Kamin, Martin

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Martin Kamin (1897 or 1899-1976) was a Polish-American publisher and bookseller, particularly in the areas of dance and drama.

Born on November 15, 1897 (or 1899) in Warsaw, Poland, Kamin left Poland to come to the United States while still in his teens. After mastering English he enrolled at the University of Baltimore and continued his studies in linguistics, philosophy and economics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland where he earned his Ph.D.

In 1920 Kamin married Sarah (Sally) Katz, a school teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For a number of years she had been associated with the Wisconsin Players as a dramatic actress and dancer performing under the name Sara Nikov. The Kamins resided in Paris during the 1920's and 1930's where Martin began his publishing career. He published Contact: A Quarterly Review (edited by William Carlos Williams and Nathaniel West), Both Sides, Films, and Current Controversy . The Kamins became a part of the "lost generation" which included Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. His address book from that period registers the names Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, Darius Milhaud, Serge Prokofieff, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Picasso, and more.

In addition to his publishing business Kamin operated a book store in New York City which eventually began to specialize in materials on the dance. For many years the Kamin Dance Book Shop was an internationally known center for books and manuscripts relating to all phases of that art.

After his wife's death and his retirement Kamin married briefly for a second time, but spent most of his later years weakened by a stroke and living in virtual poverty in various nursing homes. He died on September 4, 1976.

From the guide to the Martin Kamin Papers, 1789-1973, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Fort, Charles, 1874-1932. Papers of Charles Fort [manuscript], 1920-1951. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Moss & Kamin, Inc. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1932-1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Martin Kamin Papers, 1789-1973 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn John Vassos Papers, 1928-1981 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Peter Neagoe Papers, 1928-1967 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Anthony, Gordon. person
associatedWith Bosco, Henri, 1888-1976 person
associatedWith Buckle, Richard. person
associatedWith Coton, A. V. person
associatedWith De Mille, Agnes. person
associatedWith Denoël, Jean. person
associatedWith Evans, Mary Stewart. person
associatedWith Fort, Charles, 1874-1932. person
associatedWith Graham, Martha. person
associatedWith Gribble, Harry Wagstaff, b. 1896 person
associatedWith Harris, Marguerite Tjader, 1901-1986 person
associatedWith Haskell, Arnold L. (Arnold Lionel), 1903- person
associatedWith Janković, Danica S. person
associatedWith Kamin Dance Bookshop. corporateBody
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907- person
associatedWith Le Chanois, Jean Paul. person
associatedWith Legrand, Edy, 1893- person
associatedWith Leslie, Kenneth, 1892- person
associatedWith Leslie, Serge. person
associatedWith Lilly, Joseph. person
associatedWith Markova, Alicia, Dame, 1910-2004 person
associatedWith Moss & Kamin, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Neagoe, Peter. person
associatedWith Nijinsky, Romola de Pulszky. person
associatedWith Page, Ruth, 1899-1991 person
associatedWith Raffé, W. G. (Walter George), b. 1888 person
associatedWith Russell, Henry Tosti. person
associatedWith Sandoz, Maurice, 1892-1958 person
associatedWith Seldes, George, 1890-1995 person
associatedWith Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972 person
associatedWith Strate, Walter. person
associatedWith Thackray, Rupert Manfred. person
associatedWith Toscanini, Walter, 1898-1971 person
associatedWith Twysden, A. E. (Aileen Elizabeth), b. 1891 person
associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 person
associatedWith Vassos, John, 1898-1985 person
associatedWith Ward, Lynd, 1905- person
associatedWith Yarborough, Lavinia Williams. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Booksellers and bookselling
Publishers and publishing
Ballet companies
Ballet companies
Ballet dancers
Ballet dancers
Ballet dancing
Ballet dancing
Dance and theatre
Polish Americans
Booksellers and bookselling


Active 1920

Active 1951


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