Preliminary Guide to the Arthur L. Cohen Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Cohen, Arthur L., 1916-1999
Arthur L. Cohen Papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1872-1990
7.5 Linear feet 8 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use) MS.2008.32: 2-4-19-6; MS.2015.18: 1-38-13-1.
Most materials are in English, with a small amount in German and other languages.

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Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Arthur L. Cohen (1916-1999), was a Professor in the Department of Botany and Biological Sciences at Washington State University from 1962 to 1999, and served as the founding Director of the Electron Microscope Center at WSU from 1962 to 1979. Dr. Cohen received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stanford University in 1937, his Master of Science in Botany from Harvard University in 1939, and his Ph.D. in Botany from Harvard University in 1940. He served as a Guggenheim Fellow at the Technical University in Delft, Holland. While a professor at WSU, Dr. Cohen served as a Visiting Professor of Research in Cytochemistry at Yale University and Yale Medical School, and was also Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Sri Lanka. He authored over fifty scientific publications and pioneered preparation techniques for scanning electron microscopy and critical point drying.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains professional papers of Dr. Arthur L. Cohen, received in multiple installments.

MS.2008.32: this accession includes research notes and publications on plant DNA and coding, growth hormones in wheat, cryobiology, protoplasmic streaming, radiomimetic effects, photosynthetic bacteria, autotrophic bacteria, mathematical relationships in electron optics, scanning electron microscopy, permeability of osmotic effects, and critical point drying.It also contains professional incoming and outgoing correspondence from 1986 to 1990, Cohen's curriculum vitae from 1970, copies of his grant proposals and applications, and lecture materials.

MS.2015.18: This accession includes: correspondence; presentations and publications by Cohen; grant files; papers related to an unpublished book on scanning electron microscopy; files reflecting Cohen's work on critical point drying; files related to his work as director of the Electron Microscopy Center at Washington State University; audiovisual media; and journal articles collected by Cohen, classified and filed by subject.

Preliminary inventory (MS.2015.18):

Boxes 1-2. Journal articles, classified by subject.

Box 3. Journal articles (continued); Cohen talks, papers, and seminars; travel and grants.

Box 4. Travel and grants (continued); Scanning Electron Microscopy book and miscellaneous SEM papers; Critical Point Drying.

Box 5. Washington State University Electron Microscopy Center; Cohen correspondence; miscellaneous papers.

Box 6. Audiovisual media: VHS cassettes (2), standard audiocassettes (8), and microcassettes (11).

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Julia Cohen to the Washington State University Libraries in 2008 (MS 2008-32) and 2015 (MS.2015.18).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cohen, Arthur L., 1916-1999


  • Botany
  • Electron microscopy
  • Scientists--Washington (State)--Archives

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