Aaron Cohn PapersAaron Cohn Papers

Aaron Cohn Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Aaron Cohn Papers
Creator: Cohn, Aaron
Dates: 1931-2012
Dates: Bulk, 1945-2000
Extent: 20.0 boxes (13.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/321/AC
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Aaron Cohn (1916-2012) served as a juvenile court judge in Columbus, Georgia (1965-2011). His papers include correspondence, clippings, reports, programs, awards, scrapbooks and photographs.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Aaron Cohn was born in Columbus, Georgia, on March 3, 1916. Cohn was a first-generation American born to Russian Jewish immigrants. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1938 and was admitted to the bar the same year. He married Janet Lilienthal and together they had two daughters, Gail and Jane, and a son, Leslie.

In 1940, he volunteered for the United States Army and stayed on active duty until 1946. During World War II, he served with the 3rd U.S. Armored Cavalry in Europe in General Patton’s army and served four tours in Europe, which included liberating the concentration camp at Ebensee in northern Austria. For his efforts during the war, Cohn was awarded the Bronze Star.

Following his military career, Cohn returned to practicing law in Columbus, Georgia. In 1965, he was appointed to the bench as judge of the Juvenile Court of Muscogee County. He would hold this position until he retired in 2011. His forty-five years of service makes him one of the longest serving judges in U.S. history. Throughout his tenure, Cohn was known for his sincerity and concern for the children who came before him in court. Cohn was also a senior partner of the law firm Cohn & Cohn, P.C., where he practiced with his son, Leslie Cohn, in Columbus.

Cohn died on July 4, 2012.

Source: Hyatt, Richard. "Judge Aaron Cohn dies at 96." The Ledger-Enquirer. 5 July 2012. Web. 1 April 2015.

Scope and Content

The Aaron Cohn Papers document his career as a juvenile court judge in Columbus, Georgia, his service in World War II, and aspects of his personal and family life. The papers include correspondence, clippings, reports, programs, awards, scrapbooks and photographs.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged in two series: I. Correspondence and Personal Ephemera and II. Scrapbooks and Photographs.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Aaron Cohn Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff.


Related Materials

Access Points

Columbus (Ga.)
Georgia. Dept. of Juvenile Justice.
Judges--Georgia.
World War, 1939-1945.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Correspondence and Personal Ephemera

Extent: 3.0 boxes (1.75 linear feet)
Scope and Content: Series I. Correspondence and Personal Ephemera documents his military service, family life and tenure as a juvenile court judge and includes correspondence, clippings, reports, programs, and awards. Of note are letters that Cohn wrote home during World War II as well as his after action reports covering his military activities.
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201[Letters from Aaron Cohn to his family during World War II], 1940s
202[Letters to Janet Ann from Aaron during World War II], 1940s
203[Letters to Aaron and Janet Ann Cohn], 1940s-1960s
204[Letters and postcards sent to Gail Cohn by her parents], 1962
205[Aaron and Janet Ann Cohn wedding invitation], 1941
206[Correspondence], 1993-2006
207[After Action Reports for Major Aaron Cohn], 1944 August - 1945 May
208[World War II], 1945-1948
209[James K. Polk documents and photographs], 1945, 2004
2010[Sports], 1941-1958, 2000
2011[Biographical Sketch], circa 2005
2012-13[Clippings], 1945-2012
2014[Programs, Invitations, Events], 1971-2009
2015[Awards and Resolutions], 1975-2010
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18[Awards and Resolutions], 1958-1999
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19Plaques, 1944-2011
 

Series II. Scrapbooks and Photographs

Extent: 17.0 boxes (11.75 linear feet)
Scope and Content: Series II. Scrapbooks and Photographs documents Cohn's personal and professional life, spanning his youth in Columbus, his years at the University of Georgia, his military service and his tenure as a juvenile court judge.
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18Scrapbook [clippings, ephemera and photographs detailing Cohn's time as a UGA student and after], 1930s
18[Loose scrapbook pages], 1933-1934
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1Scrapbook [photographs and clippings detailing Cohn's time as a UGA student and service during World War II; later additions related to World War II anniversaries and events], 1930s-1940s, 1990s-2000s
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2Scrapbook [family photographs, cards and ephemera], 1940s-2010s
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3Scrapbook [clippings and photographs related to Cohn's juvenile justice work], 1960s
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4Scrapbook [clippings, cards, and letters commemorating Cohn's 50th birthday], 1965-1966
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5Scrapbook [clippings, letters, and photographs related to Cohn's juvenile justice work], 1960s-1970s
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6Scrapbook [clippings related to Cohn's juvenile justice work], 1970s
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7Scrapbook [clippings and photographs related to Cohn's "Distinguished Citizen" award and juvenile justice work], 1980s
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8Scrapbook [clippings and letters related to Cohn's juvenile justice work and recognition of his World War II service], 1980s
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9Scrapbook [clippings related to Cohn's juvenile justice work and congratulatory letters], 1990s
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131Scrapbook: "If not for you, where would we be?" [thank yous and notes regarding Cohn's juvenile justice work], 1996
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10Scrapbook [clippings and letters related to Cohn's work and awards], 1996-1997
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11Scrapbook [notice of Cohn receiving the Bronze Star for liberating a concentration camp; clippings related to juvenile justice work, birthday messages, congratulatory letters ], 1990s-2000s
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12Scrapbook [clippings and photographs commemorating Cohn's 92nd birthday, service during World War II and YMCA team in Columbus, Georgia], 2000s
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132Photograph Album [Cohn attending primarily UGA-related events], 2001-2007
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14Scrapbook [clippings and letters related to juvenile justice work], 2002-2007
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15Scrapbook [clippings and letters related to juvenile justice work], 2003-2004
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16Scrapbook [photographs, clippings and letters related to The Aaron Cohn Youth Development Center in Columbus, Georgia], 2004
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17Scrapbook [commemorating the Chattahoochee Valley's World War II veterans invited to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial], 2009
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133Scrapbook [commemorating publication of Cohn's memoir "Judge Aaron Cohn: Memoirs of a First Generation American"] 2009, 2009
134Scrapbooks [photographs, clippings, birthday cards and letters commemorating Cohn's 93rd birthday], 2009
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18Photograph: Soldiers at Camp Gordon, Georgia, circa 1945
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2016-17Photographs [Cohn in his youth, during World War II, and as a judge], 1930s-2000s