Finding Aid for the Henry Cohen papers, 1957-1988

Processed by Dan Luckenbill and Lilace Hatayama; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry Cohen papers
Date (inclusive): 1957-1988
Collection number: 1556
Creator: Cohen, Henry, 1933-
Extent: 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box.
Abstract: Henry Cohen (1933- ) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was an assistant professor of history at California State College at Long Beach (1964-69), assistant professor (1969-71), then associate professor of history at Loyola University in Chicago. The collection consists of correspondence, memos, notes, clippings, court records, transcripts, photographs, and typescripts related to and arising from investigations of civil liberties violations in Long Beach, California.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Henry Cohen, 1988.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry Cohen papers (Collection 1556). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964296 


Cohen was born on September 23, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York; BA, Columbia University, 1955; Ph.D, Cornell University, 1965; instructor in history, Ohio State University, 1962-64; assistant professor of history, California State College at Long Beach, 1964-69; assistant professor, 1969-71, then associate professor of history, Loyola University (Chicago); member, American Historical Association, Economic History Association, and Organization of American Historians; wrote Business and Politics in America from the Age of Jackson to the Civil War (1971) and Brutal Justice: the Ordeal of an American City (1980).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, memos, notes, clippings, court records, transcripts, photographs, and typescripts related to and arising from investigations of civil liberties violations in Long Beach, California. Most material relates to incidents during the 1960s, including a case of police brutality in 1966.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Cohen, Henry, 1933- --Archives.
California State University, Long Beach--Faculty--Archival resources.
Historians--California, Southern--Archival resources.
Civil rights--Research--California--Long Beach.

Container List


3 envelopes restricted material. Shelved in vault.

Box 1, Folder 1

General police background, copy Lankford vs. Gelstoa.


Proposed by me as basis of possible ACLU civil injunction proceeding vs. Long Beach Police Department.
Box 1, Folder 2

Clippings from Long Beach IPT morgue, last visit there ca. 1979-1981.

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence re Long Beach book and other U.S. criminal justice anthology.

Box 1, Folder 4

Long Beach, edited typescript of book.

Box 1, Folder 5

Miscellaneous other Long Beach episodes and cases.

Box 1, Folder 6

Long Beach police, individuals, etc.--notes, interviews, arts, etc.

Box 1, Folder 7

Late stages and aftermath of book.

Box 1, Folder 8

Typescripts of papers given at professional meetings.

Box 1, Folder 9

Long Beach miscellaneous institutions, late 1960s.

Box 2, Folder 1

Long Beach justice, institutions, etc.

Box 2, Folder 2

John Jay Press, correspondence about book.

Box 2, Folder 3

Long Beach--race.

Box 2, Folder 4

Long Beach structures of influence and power.

Box 2, Folder 5

Long Beach economics, politics.

Box 2, Folder 6

Long Beach newspapers.

Box 2, Folder 7

Duplicates, some Henry Cohen and ACLU interviews.

Box 3, Folder 1

Long Beach State College.

Box 3, Folder 2

Reconstruction Civil Rights Act (Long Beach implications).

Box 3, Folder 3

International Society of Political Psychology meeting. Mannheim, 1981.

Box 3, Folder 4

Appearances on programs in Illinois prisons: Stateville, Joliet.

Box 3, Folder 5

1st(?) course in U.S. criminal justice history in any history department(?).

Box 3, Folder 6

Other program appearances stemming from Long Beach work.

Box 3, Folder 7

American Historical Association 1975(?) program including Long Beach paper.

Box 3, Folder 8

Clark case Robert Ben.

Box 3, Folder 9

Gibbs case (cross-reference: officer Geo. W. Holton).

Box 3, Folder 10

Nylander, Roy.

Box 3, Folder 11

Hunt case Richard A.

Box 3, Folder 12

Merrit case Bon(?) Reynolds.

Box 3, Folder 13

Kime case.

Box 3, Folder 14

Eiden case William Bruce.

Box 3, Folder 15

Robison case Jack Delbert.

Box 3, Folder 16

Bissett case Patrick G.

Box 3, Folder 17

Scruggs case.

Box 3, Folder 18

Harrington case Robert Bernard.

Box 3, Folder 19

Freeman / Bluhm.

