Collection ID: MS 1319

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Cohart, Edward
Date:
1936-1978
Abstract:
The papers consist of office files and course material which document Edward M. Cohart's career as professor of public health. There is extensive material for two major projects: the development of a Cancer Control Program at Yale and a research project of time studies of public health personnel. These papers form part of the Contemporary Medical Care and Health Policy Collection.
Extent:
7.75 Linear Feet
Language:
English

Background

Acquisition information:
The papers were accessioned from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, ca. 1971. Gift of Mary Cohart, 1995.
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Edward M. Cohart Papers consist of office files from the early part of his career as a professor of public health at Yale. They document his two major projects: the development of a Cancer Control Program at Yale, and a research project consisting of time studies of public health personnel. The Cancer Control Program approached cancer as a public health problem, to be dealt with on a community basis. The program involved both cancer research and special training for various types of public health workers. The personnel research project, co-directed by William R. Willard, used time studies to determine the content and requirements of public health jobs. The project studied 1648 people in six states. Both of these projects were supported by grants from the United States Public Health Service.

The office files consist of correspondence, writings, reports, research materials, samples of questionnaires and other forms from the personnel research project, grant materials and printed matter. They have been arranged in a single alphabetical sequence, by name of correspondent or by type of material. The central working files for the projects described above will be found under the headings "Yale Public Health Personnel Research Project" and "Yale University School of Medicine. Department of Public Health: Cancer Control Program," but most of the other papers also concern these two projects. There are two folders of correspondence with Ira V. Hiscock, the chairman of the Yale Department of Public Health during this period, but most of the exchanges concern routine departmental matters.

The papers were accessioned from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, ca. 1971.

Biographical / Historical:

Edward Maurice Cohart was born in 1909. He received a B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1928 and a M.D. in 1933. Cohart was in private practice from 1935-1942. He received a M.P.H. degree in 1947, and was a cancer control consultant for the United States Public Health Service from 1947-1948. Cohart was an associate professor of public health at Yale University from 1948-1956, a professor of public health from 1956-1960, and the C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Public Health from 1960-1978.

EDWARD MAURICE COHART, 1909 -
Date Event
1909 born in Brooklyn, N. Y.; son of Maurice Abraham and Emma (Chess) Cohart
1928 received B. A. from Columbia University
1933 received M. D.
1933 married Mary Schleifer
1935 in private practice
1947 received M. P. H.
1947 cancer control consultant, United States Public Health Service
1948 Associate professor of public health, Yale University
1955 Deputy commissioner of Department of Health, New York City; also consultant in public health at Institute of Public Administration, N. Y.
1956 received Honorary M. A. from Yale University
1956 Professor of public health, Yale University
1960 Charles-Edward A. Winslow Professor of Public Health, Yale University
1961 Acting chairman, Department of Public Health, Yale University
1965 Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Schools of Public Health
1966 President, New England Public Health Association
1966 Chairman, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University,
1978 Charles-Edward A. Winslow Professor Emeritus of Public Health, Yale University

-from Who's Who in America, 40th ed., 1978-1979, p. 635; Historical Register of Yale University,1951-1968, p. 219

Arrangement:

Arranged by inventory and additional material.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale Campus
New Haven, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 432-1735
mssa.assist@yale.edu