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Louis Cohn-Haft Papers, 1950-1988
1.667 linear feet (5 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00362

Abstract:
Correspondence, ephemera, newspaper clippings, syllabi, photographs, typescripts, and handwritten manuscripts of Louis Cohn-Haft, professor of history.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical Note

Louis Cohn-Haft was born on November 13, 1919, in New York City to Harry and Goldie (Haft) Cohn. He attended New York public schools and entered Columbia University. There, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1941 before serving in the United States Air Force from 1942-45. Returning to Columbia, he earned a master's degree in 1949, and then studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Rome from 1949-50. He stayed at Columbia to teach history from 1950-53 before accepting a position at Smith College. He later received a doctorate, also from Columbia, in 1955.

At Smith Cohn-Haft taught ancient history from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. His main research interest was ancient Greece. His publications include Public Physicians of Ancient Greece (1956) and Source Readings in Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece (1965). Cohn-Haft quickly ascended through the ranks of the department, from instructor in 1953-56, to assistant professor in 1956-58, to associate professor in 1958-63. He was named a full professor in 1963, ten years after he first came to Smith. Cohn-Haft served as chairman of the history department from 1966-69, and directed Smith's Summer Institutes for secondary school teachers from 1967-69. In addition to his teaching load at Smith, he also taught part-time at schools such as Mt. Holyoke College, UMass-Amherst, Holyoke Community College, and the Hartford College for Women.

During the 1984-85 academic year he was director of the Smith Junior Year Abroad program in Florence, Italy.

Cohn-Haft, also known as "Luigi," was a well-known figure on campus due to his frequent roles in Smith dramatic performances, his outgoing manner, and his interest in politics. He served on many college-wide committees in addition to being involved in several professional organizations and civil liberties organizations. He was an outspoken proponent of civil liberties and academic freedom, and helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War on campus. He served as chairman of the Hampshire County chapter of the ACLU from 1958-60.

Cohn-Haft married Athena Iris Capraro on April 23, 1942, and the couple had three children. He later married Betty Jane Schlerman on May 26, 1974. He died at his home in Italy on November 15, 2012 at the age of 92.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The materials in the Louis Cohn-Haft Papers concern the professor's academic teaching career, mainly at Smith College, and some of his personal interests, such as politics and dramatics.

This collection is organized into six series:

  1. SERIES I. BIOGRAPHY
  2. SERIES II. TEACHING
  3. SERIES III. HISTORY DEPARTMENT
  4. SERIES IV. COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION
  5. SERIES V. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  6. SERIES VI. OVERSIZE MATERIALS

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Louis Cohn-Haft Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00362, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The Louis Cohn-Haft Papers were donated by Louis Cohn-Haft in 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Smith College Archives, 2010. Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth Carron, 2014


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Series I: Biography



Contains materials related to Cohn-Haft's leisure activities including his extensive experience acting and singing in dramatic performances. His interest in liberal politics is well documented, showing his active support for a variety of causes, most notably the anti-Vietnam War movement. Photographs are also housed in this series

general


Box 718.3: folder 1
charity work
1957-1961

Box 718.3: folder 2
dramatics
1956-1961

Box 718.3: folder 3
dramatics
1962-79 undated

Box 718.3: folder 4
friends and aquaintainces
1960-1987

Box 718.3: folder 5
leisure activities
1956-1969

Box 718.3: folder 6
photographs


Box 718.3: folder 7
politics - 1952:Presidential Election
1952

Box 718.3: folder 8
politics - communism
1952-1974

Box 718.3: folder 9
politics - Greece
1967

Box 718.3: folder 10
politics - Student Strike, May 1970
1970

Box 718.3: folder 11
politics - Vietnam War
1966-1969

Box 718.3: folder 12
politics - miscellaneous
1952-1972

Box 718.3: folder 13
travel
1957

Box 718.3: folder 14
Athena Iris Caprano, wife
1961-1962

Box 718.3: folder 15
miscellaneous


Box 718.3: folder 16
Series II: Teaching



Documents Cohn-Haft's academic teaching career from his early years at Columbia University through his retirement from Smith in 1987. The series also includes syllabi from his courses that span decades. Materials relating to his part-time work at Hartford College for Women are also included.

