Wilbur J. Cohen Papers, 1930-1987

Summary Information

Title: Wilbur J. Cohen Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1987

  • Cohen, Wilbur J. (Wilbur Joseph), 1913-1987
Call Number: Mss 789; Tape 1237A

Quantity: 109.8 c.f. (279 archives boxes) and 4 tape recordings

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers, mainly 1935 to 1979, of Wilbur J. Cohen, an official in the Social Security Administration (1935-1956), assistant secretary, undersecretary, and secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1961-1969), professor of social work (1956-1960), professor of education and public welfare and dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1969-1979), and founder and co-chairman of the Save Our Security coalition. Included are appointment books, personal and professional correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, draft legislation, testimony, task force material, draft presidential messages, press releases, printed material, clippings, memoirs, writings and speeches, interview transcripts, photographs, and sound recordings. The files document the expansion of the Social Security system; the establishment of the Medicare program; social welfare policy and legislation during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations; Cohen's career as a federal official, academic, and expert and consultant on Social Security; and his activities as a writer, speaker, and advocate of government health, education, and social programs.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00789
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