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Ira S. Cohen papers

 Collection — Box: 1-4
Identifier: 22-4F-203

Scope and Contents

The collection includes material documenting Cohen's committee work in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty Senate, Student Affairs committees, and Psychology Department committees. The collection also includes conference records.


  • 1961-1967


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Ira S. Cohen papers, 1961-1967, are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Ira S. Cohen, born in New York City in 1922, taught psychology at the University at Buffalo from 1952 until his retirement in 1987 as Professor Emeritus. Prior to receiving his bachelor's degree from Queens College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University, Cohen served in the United States Army during World War II. Before coming to the University at Buffalo, he worked at Veterans Affairs' Psychological Clinics in Indianapolis, Indiana and in Bath, New York, and was a Teaching Fellow at Indiana University.

In addition to his teaching at the University at Buffalo, Cohen served in several administrative positions. These include, Provost of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Administration, director of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology, director of the clinical psychology training program, and Chairman of the Psychology Department. He also served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University. After his retirement from the University at Buffalo in 1987, he was named director of the Office of Educational Affairs for the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. In 1978, Cohen won the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In 1990, Cohen moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he became a founding member of the Santa Fe Friends of Jazz band. He played alto saxophone and clarinet for several jazz and classical groups and was active in the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society. Cohen, who enjoyed skiing, died from a heart attack at the Santa Fe Ski Basin in 1992. From a 1993 editorial letter in The Spectrum, Murray Brown, Professor of Economics, remembered Cohen as "a principled man and a friend of students."


1.7 Linear Feet (4 manuscript boxes)


Papers of Ira S. Cohen, Professor Emeritus in Psychology. Includes committee reports, Psychology Department records, and conference records.


This collection has been maintained in its original order.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Professor Cohen and the Office of the Provost, Faculty of Social Sciences and Administration, multiple accessions from 1968-1978.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

22/4F/1074 Ira S. Cohen additional papers, 1948-1992 (bulk 1965-1985)

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives staff, circa 1970's.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, March 2015.


Finding Aid for the Ira S. Cohen papers
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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