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Finding Aid for the Ira S. Cohen Additional Papers, 1948-1992 (bulk 1965-1985)


State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

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Finding aid prepared by Mark J. McGuire.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Mark J. McGuire, August 2006.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: Ira S. Cohen Additional Papers, 1948-1992 (bulk 1965-1985)
Creator: Cohen, Ira S., 1922-
Extent: 3 manuscript boxes (1.251 linear feet)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Additional papers of Ira S. Cohen, Professor Emeritus in Psychology. Includes correspondence, administrative files, and writings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item information and date], Box/Folder #, 22/4F/1074, Ira S. Cohen Additional Papers, University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Archives' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

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

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.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Mark J. McGuire, August 2006.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

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."

Scope and Content Note

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).


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

Container List

Box-folder Contents
1.1 1948-1949
1.2 1952-1953
1.3 1954-1967
1.4 1967-1979
1.5 1981-1985
1.6 1990-1992
II.     Administrative Materials, 1953-1985

Divided into two subseries, one general and one containing State University of New York/American Psychological Association Evaluation Reports

II.A     General 1953-1983,
Arranged alphabetically
Box-folder Contents
Administrative Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee, Faculty Senate, 1976-1977
Basic Writing Proposal and Response, 1975-1976

[Note: Additional proposal materials in Folder 1.12-Faculty Senate Educational Policy and Planning Committee]

Case Consultation as psychologist [from earlier internship], 1984
Chair, Psychology Department, 1978
Faculty Senate Educational Policy and Planning Committee, 1974-1976
Letters of Reference, Faculty and Colleagues, 1953-1969
Letters of Reference, Students, 1970-1979
Letters of Reference, Students and Colleagues, 1953-1969
New York State Education Department, External Degree Program, 1982-1983
Notes from the Chair, Newsletters of the Psychology Department, 1979-1980
Operational Processes Committee, 1978-1979
Operation Processes Committee, Purchasing Questionnaire, 1978
Pediatrics/Social Sciences Experimental Program, 1968-1970
Personal Committees and Activities, 1964-1965, 1971, 1982
Provost Days, 1967-1971
Resignation as Provost, 1970-1971
Sabbatical Papers, 1972
Search Committee for Chair of Communication Department, 1979
UUP-AAUP/NEA Representation Challenge, 1977- 1978

[Note acronyms: United University Professions (UUP), American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)]

University of Illinois, Chicago, Vice Presidency, 1972
II.B    State University of New York (SUNY)/American Psychological Association (APA) Evaluation Reports, 1966-1985
Arranged chronologically
Box-folder Contents
SUNY Committee to Review Potsdam Master of Arts in Psychology Program, 1966
SUNY Evaluation of Geneseo Master of Arts Program, 1968
University of Nebraska American Psychological Association (APA), 1970
Massachusetts Mental Health Center Accreditation, 1972
Temple University Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, 1973
University of Massachusetts Graduate Training Program in Clinical Psychology, 1974
SUNY/Buffalo American Studies Evaluation, 1974
American Psychological Association Purdue University Evaluation Visit, 1975
Ohio State University American Psychological Association Visit, 1982
SUNY/Buffalo Rachel Carson College and College H Review, 1984
American Psychological Association University of Connecticut Site Visit, 1985
SUNY/Buffalo English Ph.D. Evaluation, 1980
III.     Writings, 1957-1986

Arranged alphabetically

Box-folder Contents
3.20 "B.F. Skinner: The Man and His Ideas," 1970
3.21 Correspondence for Edited book of readings, 1973-1975
3.22 Correspondence for Instructor's Supplement to Abnormal Psychology test, 1973
3.23 Eulogy for Ludwig Van Bertalannfy, 1972
3.24 "Progress in Clinical Psychology," 1957
3.25 "Personality in the Making," 1964
3.26 "Psychoanalytic Casebook," 1974
3.27 "Programmed Learning and the Socratic Dialogue," 1962
3.28 Review of "Essential Psychology" series, 1977
3.29 Reviews for Publishers of various abnormal psychology texts, 1961, 1972, 1981, 1983, 1986
3.30 Reviews on medical education, undated, 1961-1962

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

Subject Terms

Educational consultants--United States
Psychology teachers--New York (State)--Buffalo
State University of New York at Buffalo--Administration
State University of New York at Buffalo--Archives
State University of New York at Buffalo. Faculty of Social Sciences and Administration
State University of New York at Buffalo. Office of the Provost

Genre Terms

Administrative records

Associated Material

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.

Related Resources in the University Archives

Ira S. Cohen Papers, 1948-1992 (bulk 1965-1985)