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Collection Number: 05178

Collection Title: Cohen Family Papers, 1896-1998

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Size 10.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4500 items)
Abstract Samuel J. Cohen ("Jimmy") and Luba Tooter Cohen, both immigrants from Russia, were married in New York, N.Y., in 1920. They moved to Blytheville, Ark., where Jimmy worked in construction, evenutally opening his own business, S. J. Cohen Company. Their son Jerome Cohen (1922-2013) later joined the family business. Both Jimmy and "Jerry" served in World War II. The collection includes papers, family histories, photographs, and home movies relating to the Cohen, Tooter (also spelled Tudor), Dimand, and Freedman families, chiefly of Blytheville, Ark.; New London, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; and Minsk and Odessa, Russia. Papers document military service with the Seabees, a Naval construction regiment, during World War II; the S. J. Cohen Company; elementary education in Russia; civil engineering education in the United States; immigration; and ethnic cooking. Materials include personal and business correspondence, immigration and citizenship papers, military papers, school materials, recipes, newspaper clippings, postcards, and financial materials. Some of the school materials are in Russian (translations included). Family history materials include oral history interviews and transcripts, recorded by Marcie Cohen Ferris, that document emigration of Russian Jews and their adjustment to life in the United States in the 1910s. Family photographs document children and adults at play and family gatherings from the early 1900s to the 1960s, Russian military dress in the 1910s, a United States military base in the Pacific during World War II, and construction sites related to work done by the S. J. Cohen Company. Other photographs document African American sharecroppers, cotton farming, and a hunting camp. Home movies, filmed by Jerry Cohen, record the history of significant construction and engineering projects of S. J. Cohen Company. The films also record daily life in the Cohen family, including Temple Israel and the Jewish community of Blytheville, as well as family vacations and visits to Huddy Howoritz Cohen's home and family in New London. Slides are chiefly of family vacations and S. J. Cohen Company engineering projects.
Creator Cohen family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
CLOSED: Folders 35-39 are closed until 2035.
Use of audiocassettes, audiodiscs, and videotapes may require production of listening and viewing copies.
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Cohen Family Papers #5178, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Marcie Cohen Ferris of Chapel Hill, N.C., in September 2004 (Acc. 99898), July 2005 (Acc. 100140), September 2006 (Acc. 100509), and October 2007 (Acc. 100789).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Samuel J. Cohen ("Jimmy") was born 6 March 1897 in Minsk, Russia. His family, including his mother Mary Winick Cohen and brother Jack Cohen, immigrated to the United States in 1913. Jimmy attended the City College of New York and the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

Luba Tooter was born in 1897 in Odessa, Russia, to Harry and Mollie Tooter. Luba, her parents, and her siblings, Milton, Maurice, Eddie, Joseph, Al, and George, immigrated to the United States in 1912. Luba worked in sweat shops and attended school at night to learn English.

Jimmy and Luba began courting in 1915 and were married on 19 November 1920. Luba joined her husband in Blytheville, Ark., where he had relocated in 1919 to pursue construction work with the Pride and Fairley engineering firm. In 1929, Jimmy opened his own construction company, S. J. Cohen Company, which specialized in drainage canals, levees, highways, bridges, and grading at airports.

Jimmy and Luba had one son, Jerome Cohen, who was born 22 June 1922. "Jerry" graduated in 1943 from Cornell University with a degree in civil engineering.

Both Jimmy and Jerry enlisted in the military in 1943. Jimmy joined the Navy as an officer in the Seabees, the Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Jerry married Hudda Horowitz, the daughter of Morris Horowitz and Lena Freedman Horowitz. "Huddy" was born 7 February 1926. Jerry and Huddy had two daughters, Jamie and Marcie.

Jimmy Cohen died on 2 April 1954. Luba Tooter Cohen died in 1985. Jerry Cohen died on 30 July 2013.

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The collection includes papers, family histories, photographs, and home movies relating to Samuel J. Cohen, Luba Tooter Cohen, Jerry Cohen, and the Cohen, Tooter (also spelled Tudor), Dimand, and Freedman families, chiefly of Blytheville, Ark.; New London, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; Minsk, Russia; and Odessa, Russia. Papers document military service with the Seabees, a Naval construction regiment, during World War II; the S. J. Cohen Company, a construction business in Arkansas; elementary education in Russia; civil engineering education in the United States; immigration; and ethnic cooking. Materials include personal and business correspondence, immigration and citizenship papers, military papers, school materials, recipes, newspaper clippings, postcards, and financial materials. Some of the school materials are in Russian and include translations. Family history materials include oral history interviews and transcripts, recorded by Marcie Cohen Ferris, that document emigration of Russian Jews and their adjustment to life in the United States in the 1910s. Family photographs document children and adults at play and family gatherings from the early 1900s to the 1960s, Russian military dress in the 1910s, a United States military base in the Pacific during World War II, and construction sites related to work done by the S. J. Cohen Company. Other photographs document African American sharecroppers, cotton farming, and a hunting camp. Home movies, filmed by Jerry Cohen, record history of significant construction and engineering projects of S. J. Cohen Company. The films also record daily life in the Cohen family, including Temple Israel and the Jewish community of Blytheville, as well as family vacations and visits to Huddy Howoritz Cohen's home and family in New London. Slides are chiefly of family vacations and S. J. Cohen Company engineering projects.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987.

