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Edward Maurice Cohart papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1319

Scope and Contents

The Edward M. Cohart Papers consist of office files from the early part of his career as a professor of public health at Yale. They document his two major projects: the development of a Cancer Control Program at Yale, and a research project consisting of time studies of public health personnel. The Cancer Control Program approached cancer as a public health problem, to be dealt with on a community basis. The program involved both cancer research and special training for various types of public health workers. The personnel research project, co-directed by William R. Willard, used time studies to determine the content and requirements of public health jobs. The project studied 1648 people in six states. Both of these projects were supported by grants from the United States Public Health Service.

The office files consist of correspondence, writings, reports, research materials, samples of questionnaires and other forms from the personnel research project, grant materials and printed matter. They have been arranged in a single alphabetical sequence, by name of correspondent or by type of material. The central working files for the projects described above will be found under the headings "Yale Public Health Personnel Research Project" and "Yale University School of Medicine. Department of Public Health: Cancer Control Program," but most of the other papers also concern these two projects. There are two folders of correspondence with Ira V. Hiscock, the chairman of the Yale Department of Public Health during this period, but most of the exchanges concern routine departmental matters.

The papers were accessioned from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, ca. 1971.

Dates

  • 1936-1978

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were accessioned from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, ca. 1971. Gift of Mary Cohart, 1995.

Arrangement

Arranged by inventory and additional material.

Extent

7.75 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1319

Overview

The papers consist of office files and course material which document Edward M. Cohart's career as professor of public health. There is extensive material for two major projects: the development of a Cancer Control Program at Yale and a research project of time studies of public health personnel. These papers form part of the Contemporary Medical Care and Health Policy Collection.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Maurice Cohart was born in 1909. He received a B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1928 and a M.D. in 1933. Cohart was in private practice from 1935-1942. He received a M.P.H. degree in 1947, and was a cancer control consultant for the United States Public Health Service from 1947-1948. Cohart was an associate professor of public health at Yale University from 1948-1956, a professor of public health from 1956-1960, and the C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Public Health from 1960-1978.

EDWARD MAURICE COHART, 1909 -

1909
born in Brooklyn, N. Y.; son of Maurice Abraham and Emma (Chess) Cohart
1928
received B. A. from Columbia University
1933
received M. D.
1933
married Mary Schleifer
1935-1942
in private practice
1947
received M. P. H.
1947-1948
cancer control consultant, United States Public Health Service
1948-1956
Associate professor of public health, Yale University
1955-1956
Deputy commissioner of Department of Health, New York City; also consultant in public health at Institute of Public Administration, N. Y.
1956
received Honorary M. A. from Yale University
1956-1960
Professor of public health, Yale University
1960-1978
Charles-Edward A. Winslow Professor of Public Health, Yale University
1961
Acting chairman, Department of Public Health, Yale University
1965-1968
Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Schools of Public Health
1966-1967
President, New England Public Health Association
1966-1968
Chairman, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University,
1978
Charles-Edward A. Winslow Professor Emeritus of Public Health, Yale University
-from Who's Who in America, 40th ed., 1978-1979, p. 635; Historical Register of Yale University,1951-1968, p. 219
Title
Guide to the Edward Maurice Cohart Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by John Espy
Date
June 1983
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
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New Haven, CT 06511

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