A Finding Aid to the George Cohen Papers, 1943-1980, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.cohegeor
Creators:
Cohen, George, 1913-1980
Dates:
1943-1980
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of George Cohen measure 1.8 linear feet and date between 1943 and 1980. The papers document his career as a painter and educator through correspondence; lectures, course outlines and notes, four audio reel interviews on teaching art, and other teaching files; a resume, financial records, exhibition documents with galleries, and other professional activity; clippings, exhibition catalogs, magazine contributions, and other printed material; and photographs of artwork, Cohen in his studio, and Cohen teaching.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of George Cohen measure 1.8 linear feet and date between 1943 and 1980. Materials include a resume; correspondence with Anthony Caro and others; manuscripts for radio broadcast series, "This is Jazz, A People's Music"; price lists for works of art; financial material; subject files of exhibition material, gallery correspondence and his teaching materials for classes on film and art; exhibition catalogs and announcements; press releases; clippings; photographs and slides of Cohen and his art; three 16mm motion pictures including an interview with Cohen, "Richard Hunt--Welding Sculpture" and "Artist and Fabricator"; and taped interviews with David Aronson, Lawrence Kupferman, Joseph Hodgson and Bernard Chaet.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into five series.
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1943-1980 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Teaching Files, 1948-1979 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Professional Activity, 1957-1976 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1, FC 4-6)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 1945-1980 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 5: Photographs, 1947-1977 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2, OV 3)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
H. George Cohen (1913-1980) was a painter and educator in Massachusetts. Cohen was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1913. He attended the Worcester Art Museum School and the Institute of Design, Chicago, Illinois. Cohen taught art and film classes at Smith College between 1942 and 1980. Cohen participated in numerous exhibition in the New England area from the late 1940s through the 1970s.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2020.
Author
Ricky Gomez
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The George Cohen papers were donated to the archives in 1982 by Lois Jean Cohen, widow of George Cohen.

Using the Collection
Terms of Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
George Cohen papers, 1943-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Interviews Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chaet, Bernard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aronson, David, 1923-2015 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hodgson, Joseph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kupferman, Lawrence Edward, 1909-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Caro, Anthony, 1924- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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