Box 3, Folder 20

Snyder case Evelyn Faye.

Box 3, Folder 21

Collins case.

Box 3, Folder 22

Hohenauer case Dennis W.

Box 3, Folder 23

Thacher case Roger I.

Box 3, Folder 24

Franklin case David G.

Box 3, Folder 25

Blair case.

Box 3, Folder 26

case: Finch and Thiele. Institute for Psychological Therapies (IPT) clips.

Box 3, Folder 27

Medical ppl, etc.

Box 4, Folder 1

Karlik case Olde.

Box 4, Folder 2

Magdaleno case Richard.

Box 4, Folder 3


Box 4, Folder 4

Giles case.

Box 4, Folder 5

Ver Beek case.

Box 4, Folder 6

Teen posts.

Box 4, Folder 7

Bar raids (morals charges).

Box 4, Folder 8

Vietnam pickets.

Box 4, Folder 9

Young Americans for Freedom arrests.

Box 4, Folder 10

Ritchy case Donald Clark.

Box 4, Folder 11

Homosexual cases.

Box 4, Folder 12

June 1968 Long Beach State College campus arrests (political demonstrations).

Box 4, Folder 13

Hattersley case Clarence.

Box 4, Folder 14

MacDougall, Stewart and Becker, Louise case.

Box 4, Folder 15

Hall case Howard.

Box 4, Folder 16

Conner case Eugene.

Box 4, Folder 17

Officer Vershaw Dennis.

Box 4, Folder 18

Davis - Wetzel case.

Box 4, Folder 19

Carpenter case.

Box 4, Folder 20

Hunter killing.

Box 4, Folder 21

Earlier charge of "obscenity": never any indication this was later known, let alone had any later effect, in Long Beach matter.

Box 4, Folder 22

Grand jury Everts complaint.

Box 4, Folder 23

McCabe affair.

Box 4, Folder 24

Everts case within Long Beach State College.

Box 4, Folder 25

Personal courtroom notes of trial of S. and B. in matter of C. Everts.

Box 4, Folder 26

McIntosh, president California State University Long Beach.

Box 5, Folder 1

Everts affair, 1969.

Box 5, Folder 2

Lankford vs. Gelston--possible model suggested by Walter Gellhorn.

Box 5, Folder 3

Everts fund--donation and outlay.

Box 5, Folder 4

Personal notes, etc.

Box 5, Folder 5

Basic file. Washington, December 14-20, 1966; New York, December 22-23.

Box 5, Folder 6

Everts case.

Box 5, Folder 7

C. Everts statement at California State University Long Beach some days after, basic memo addendum.

Box 6, Folder

U.S.A. vs. Warren Joseph Simpson (Everts case)--6 bound items (2 more in next box).

Box 7, Folder 1

Spater documentary photos [other items in envelope] given to Henry Cohen in consequence of his Long Beach investigation.

Box 7, Folder 2

Spater clippings, etc.

Box 7, Folder 3

Simpson trial.

Box 7, Folder 4

Simpson trial.

Box 7, Folder 5

Miscellaneous Events.

Box 8, Folder 1

Robert Connor Everts vs. City of Long Beach--deposition.

Box 8, Folder 2

Events--medical and other photos.

Box 8, Folder 3

E. Investigation--photocopies from Cray, The big blue line, pages particularly noted during E. investigation.

Box 8, Folder 4

Officer Holton.

Box 8, Folder 5

Police / community relation, a Citizen's Advisory Committee Report presented to the mayor and the members of the city council, Long Beach, California. 2 copies.

Box 8, Folder 6

Expenditure and employment data for the criminal justice system, 1969-1970.

Box 8, Folder 7

Names on file cards.

Box 9, Folder 1

Hunter inquest.

Box 9, Folder 2

Judge Hauk.

Box 9, Folder 3

Lipton vs. Moore.

Box 9, Folder 4

Reconstruction origins of Federal protection vs. police abuse.

Box 9, Folder 5

Long Beach, 1970s-1980s.

Box 9, Folder 6

Everts material from A.J. Gottlieb, Long Beach.

Box 9, Folder 7

Slides of medical photographs in the Everts and McCabe cases.

Flat box 10

Primarily clippings about Long Beach police, 1980s.