IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

 

 

GERTRUDE COHEN (1913-  )

 

PAPERS, 1964-1991

1 linear inch

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The papers (donor no. 501) were donated by Gertrude Cohen in 1998.

ACCESS:

The papers are open for research.

ARTIFACTS:

In box 1.

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In box 1.

PROCESSED BY:

James Boucher, 1998. [CohenGertrude.doc]

 

 

 


Biography

Gertrude Siegel was born on November 1, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois.  Siegel graduated from North High School in Minneapolis, and continued her education at the University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology in 1934.  In 1936, Siegel married New Yorker Ben Cohen; the couple moved to Waterloo, Iowa in 1941.  The Cohens had two children, a son Loren, and a daughter Devra (later Devra Marcus).

 

In 1965 Gertrude Cohen became the first Jewish woman elected to the Iowa Legislature.  Cohen served a term (1965-1966) in the Iowa House of Representatives as a Democrat from Black Hawk county.  Cohen served on the House Committees of Education, Industrial and Human Relations, and Public Health.  Cohen has also been active in a variety of civic, political, and religious organizations.

           

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            The Gertrude Cohen» papers date from »1964 to 1991 and measure »1 linear inch.  The papers consist almost exclusively of material documenting Cohen’s term in the Iowa General Assembly.  The correspondence is mostly congratulatory.  However, there are some letters from constituents.  Two photographs, one of former Governor of Iowa Harold Hughes with Cohen and the other of Cohen's husband, Ben Cohen, are also included.

 

Related Collections

 

“A Political Dialogue: Iowa’s Women Legislators” oral history project

This collection contains the transcript of an oral history interview with Cohen conducted by Suzanne Schenken in 1991.

 

 

Box no.   Description

Box 1

Biographical information, 1964-1965

Political activism

Campaign, 1964-1966 and undated

Iowa Civil Rights Commission, undated

County Jail Study Committee, undated

Economic issues, 1965 and undated

House Education Committee, undated

Newspaper clippings, 1964-1965 and undated

Correspondence, 1964-1991 and undated

Photographs, undated

Artifacts, undated [legislative nametag]