|Rare Book & Manuscript Library|
At a Glance
Legal briefs, medical reports, correspondence, memoranda, drafts, research files, reports, audits, statistics, etc.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
Material is unprocessed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This collection is located on-site.
CLOSED. Collection closed until processed. kws 2020-12-11
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert L. Cohen Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
Papers [processed, etc.] [initials here] mm/dd/yyyy.
Papers appraised appraiser [date].
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Bobby Cohen papers are a unique and extremely significant set of records of imprisonment in New York City. Dr. Cohen worked on Rikers Island as the Director of the Montefiore Rikers Island Health Services, served as the Vice President for Medical Operations of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, and as the Director of the AIDS Center at St. Vincent's Hospital. He has served as a Federal Court appointed monitor overseeing medical care for prisoners in Florida, Ohio, New York State, Michigan, and Connecticut. He represented the American Public Health Association on the National Commission for Correctional Health Care. Dr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from Princeton, his MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and trained in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital.
For scholars the Bobby Cohen papers afford a window into the secret world of New York's prisons and jails. The history of imprisonment and the rise of mass-incarceration are extremely vibrant fields of study at the moment. This collection will be of the highest possible use and interest for scholars.