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Robert David Cohen Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms027

The Robert David Cohen Papers include correspondence from Robert Sward and Ann Quin to Cohen, written while Cohen lived in Mexico in 1968-1969, as well as poetry manuscripts written by Cohen alone and by the three authors together. The collection also contains a notebook by Cohen which held notes about Sward and notes toward The Play, a collaborative work by Sward and Cohen.


  • Creation: 1965-1969


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Biographical Information

Robert David Cohen is an American author active largely during the 1960s. He attended William Howard Taft High School and City University of New York City College. After being active in the New York poetry scene, Cohen moved to Mexico where he co-edited El Corno Emplumado/The Plumed Horn with Margaret Randall from 1968-1969. Cohen next moved to Cuba (1969-1976). After returning to the United States in 1976, Cohen worked as a journalist at the United Nations and in Washington until 1990, when he joined UNICEF as a speech writer and then communication officer. After retiring in 2008, Cohen set up the communication consulting company, Rain Barrel Communications, with Paul Hoeffel.       

Cohen was a close friend of the poet Robert Sward. Cohen, Sward, and the late British writer Ann Quin corresponded regularly and worked closely together on a number of projects in the 1960's, especially when the three were together in Mexico.

Method of Acquisition

Accession number 994. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1968 October 1

Accession number 1004. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1968 November 8

Accession number 1026. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1969 February 19

Accession number 1028. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1969 March 6

Related Materials

See also MS110 Robert Sward Papers

Processing Information

Processed April 1970

Robert David Cohen Papers
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  • 2021 April 7: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495