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Sidney Cohen papers

Identifier: umja0028

Scope and Content

This collection consists of four log books, each small notebooks with black covers, written in with ink and pencil. Note that in the log books he refers to himself as J. Sydney Cohen -- the correct spelling is Sidney, according to census records, and the J. is possibly Jacob although this is not clear. Also included is ephemera related to Sidney's brother, Archibald Cohen, as well as notes on the contents of the collection.


  • Creation: 1917-1925


Use of Materials

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

This collection documents the first few months that Sidney Cohen spent in the Hospital Corp in the United States Navy during World War I. The log books detail his time traveling West to Oregon for training, then traveling back through Chicago and Michigan before arriving in Toronto, Canada. Born in 1896 in Minnesota, Jacob(?) Sidney Cohen was the son of Jewish Polish immigrants Joseph and Ida who appeared to have eight or nine children and lived in Minneapolis. Sidney was only 21 when he enlisted in the Hospital Corp. Further information regarding his life is not known. The collection was donated by Robert S. Lane; Sidney Cohen was Robert's uncle through Robert's mother Sarah Cohen Lane.


0.20 Cubic Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

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This collection consists of four log books detailing Sidney Cohen's time spent in the Hospital Corp of the United States Navy during World War I.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Source of acquisition

Materials donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Robert S. Lane.

Digitized Materials

All of the contents of this collection have been digitized and are available through UMedia. Links to the digitized contents are included in each folder listing. The entire collection can be found at:

Sidney Cohen papers, 1917-1925
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
January 2015
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