About 1300 items.

Arrangement: chronological, followed by subject files.

Access: Folders 35-39 closed until 2035.

Papers and other materials documenting military service with the Seabees, a Naval construction regiment, during World War II; S. J. Cohen Company, a construction business in Arkansas; elementary education in Russia; civil engineering education in the United States; immigration; and ethnic cooking. Included are personal and business correspondence; immigration and citizenship papers; military papers; school materials; recipes; newspaper clippings; postcards; and financial materials such as loan documents, receipts, and bank statements. Materials chiefly relate to Samuel J. Cohen, Luba Tooter Cohen, and Jerry Cohen, but also concern other Cohen and Freedman family members. Some of the school materials are in Russian and include translations. Home movies, filmed by Jerry Cohen, record history of significant construction and engineering projects of S. J. Cohen Company. The films also record daily life in the Cohen family, including Temple Israel and the Jewish community of Blytheville, Ark., as well as family vacations and visits to Huddy Howoritz Cohen's home and family in New London, Conn.

Folder 1

1896-1918 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 1

Folder 2

1919-1933 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 2

Folder 3

1934-1936 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 3

Folder 4

1937-1938 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 4

Folder 5

1939-1941 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 5

Folder 6-7

Folder 6

Folder 7

1942 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 6-7

Folder 8

1943 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 8

Folder 9

1944 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1945 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 10-11

Folder 12

1946 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 12

Folder 13

1947 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 13

Folder 14

1948 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 14

Folder 15

1949 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 15

Folder 16

1950 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 16

Folder 17

1951 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 17

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

1952 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 18-19

Folder 20

1953 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

1954 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

1955 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 23

Folder 24

1956-1966, 1987 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 24

Folder 25-27

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Undated #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 25-27

Includes Seabees material and audio recordings of Samuel Cohen, possibly on patriotism

Folder 28

Flight record of Jerry Cohen #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 28

Folder 29

Foreign currency #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 29

Folder 30

Fowler and Tamara Collecting Cards #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 30

Videotape VT-5178/1-3

VT-5178/1

VT-5178/2

VT-5178/3

Home movies #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." VT-5178/1-3

Folder 31

Newspaper Clippings #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 31

Folder 32

Postcards #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 32

Handpainted

Folder 33

Postcards #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 33

Hudson River Trip

Folder 34a

Postcards #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 34a

Russia

Folder 34b

Postcards #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 34b

Russian Military

Folder 35

Recipes: CLOSED #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 35

1950s American

Folder 36

Recipes #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 36

CLOSED

This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.

Chinese American

Folder 37

Recipes #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 37

CLOSED

Jewish

Folder 38

Recipes #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 38

CLOSED

Southern

Folder 39

Recipes #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 39

CLOSED

Miscellaneous

Folder 40

Seabees Notebook, circa 1943 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 40

Folder 41

School Materials #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 41

Folder 42

School Materials #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 42

Photocopies

Folder 43

School Notebook, 1911-1912 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 43

Folder 44-45

Folder 44

Folder 45

School Notebook, circa 1915 #05178, Series: "1. Papers, 1896-1966, 1987." Folder 44-45

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10 items.

Oral histories, transcripts, and an article relating to the Cohen and Tooter (also spelled Tudor) families. Topics discussed include emigration of Russian Jews, adjusting to life in the United States in the 1910s, and other aspects of family histories. Marcie Cohen Ferris conducted all of the interviews.

Folder 46

Cohen, Jerry, 27 February 1983 #05178, Series: "2. Family Histories, 1978-1998, and undated." Folder 46

Transcript only

Folder 47

Cohen, Jerry and Huddy Cohen, 22 December 2001 #05178, Series: "2. Family Histories, 1978-1998, and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

Cohen, Luba Tooter and Jerry Cohen, 27 February 1983 #05178, Series: "2. Family Histories, 1978-1998, and undated." Folder 48

A: Luba Tooter Cohen; B: Luba Tooter Cohen and Jerry Cohen

Folder 49

Ferris, Marcie Cohen #05178, Series: "2. Family Histories, 1978-1998, and undated." Folder 49

"A Memory from 1968"

Folder 50

Tudor, Joe, 28 June 1998 #05178, Series: "2. Family Histories, 1978-1998, and undated." Folder 50

Transcript available

Folder 51

Tudor, Joe, 11 September 1998 #05178, Series: "2. Family Histories, 1978-1998, and undated." Folder 51

Transcript available

Folder 52

Tudor/Tooter Family History: Joe Tudor, Luba Tooter Cohen, and Ed Tooter, 9 April 1978 #05178, Series: "2. Family Histories, 1978-1998, and undated." Folder 52

Transcript available

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About 3200 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by name, then subject.

