The Joann Cohn Cazden Collection contains letters from Gary Snyder (1930-) to the then Joann Cohn (b. ca. 1930-), Snyder's
poems and journal entries, and a small number of photographs and clippings. The collection spans the years 1945 to 1965, but
the bulk of it dates 1945 to 1948 from a time when Cohn and Snyder were teenagers in Portland, Oregon. Much of the material
has to do with the outdoors, camping, hiking, mountain climbing, love, poetry, and music. After doing her undergraduate work
at Stanford University and receiving her MLS from the University of California at Berkeley, Cohn married Robert E. Cazden
and lived for many years in Lexington, Kentucky. Gary Snyder, the influential poet, essayist, environmentalist, and lecturer,
has written more than twenty books of poetry and prose including his forty-year work
Mountains and Rivers Without End (1996) and
Turtle Island for which he won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Joann Louise Cohn (b. ca. 1930-) attended high school in Portland, Oregon during the mid to late 1940s. Cohn and Gary Snyder
(1930-) became friends in 1946 when they were both teenagers. They sent each other letters and poems when one or the other
left Portland for vacation, summer camp, or later college. Cohn graduated from Stanford in 1952. She received a Masters degree
in Library Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1955. Cohn married Robert E. Cazden, and the couple and
their children lived for many years in Lexington, Kentucky. Robert Cazden was a professor of Library Science at the University
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