Don Cohon papers, 1964-2015Rauner Manuscript MS-1347

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Title:

Don Cohon papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1347

Collection Dates:

1964-2015

Size of Collection:

6.2 linear ft., 7 boxes

Abstract:

J. Donald Cohon Jr, (b. 1943). Dartmouth College Class of 1965. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, diaries, reports and audio reels related to his service as a teacher in Vietnam for the IVS (International Volunteer Services) and his work with refugees while he was a mental health professional in California.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by J. Donald Cohon

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Don Cohon contain correspondence, photographs, diaries, reports and audio related to his service as a teacher in Vietnam for the IVS (International Volunteer Services) and his work with refugees while he was a mental health professional in California. Correspondents include Hugh Swift and several of his former students. Of note are the letters to his parents and his diaries detailing his experiences, interactions and observations as a civilian working in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Biography

J. Donald Cohon Jr. was born on December 31, 1943. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965. From 1965-1967, he served with the International Voluntary Services (IVS) in Vietnam, where he taught English to students at the Vung Tau High School. After leaving IVS, Cohon joined the US Army as an interpreter/translator for Chinese Mandarin in Taiwan. He was honorably discharged from this position in 1971. After returning to the United States he began his graduate studies at the University of Southern California. He graduated from that institution with a Ph.D in 1975. Over the next forty years, Cohon worked as a program director, principal investigator, grant writer, clinician and consultant. He also worked for a variety of social service departments and organizations in California, including the Southeast Asian Refugee Mental Health Project, the South Carolina Agency for Refugee Resettlement, the Family and Children's Division of the San Francisco Department of Social Services, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Administration on Children, Youth, Families, the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, where for 19 years he directed the Institute for the Study of Community-Based Services. He also taught a course covering social policies and clinical issues of refugees and immigrants at the Graduate School of Social Welfare at the University of California Berkeley. Cohon is the author of "The Collection of Raday Customs of Darlac" (1966, Ed.), "Psychological Adaptation and Dysfunction Among Refugees" (1981), "Crime and Violence Among Asian/Pacific Islander Youth: Delinquency Prevention Strategies" (1985), and “A Preliminary Study of an Intervention with Kin Caregivers” (2005). Cohen has also been published in professional journals including the "Children and Youth Services Review," and the "Journal of Intergenerational Relationships." Cohon has been active on many community service boards in the San Francisco area where he is currently a consultant to the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL), a non-profit agency, as well as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: IVS (international Volunteer Services), 1964-2015

Contains correspondence, newsletter, photographs, slides, brochures and diaries chronicling Cohon's experiences of being a teacher at Ving Tau High School in Vietnam through the IVS. Some material including photographs related to reunions of the high school and Cohon's trips to the area are also included.

