Fonds MSS 78 - M. Charles Cohen fonds

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M. Charles Cohen fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 78

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  • 1898-1986, predominant 1950-1986 (Creation)

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5.5 m of textual records.
319 photographs.
4 audio reels.

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(1926-)

Biographical history

Born in Alberta and raised in Winnipeg, Cohen graduated from the University of Manitoba where he wrote for the Manitoban and other student publications. After completing a degree in Social Work in Toronto, he worked there and in Montreal as a social worker, writing in his spare time. In 1956 his wife, Dian Nusgart, encouraged him to turn to writing full time. Within the first two years he sold over fifty scripts, set-up a theatre company with two others, and wrote a regular column on theatrical activities for the Montrealer. In 1960 he received a Canada Council Grant for the study of drama in New York and London. Initially Cohen wrote mainly half-hour dramas for radio and television. He wrote a series of plays dealing with Canadian history, numerous scripts for the National Film Board, and several other productions. His first major success was the film-play Dry Landers produced by the National Film Board. His flair for historical drama led him to modest acclaim in Canada and to a much wider audience south of the border. Many of his television screenplays were aired on American television in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s; the best known was Roots.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by M. Charles Cohen in 1986.

Scope and content

The fonds consists primarily of drafts of numerous radio plays and television screen plays written by Cohen. The collection also contains significant correspondence (personal and business), reviews, and related material over a period of thirty years. Two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings on the life and career of Cohen, as well as production photographs are also included.

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  • English

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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below

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No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

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Photograph Collection

PC 085

Tape Collection

TC 061

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Inventory prepared by Denise Anderson (1993)
Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (May 2002)

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