The A02-41 accession of the Albert D. Cohen fonds consists of 4 series: International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award 1983-2002, Books 1985, 2002, Photograph Collection (PC 160) 1987-2000, and Electronic Records (EL 2), 1985-1990. The first series consists of records relating to the University of Manitoba's Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (IDEA). This includes materials relating to the coordination of the award and the annual IDEA dinner. The Books series contains two books written by Cohen. The Photograph Collection comprises 118 photographs and 29 video-cassettes pertaining to the IDEA dinner. 6 of the 29 IDEA dinner videos were digitized and placed in EL 2.
The 2015-078 accrual of the Albert D. Cohen fonds consists of 8 series: Biographical Information and Personal Correspondence; Corporate Entities; Awards; Community and Professional Involvement; Manuscripts and Publishing; Personal Interest; Travel Memorabilia; Photographic Records
The first series consists of records relating to biographical information compiled by Albert Cohen tracing his family ancestry immigrating from Europe and contains records documenting successive generations including Cohen's immediate family and grandchildren. The series also contains a few of Cohen's day planners and personal correspondence generated by Cohen and his family and friends.
The second series contains records created by corporate entities related to General Distributors Ltd. (GDL) and its successor Gendis Inc. The corporate entities are separated into subseries that trace the history of the company relating to the early operations of General Distributors Ltd., its partnership with Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Ltd. later the Sony Corporation, The Frawley Corporation (Paper Mate), and Gillette Corporation. Subseries also include records created by GDL and Gendis Inc. relating to the purchasing of Metropolitan Stores of Canada Ltd., Greenberg stores, and creation and branching of SAAN stores. Following subseries deal with GDL and Gendis Inc.'s acquisition and ventures in petroleum interests. Other professional activities related to Cohen are also included in the subseries like professional correspondence, publicity, invitations, business research, and litigation.
The third series documents Cohen receiving local and national awards relating to his entrepreneurial success and community involvement including Man of the Year, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame award, and Member and later Officer of the Order of Canada with certificates, photographs, and related records.
The fourth series compiles Cohen's committee and professional involvement with medical and academic committees in Winnipeg, club membership with The Manitoba Club, his extensive work in planning International Distinguished Entrepreneurship Award (I.D.E.A.) ceremonies and numerous conference attendance records accompanied by speech drafts.
The fifth series contains research notes, drafts, manuscripts, correspondence, and related publishing records pertaining to Cohen's five books including The Entrepreneurs: The Story of Gendis Inc., The Triangle of Success: The Gendis/Saan Story, The Story of SAAN, I.D.E.A., and Reminiscences of an Entrepreneur - How Sony came to Canada and then to the World in 1955.
The sixth series relates to Cohen's personal interest in golfing, auctioning personal correspondence of Ian Fleming and donating proceeds to charity, and film and screenplay research.
The seventh series consists of various booklets and brochures from airlines, tourist destinations, and hotels collected by Cohen during his international trips.
The eighth series of photographic records comprises 296 photographs, 66 negatives, and 12 contact sheets. The series gives a detailed visual account of Cohen's extended and immediate family, business relationships, and acquisitions along with the