Box: 1, 1964-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Mission Statment, 1953-2003, 2003
  • Folder: 2, "The Fortunate Few-IVS Volunteers," by Thierry J. Sagnier, 2015
  • Folder: 3, "The Vietnamese Story of International Volunteer Services," by Winburn T. Thomas, 1972
  • Folder: 4, "IVS Reporter," newsletter, 1964, 1969
  • Folder: 5, Printed material regarding working as a teacher in Vietnam, circa 1966
  • Folder: 6, Three notebooks for unpublished manuscript, undated
  • Folder: 7, Unpublished manuscript of Pvt. Joseph D. Cohon Jr., undated
  • Folder: 8, Diary , 1965
  • Folder: 9, Diary , 1966
  • Folder: 10, Diary of Yen, in Vietnamese with photograph, circa 1967
  • Folder: 11, Diary page, typed, circa 1970
  • Folder: 12, Dan Cohon's Newsletter, 1965-1967
  • Folder: 13, IVS newsletters by others, 1964-1966
  • Folder: 14, "Vietnam News Views from the Field," newsletter of the United Methodist Church, 1968
  • Folder: 15, "Vietnam Report," edited by Dan Cohon, in English and Vietnamese, 1966
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence, 1964-1966
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence, 1967
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: Than Nien, 1967
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence: Letter from Don Cohon regarding education in Vietnam, circa 1967
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence: Letters from Don Cohon to government agencies regarding employment, 1966
  • Folder: 21, Correspondence: Personal, including Vietnamese letters, 1966-1968
  • Folder: 22, Correspondence: Greeting cards, 1965-1967
  • Folder: 23, Memo to General Nguyen Cao Ky, 1965
  • Folder: 24, Miscellaneous clippings with notes by Don Cohon, 1965-1968
  • Folder: 25, "The Cahett-Chi Phi," newsletter, 1966-04
  • Folder: 26, End of tour report by Don Cohon, 1967
  • Folder: 27, Photographs: Vietnamese Protest march, 1965
  • Folder: 28, Photographs: Vietnam with clippings, 1965-1967
  • Folder: 29, Photographs: Don Cohon and students, circa 1966
  • Folder: 30, Photographs: Dalat Christmas and Vung Tau fishing, 1965
  • Folder: 31, Photographs: Saigon, 1967
  • Folder: 32, Photographs: Saigon and Vang Tau, 1965-1967
  • Folder: 33, Photographs: Slides: Vietnam, circa 1970
  • Folder: 34, Ephemera: Vietnam, 1965-1967
  • Folder: 35, Map: Patrol Road of East West Tie Lines, undated
  • Folder: 36, Correspondence: Official, 1978-2001
  • Folder: 37, Annual Reports, 1990-1996
  • Folder: 38, IVS Memoranda, 1965-1967
  • Folder: 39, "The Collection of Raday Customs of Dorlac, undated
  • Folder: 40, "The Wool-O-Rama," Chi newsletter, 1965-1966
  • Folder: 41, Background notes on Vietnam, undated
  • Folder: 42, IVS-Laos project description, 1956-1964, undated
  • Folder: 43, Correspondence: Don Luce with newsletter by Luce and "Tiger Cages" articles, 1993-2015
  • Folder: 44, "IVS Alumni Link," newsletter, 1991-2015
  • Folder: 45, "Developments," newsletter, 1988-1996
  • Folder: 46, "IVS Newsletter", 2000-2001
  • Folder: 47, "Vung Tau High School Reunion," publications, 2004-2007
  • Folder: 48, 45th Anniversary West Coast Reunion, 1998
  • Folder: 49, Photographs: Reunion of Vung Tau High School in California, circa 1998
  • Folder: 50, Photographs: Vung Tau High School Reunion, circa 1998
  • Folder: 51, Vung Tau High School Alumni Association with remarks by Don Cohon, 2012
  • Folder: 52, Transcript of interview of Don Cohon by Mark Gilbert with IVS data, 1997
  • Folder: 53, IVS 35th Anniversary, 1988
  • Folder: 54, Correspondence: Letters and cards from former students, 2001-2004

Box: 2, 1970-2009

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Trip to Vietnam and Lagos, 1998
  • Folder: 2, Trip to Vietnam, 1999
  • Folder: 3, Trip to Vietnam with diary and photographs, 1999
  • Folder: 4, Trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with letters and photographs, 2007
  • Folder: 5, Trip to Vietnam with diary and photographs, 2007
  • Folder: 6, Trip to Vietnam and China with diary and photographs, 2009
  • Folder: 7, Maps of Vietnam , circa 1970-1984

Series: Refugees, 1976-1990

Contains correspondence, articles, reports and other writings related to Cohon's work on the mental health issues of refugees, in particular refugees from the Indochinese areas of Asia.

Box: 3, 1976-1990

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "Refugees in America," Week 1-3, conference, undated
  • Folder: 2, "Refugees in America," Week 5-8, conference, undated
  • Folder: 3, International Agencies for Refugees and US Legislation on Immigration, 1980-1984
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, 1976-1979
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, 1980
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence, 1981
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence, 1982
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence, 1982
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence, 1983-1984
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence, 1985
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, 1986
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence, 1986-1988
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence, 1988-1990

Box: 4, 1978-1986

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Vu Minh Giam case, 1983
  • Folder: 2, "Preventative Mental Health in the ESL Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers," by J. Donald Cohon et. al, 1986
  • Folder: 3, "Psychological Adaptation and Dysfunction among Refugees," by J. Donald Cohon Jr., undated
  • Folder: 4, Articles by Don Cohon, 1980-1989
  • Folder: 5, Training Workshops, 1982-1986
  • Folder: 6, Indochinese Mental Health Project, 1978-1979
  • Folder: 7, Indochinese Mental Health Project: Directory San Francisco Bay Area, undated
  • Folder: 8, Indochinese Mental Health Project: Flyers, undated
  • Folder: 9, Indochinese Mental Health Project: Directory, 1980
  • Folder: 10, Indochinese Mental Health Project: "A Task Oriented Approach for Training Indochinese Mental Health Workers," by J. Donald Cohon Jr. , undated
  • Folder: 11, Indochinese Mental Health Project: Proposal for the continuation of the project by Don Cohon, 1978
  • Folder: 12, Indochinese Mental Health Project: Proposal for Fourth Year, 1980
  • Folder: 13, South East Asian Mental Health slide show, undated

Series: Personal, 1964-2015

Contains personal correspondence, primarily to Don Cohon as well as 3" audio reels, "Living Letters." Correspondents include his parents, Hugh Swift and several of his former students.

