Accession A2013-028 - Dian Cohen fonds

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Dian Cohen fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 143, Pc 149, Tc 94, El 4-A2013-028

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  • 1950s-2013 (Creation)

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2.88 metres of textual; 9 photographs; 5 VHS, 38 audio-cassettes, and 121 computer diskettes.

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Custodial history

This accession was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Dian Cohen in 2013.

Scope and content

This accession consists of seven series: Personal Information, Correspondence, Writings, Radio and Television, Board Membership, Miscellaneous Interests and Research, and Books. The first series contains material from the 1950s to 2013, consisting primarily of biographical information about Dian Cohen, various awards that she’s obtained over the years, day planners, and records created by and/or pertaining to members of her family, including her daughter, her ex-husband and his family. The second series contains various correspondence that Cohen has kept from 1958-2004; while some are personal, such as letters from her father, most are related to business or publishing. The third series contains Dian Cohen’s various written works and speeches from 1972-2003; most of the material in this series relates to the book “Net Results” and to speeches given at various events and conferences; in addition to the writings themselves, this series contains many related records such as reviews. The fourth series contains transcripts and administrative papers relating to Cohen’s various radio and television productions such as “Money, Power and Politics”, as well as proposals for other productions from 1978-2003. The fifth series contains records related to the various businesses and organizations that Cohen was a board member of from 1990-2011 such as Monsanto Canada and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. In the case of Monsanto, in addition to fiduciary records, the sub-series contains research done by Cohen and Guy Stanley which sought to use Monsanto’s business model as a new standard for emulation. Finally, the last two series contain her books and material on various other interests of Cohen from 1958 to 1996 including articles she’s collected and guides to hone her skills as a writer and interviewer. The accession also consists of Photograph, Audio-Visual, and Electronic Record Collections.

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This collection is organized into seven series and photograph, audio-visual and electronic records.

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English and

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There may be some restrictions on this material, especially regarding records containing business financial information

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Associated materials

Related materials can be found in the M. Charles Cohen fonds (MSS 78, PC 85, TC 61).

The photographic, tape and electronic collections have yet to be processed and are thus currently seperated from this accession. They will be added to the collection at a later date.

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August 27, 2013

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