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Lawrence A. Kobrin papers, 1948-2019

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0270
Bib ID 14601493 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kobrin, Lawrence A.
Title Lawrence A. Kobrin papers, 1948-2019
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 record carton)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Description

Content Description

This collection includes Kobrin's student files, course materials, memorabilia, and textbooks. There is also correspondence with Columbians, Class of 1954 materials, and a copy of Kobrin's memoir "Looking Back from Here" (2019).

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located offsite. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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); Lawrence A. Kobrin papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Yeshiva University holds a collection of Lawrence Kobrin papers, focusing on his role as "a leading Jewish communal figure who has dedicated much of his life to Jewish causes and to the work of a variety of Jewish organizations."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lawrence A. Kobrin, 2020.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Joanna Rios, July 2021.

Revision Description

2021-07-06 Published finding aid (JR)

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Lawrence A. Kobrin was born in New York City in 1933. He earned both his BA (1954) and JD (1957) at Columbia University. At the College, he was an associate editor of the student newspaper, the Spectator; one of the three founding editors of the Columbia College Journal of Social Sciences; secretary and vice-president of the I.Z.F.A.; and a key member of the College Elections Commission. At the Law School, he was a Kent Scholar (1954-1955), a Stone Scholar (1954-1957), and the notes editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is an attorney and Senior Counsel at the firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

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Series I: Lawrence A. Kobrin papers, 1948-2019


Correspondence



Box 1 Folder 1 Chamberlain, Lawrence H., 1958


Box 1 Folder 2 Columbia University, 1988-2003

(Correspondence, donations, and alumni matters)


Box 1 Folder 3 Graff, Henry, 1961


Box 1 Folder 4 Sovern, Michael I., 1978-1992


Box 1 Folder 5 Stern, Fritz, 1980


Box 1 Folder 6 Truman, David, 1969


Box 1 Folder 7 Wouk, Herman, 1995-2014


Course materials


Box 1 Folder 8 British Constitutional History, 1950s

(Syllabus and class notes. According to Kobrin, "one of the most popular courses at the time and considered 'must' for pre-law students.")


Box 1 Folder 9 Contemporary Civilization, 1952-1953

(Outline and assignements, review questions)


Box 1 Folder 10 Looking Back from Here: A Personal Memoir, 2019


Memorabilia


Box 1 Folder 11 Columbia Bicentennial programs, 1954

(Convocations and Alexander Hamilton Dinner)


Box 1 Folder 12 Columbia College Journal of Social Sciences, 1954

(Issue I, Volume 1)


Box 1 Folder 13 Commencement, 1954

(Bulletin and a program for Columbia College Senior Week, May 27-June 1, 1954)


Box 1 Folder 14 Commencement, 1957

(Bulletin and Columbia Alumni News July 1957 issue)


Box 1 Folder 15 Law Review credential, 1955-1957


Box 1 Folder 16 Law School Centennial program, 1958


Box 1 Folder 17 Spectator press credential, 1950s


Box 1 Folder 18 Photographs, 1954

(37 black-and-white, 3.5" x 4.5" snapshots of Lawrence Kobrin and friends around campus in May/June 1954 and images of 1954 Commencement.)


Student files

(Correspondence, receipts, tickets, newspaper clippings, photographs, class materials, etc.)


Box 1 Folder 19 Freshman Year, 1950-1951


Box 1 Folder 20 Sophomore Year, 1951-1952


Box 1 Folder 21 Junior Year, 1952-1953


Box 1 Folder 22 Senior Year, 1953-1954


Box 1 Folder 23 Law School I, 1954-1955


Box 1 Folder 24 Law School II, 1955-1956


Box 1 Folder 25 Law School III, 1956-1957


Subject files


Box 1 Folder 26 7th District Democratic primaries, 1953


Box 1 Folder 27 Campus secret societies, 1954

(According to Kobrin, "A files of student correspondence from 1954 when there was a big campus fuss over the place of secret societies. It all led to nothing more than a Spectator editorial but did involve the Deans and considerable campus excitement.")


Box 1 Folder 28 Class of 1954, 1954-1961


Box 1 Folder 29 College Elections Commission, 1954


Box 1 Folder 30 Columbia College, 1950-1954

(Application process, academic record correspondence and graduation awards.)


Box 1 Folder 31-32 Columbia Daily Spectator, 1953-1954, 2 folders


Box 1 Folder 33 Law school admission, 1954

(Application essay, admission letter, scholarship offer, etc.)


Textbooks


Box 1 Folder 34 Chapters in Western Civilization, 1948

(Volumes I-II, with some underlining)


Box 1 Folder 35 Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West: A Sourcebook, 1950

(Volumes I-II, with some underlining)