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Remembering Morris L. Cohen

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Morris L. CohenThe staff of the Charles B. Sears Law Library mourns the passing of Morris L. Cohen, who played an enormously important role in the development of law librarianship in the United States.

In his long and illustrious career Cohen served as the director of the law libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and Yale.  Cohen’s first directorship, however, was at what was then known as the University of Buffalo Law School, where he served as Director from 1961 to 1963. While at Buffalo, Cohen purchased items that became the foundation for the Charles B. Sears Law Library’s rare book collection. In 1981, the University Council renamed the collection the Morris L. Cohen Special/Rare Book Collection in recognition of Cohen’s role in its creation as well as his commitment to rare books and American legal bibliography.

Although Cohen left Buffalo in 1963 to become director of the law library at Penn Law School, he often visited Buffalo and remained a great friend of the Charles B. Sears Law Library. We will greatly miss him.

For a fuller account of Morris Cohen’s career,

Note: The Yale Law Library has set up an obituary page in honor of Morris Cohen. It provides links to various eulogies, and it also provides a place where those who wish may post their own tributes. The address is:

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