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Manuscript Collection No. 778
Joseph Cohen was born on March 23, 1902 in Kansas City, Missouri. After attending the University of Kansas and the University of Colorado, Cohen obtained his LLB at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1924.
Prior to entering law practice, Cohen worked as a newspaper reporter for the Kansas City Star for seven years. In 1924 Cohen organized the Kansas Association of B’nai B’rith Lodges. Remaining active in B’nai B’rith, Cohen was later elected president of District Grand Lodge No. 2 and was a member of the national commission of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith for 35 years.
In the early years of his law practice, Cohen earned a reputation for winning civil case judgments on behalf of African American clients. He often spoke in favor of fair employment laws and maintained an interest in civil rights legislation throughout his career. Cohen was also a banker, being chairman of the board of Rosedale State Bank and Trust Company of Kansas City and the Metcalf State Bank of Overland Park, Kansas.
Very active in communal affairs, Cohen was a member and officer in many groups, including the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and numerous other local groups. Cohen was a member of Congregation B’nai Jehudah, Kansas City, and an honorary member of the board of Congregation Ohev Sholom, Prairie Village, Kansas.
Married to Margaret Pollock, Cohen had three children: Barton, Hildred, and Miles. Following Margaret’s death, Cohen married Marjorie Blond.
Joseph Cohen died on September 2, 1974.
Barton P. Cohen
Joseph’s son, Barton P. Cohen (1930-2006) assumed control of the Metcalf State Bank upon his father’s death. Together with his wife Mary, Barton was also very involved in the Kansas City area community. Through his professional and charitable activities Barton made a lasting impact in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities of Kansas City, as his papers attest.
The Joseph and Barton Cohen Papers contain personal and business papers of Joseph Cohen, a Kansas City banker and lawyer, together with papers of his son, Barton. Included in the collection are family photographs, medallions, and mini cassette recordings of Israeli leaders.
Series A and B of this collection have been digitized. The full contents of each file in these series are available for viewing by clicking on the link next to the folder heading. Series C, as well as the restricted files in the collection, have not been digitized.
Funding for this digitization was provided by Dr. Mary Cohen.
This collection is arranged in three (3) series:
Terms of Access and Use
The Joseph and Barton Cohen Papers are open to all users with the exception of the following box/folder: 1/5, 2/5, 2/6, 3/1, 3/2, and 4/3. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Dr. Mary Cohen, by the act of donating the Joseph and Barton Cohen Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Cohen heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Included with this collection was a large amount of non-print materials (photographs and audio recordings) of Joseph and Barton Cohen. More information on these items may be obtained through the online catalog of the American Jewish Archives.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Joseph and Barton Cohen Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Joseph and Barton Cohen Papers, MS-778, Box [#], Folder [#]. MS-778. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Joseph and Barton Cohen Papers were received from Dr. Mary Cohen of Overland Park, Kansas in 2009.
Processed by Kevin Proffitt, December 2009.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA Online Catalog.
Persons and Families
Cohen, Barton, 1930-2006.
B'nai B'rith -- Kansas.
B'nai B'rith. Anti-defamation League.
Congregation B'nai Jehudah (Kansas City, Mo.)
Iraq War, 2003-2011.
Jewish bankers -- Missouri -- Kansas City.
Kansas City (Mo.)