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Ira S. Cohen Additional papers

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: 22-4F-1074

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Cohen's administrative work, as Provost of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Administration, acting director of the clinical psychology training program and psychological clinic and as chair of the Psychology Department. Series I contains Cohen's correspondence. Please note correspondence regarding publications is placed in Series III. Series II includes material documenting Cohen's committee work and his position as Provost. Also included in this series are Site Evaluation Reports for the American Psychological Association (APA) and State University of New York (SUNY).


  • 1948-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1965-1985


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Ira S. Cohen Additional papers, 1948-1992 (bulk 1965-1985) 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."


1.251 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)


Additional papers of Ira S. Cohen, Professor Emeritus in Psychology. Includes correspondence, administrative files, and writings.


The collection is divided into three series: I. Correspondence, II. Administrative materials, and III. Writings.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carlota Baca (Cohen's wife) in January 1993.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

22/4F/203 Ira S. Cohen papers, 1948-1992 (bulk 1965-1985)

Separated Materials

Confidential material regarding personnel actions and the Ad Hoc Committee on Ex-Offenders has been removed from the part of the collection documenting Cohen's committee work.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Mark J. McGuire, August 2006.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, March 2015.


Finding Aid for the Ira S. Cohen Additional papers
Finding aid prepared by Mark J. McGuire.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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