Box: 5, 1965-2008

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: To parents, 1965
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: To parents, 1966-01-1966-06
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: To parents, 1966-07-1966-12
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: To parents, 1967
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: To parents, 1970-1971
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: To parents, undated
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: From parents, 1969-1977
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: To Helen Schorer and Gertrude Yates (aunts), 1966
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: From Anh Tu, 1997-1998
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence: From Nadya A.S. Brewer, 1971-1972
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence: From Chi Pi Fraternity, circa 1965
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence: From Peggy Clifford, 1983-1985
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence: From Jennifer Downward, 1968
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence: From Jennifer Downward, 1983-1989
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence: From Jennifer Downward, 1990-1993
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence: From Robert Eisenlauer (Ike), 1967-1971
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence: From Don Luce, 1968-2004
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: From Jaques Mado, 1973-2008
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence: From Richard Margolies, 1973-1976
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence: From Pam and Peter Meister, undated
  • Folder: 21, Correspondence: From Jacob Neusner, 1965-1970
  • Folder: 22, Correspondence: Kim Ngan, 1996-1998
  • Folder: 23, Correspondence: Jorge R. Rebaguiati, 1977-1986
  • Folder: 24, Correspondence: From Judith R. Sills, undated
  • Folder: 25, Correspondence: To Hugh Swift, 1967-1975
  • Folder: 26, Correspondence: To Hugh Swift, 1976-1985
  • Folder: 27, Correspondence: To Hugh Swift, undated
  • Folder: 28, Correspondence: From Hugh Swift, 1970-1985
  • Folder: 29, Correspondence: From Hugh Swift with "The Great Himalayan Traverse", 1981-1990
  • Folder: 30, Material re. Hugh Swift, 1989-1991
  • Folder: 31, Correspondence: From Lenore Scendo, undated
  • Folder: 32, Correspondence: From Pam Meister, 1984-1986
  • Folder: 33, Correspondence: To and From Sue Levine, circa 1977-1978
  • Folder: 34, Correspondence: From Vicki Myers, 1977-1980
  • Folder: 35, Correspondence: From Bart Exparza, undated
  • Folder: 36, Correspondence: From Ray Paul Wallace (Wally), 1980-1992
  • Folder: 37, Correspondence: From Xu Jicheng, 1988-1989
  • Folder: 38, Correspondence: Chain letter Dr. Ito regarding abolition of nuclear weapons, 1987
  • Folder: 39, Memorabilia: Dartmouth College: Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, 1956

Box: 6, 1964-2015

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1964-1967
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1968-1970
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1971-1972
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, 1973
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, 1974-1975
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence, 1976
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence, 1977
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence, 1978
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence, 1979
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence, 1980
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, 1981
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence, 1982
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence, 1983
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence, 1984
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence, 1985
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence, 1986
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence, 1987
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence, 1988
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence, 1989
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence, 1990
  • Folder: 21, Correspondence, 1991
  • Folder: 22, Correspondence, 1992
  • Folder: 23, Correspondence, 1993
  • Folder: 24, Correspondence, 1994
  • Folder: 25, Correspondence, 1995
  • Folder: 26, Correspondence, 1996
  • Folder: 27, Correspondence, 1997
  • Folder: 28, Correspondence, 1998
  • Folder: 29, Correspondence, 1999-2001
  • Folder: 30, Correspondence, 2002-2004
  • Folder: 31, Correspondence, 2005-2015
  • Folder: 32, Correspondence, undated
  • Folder: 33, Correspondence: Professional, 1973-1989

Box: 7, circa 1965-1967

3" audio reels "Living Letters" sent by Don Cohon to his parents while serving with IVS in Vietnam.

Reels need preservation and digitization

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