Rare Book & Manuscript Library
 

Robert L. Cohen papers, 1980s-2000s

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1787
Bib ID 11749114 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Cohen, Robert L
Title Robert L. Cohen papers, 1980s-2000s
Physical Description 104 linear feet (83 record cartons)
Language(s) English .
Access

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on-site.

CLOSED. Collection closed until processed. kws 2020-12-11

Description

Summary

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 rbml@columbia.edu 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.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

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].

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Briefs (legal documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Cohen, Robert L Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prison violence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prisoners -- Legal status, laws, etc -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prisons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prisons -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rikers Island (N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.