Columbia University



calendars
1951 undated

Box 718.4: folder 1
college administration
1952-1953 1965

Box 718.4: folder 2
syllabi - HST 5
1950-1952

Box 718.4: folder 3
syllabi - HST 6
1951-1953

Box 718.4: folder 4
events
1951-1953

Box 718.4: folder 5
personal correspondence
1952-1953 undated

Box 718.4: folder 6
Hartford College for Women



general


Box 718.4: folder 7
administration
1976-1984

Box 718.4: folder 8
events
1966 1982

Box 718.4: folder 9
Smith College



career: promotions
1956 1958

Box 718.4: folder 10
career: sabbaticals
1969-1983

Box 718.4: folder 11
career: Symposium in Honor of Cohn-Haft
1987

Box 718.4: folder 12
career: retirement
1987

Box 718.4: folder 13
career: Miscellaneous


Box 718.4: folder 14
classes: general


Box 718.4: folder 15
classes: Schedules
1952-1954 1975-1987

Box 718.4: folder 16
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 12
1954-1956

Box 718.4: folder 17
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 12
1956-1958

Box 718.4: folder 18
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 12
1958-1960

Box 718.4: folder 19
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 12
1960-1962

Box 718.5: folder 1
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 12
1962-1964

Box 718.5: folder 2
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 12
1964-1966

Box 718.5: folder 3
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 12
1966-1969 1986

Box 718.5: folder 4
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 101
1986-1987

Box 718.5: folder 5
classes: Course Syllabi - HST 201-203
1961 1981

Box 718.5: folder 6
classes: Guest Lectures
1984-1985

Box 718.5: folder 7
classes:Junior Year Abroad Florence


Box 718.5: folder 8
Series III: History Department



Contains materials relating to the Smith College History Department. This includes departmental meeting minutes, curriculum discussions, interdepartmental social events, and plans for lectures sponsored by the department.

general


Box 718.5: folder 9
curriculum
1965-1986

Box 718.5: folder 10
events - general
1955-1984

Box 718.5: folder 11
events - departmental
1955-1983

Box 718.5: folder 12
meeting minutes
1955-1983

Box 718.5: folder 13
Series IV: College Administration



Features Cohn-Haft's interaction and involvement with the Smith administration and his work at a college-wide level. Materials include: notices for faculty meetings, documentation on general curriculum requirements, service on various policy committees and discussion of the college's tenure and promotion policies.

general


Box 719: folder 1
colleagues
1968-1988

Box 719: folder 2
committees
1957-1985

Box 719: folder 3
committees - Marshals
1977-1983

Box 719: folder 4
curriculum
1965-1974

Box 719: folder 5
faculty meetings
1960-1975

Box 719: folder 6
finances
1957-1982

Box 719: folder 7
office
1957-1987

Box 719: folder 8
tenure and promotion
1960-1976

Box 719: folder 9
Series V. Professional Activities



Houses materials relating to Cohn-Haft's professional activities besides teaching, both at Smith and beyond. Includes lectures and speeches for events such as Smith Mobile and the Alumnae College, involvement in the general Smith community, memberships in historical organizations and independent research. A few materials regarding his writings are also located here.

Alumnae College
1978-1986

Box 719: folder 10
American Association of University Professors
1969 1979

Box 719: folder 11
American Historical Association
1968 1978

Box 719: folder 12
American Philological Association
1964 1975

Box 719: folder 13
Association of Ancient Historians
1960-1976

Box 719: folder 14
books and periodicals collection
1966-1987

Box 719: folder 15
class reunions and college clubs
1959-1988

Box 719: folder 16
events - general
1954-1987

Box 719: folder 17
Father's Day
1954-1967

Box 719: folder 18
invitations
1967-1988 undated

Box 719: folder 19
lectures and speeches
1956-1986 undated

Box 719: folder 20
NDEA History Institute
1967 1969

Box 719: folder 21
organizations - miscellaneous


Box 719: folder 22
Smith Mobile
1958

Box 719: folder 23
Sophia Circus
1958-1961

Box 719: folder 24
7 writings
1951-1981

Box 719: folder 25
Series VI: Oversize



Contains a handmade poster created for a fundraising event.

poster


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Subjects
  • Cohn-Haft, Louis, 1919-2012.
  • Smith College -- Faculty


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