Photographs relating to the Cohen, Tooter (also spelled Tudor), Dimand, and Freedman families of Blytheville, Ark.; New London, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; and Minsk and Odessa, Russia. Formal and informal portraits document children and adults from the early 1900s to the 1960s, Russian military dress in the 1910s, and United States military uniforms of World War II. Other photographs document children at play; family gatherings; a World War II military base in the Pacific; travel to Europe and Israel; construction sites related to work done by the S. J. Cohen Company; and homes built by Pride and Fairley, an engineering firm that Samuel J. Cohen worked for when he first moved to Blytheville, Ark., in 1919. Miscellaneous photos document African American sharecroppers, cotton farming, and a hunting camp.

Slides, 1966-1990 and undated, are in slide carousels (about 80 images per carousel) and are chiefly of family vacations and S. J. Cohen Company engineering projects. Note that original titles marked on the carousels have, for the most part, been retained.

Image Folder P-5178/1-2

P-5178/1

P-5178/2

Cohen, Jerry #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/1-2

Image Folder P-5178/3

Cohen, Luba Tooter #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/3

Image Folder P-5178/4

Cohen, Luba Tooter (groups) #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/4

Image Folder P-5178/5

Cohen, Samuel J. #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/5

Image Folder P-5178/6

Cohen, Samuel J. #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/6

World War II

Image Folder P-5178/7

Cohen, Samuel J. (groups) #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/7

Image Folder P-5178/8

Cohen Family, Jerry and Hulda #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/8

Image Folder P-5178/9

Cohen Family, Mary #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/9

Image Folder P-5178/10

Cohen Family, Samuel J. and Luba Tooter #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/10

Image Folder P-5178/11

Dimand Family #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/11

Image Folder P-5178/12

Freedman Family #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/12

Image Folder P-5178/13-14

P-5178/13

P-5178/14

Tooter Family, Harry and Mollie #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/13-14

Image Folder P-5178/15

Unidentified #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/15

Image Folder P-5178/16

Blytheville Synagogue 50th Anniversary #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/16

Image Folder P-5178/17

Construction Sites #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/17

Image Folder P-5178/18

Dogs #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/18

Image Folder P-5178/19

Miscellaneous #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/19

Image Folder P-5178/20

Pride Edition Homes #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." P-5178/20

Box 1

Slide carousel: Hornersville job, 1966 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 1

Slide carousel: Christmas trip to Texas, 1966 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 1

Slide carousel: Family and friends: New Orleans, poolside, Passover, New London, 50th anniversary, 1967 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 1

Slide carousel: Florida trip, 1967 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 1

Box 2

Slide carousel: Christmas Trip to Florida, 1967 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 2

Slide carousel: Walt Konda, Hot Springs, Mystic, Newport, 1968-1969 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 2

Slide carousel: Trip across Tennessee, White River, Valentine Court, New Orleans, Nassau, Luau Party, Bemidji, 1969-1971 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 2

Box 3

Slide carousel: Israel (2 carousels), 1972 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 3

Slide carousel: Western trip, Yellowstone, 1974 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 3

Slide carousel: Jamie Israel, 1975 (carousel 1 of 2), 1975 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 3

Box 4

Slide carousel: Jamie Israel, 1975 (carousel 2 of 2), 1975 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 4

Slide carousel: London, Cotswald, Blenheim, Oxford, Paris, 1976 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 4

Slide carousel: Florence, Pisa, Assissi, 1976 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 4

Slide carousel: Rome, Jeu de Paume, 1976 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 4

Box 5

Slide carousel: Venice, Lucerne, 1976 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 5

Slide carousel: Family: Beagles-JD baby with Bernie; visit to Brown and New Lodnon; Doc and Lena, 60th anniversary; Marcie graduates Lausanne; Jamie, Marcie, and Dod-Ozarks, 1976-1977 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 5

Slide carousel: Los Angeles and San Francisco, 1977 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 5

Slide carousel: Teton Day, Glacier National Park, Lake Louise, 1977 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 5

Box 6

Slide carousel: Alaska (2 carousels), 1978 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 6

Slide carousel: Victoria, Montana, Washington, Santa Fe and Durango, miscellaneous trips, 1978-1981 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 6

Slide carousel: Jacobs Camp and dogs, 1979 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 6

Box 7

Slide carousel: Family, 1979-1981 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 7

Slide carousel: Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Old Paria, 1981 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 7

Slide carousel: Red Sea Passage, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 7

Slide carousel: London and English countryside, 1984 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 7

Box 8

Slide carousel: New England, 1984 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 8

Slide carousel: Huddy Romania and Israel, 1987 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 8

Slide carousel: Russia, 1988 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 8

Slide carousel: Canadian Rockies, 1988 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 8

Box 9

Slide carousel: Van Gogh Centennial, 1990 #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 9

Slide carousel: Luba's Japan trip #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 9

Slide carousel: Marcie: Europe I #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 9

Slide carousel: Marcie: Europe II #05178, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1900-1990 and undated." Box 9

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, December 2004

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, December 2004

Revisions: Finding aid updated in January 2006 by Nancy Kaiser.

Revisions: Finding aid updated in September 2006 by Nancy Kaiser.

Revisions: Finding aid updated in October 2007 by Rachel Canada and Roslyn Holdzkom.

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