translator, and poetry review editor for the Miami Herald. Born in New York City. Author of Eve's Daughter (Hurricane House, 1962), Time, Wait (University Presses of Florida, 1983), and co-editor of Wind Child, by Orma Jean Surbey (Olivant Press, 1969). Authored more than 400 poems, published in literary and popular periodicals, including American Scholar, Harpers, Saturday Review, Southwest Review, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, and Saturday Evening Post. Winner of awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Poetry Society of Great Britain, and from several state poetry societies and magazines.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2000. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2001.


3 Linear feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



Manuscripts of major and minor works by poet Hannah Kahn, including translations of the Yiddish poet Racjel Zychlinsk. Also includes correspondence and miscellaneous documents.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Processing Information

This finding aid was revised in September 2022. The term “retarded” was replaced by “intellectual disability” and the current updated name for the “Association for Retarded Citizens”, “The Arc” was added in parenthesis next to the older organization’s name in order to create a more inclusive, respectful and culturally aware descriptive language for collection.

A Guide to the Hannah Kahn Papers
Finding aid created by Frank Orser
September 2011 (Updated September 2022)
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America