Collection consists of correspondence, writings, working papers for seminars and lecture programs, photographs, personal ephemera, and printed matter. Bulk is correspondence mainly concerning Cohn's work at the ILGWU. Writings include speeches, articles, plays, notes, and other materials on topics such as workers' education, labor, the activities and history of the ILGWU, and the role of women in the labor movement. ILGWU series contains office files of the Educational Dept. with minutes, reports, lists of courses, lecture materials, and printed matter. Also, general files of various organizations in which Cohn was active, Edwin Markham Testimonial Committee correspondence, photographs of Cohn, personal ephemera, and printed materials issued by education and labor groups.
Additional physical form: Entire collection available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Additional physical form: Copies of the microfilm of the collection are also available at the Labor Management Documentation Center, Catherwood Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; and at the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Bobst Library, New York University, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.
Acquisition: 1963 Selub, Clarice Gift
Biographical/historical: Fannia M. Cohn (ca. 1885-1962) was a labor official and educator. She emigrated to the U.S. from Russia in 1904 and served as vice president of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) from 1916 to 1925 and as executive secretary of the union's Educational Department from 1918 to 1962. She was active in various labor, education and Jewish organizations.