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Samuel Calmin Kohs papers

Identifier: P-90

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains manuscript and published material pertaining to Kohs' career as a psychologist and social worker. Also included is extensive personal correspondence both of a general nature, and relating to Kohs' specific involvement with Jewish communal institutions.

A major portion of the collection consists of material pertaining to the National Coordinating Committee and his work with Jewish immigrants. Correspodence with Harry Barron, William Haber, and Jacob Billikopf are in relatively high quantity. The collection also contains lecture notes and bibliographies for courses at institutions such as the New York Graduate School of Jewish Social Work, psychological tests devised by Kohs, manuscript and published versions of speeches and articles, as well as personal memorabilia and an autobiographical sketch.


  • undated, 1916-1960


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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Biographical Note

Samuel Calmin Kohs was born in New York in 1890. He was involved in various major Jewish charities throughout his life, including the Jewish Welfare Federation, the Federation of Jewish Charities, Jewish Committee for Personal Service, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and the National Jewish Welfare Board.

Professionally, Kohs was a psychologist, specializing in clinical and educational psychology, and is known as the inventor of Kohs Blocks--tools that are used to form test patterns in psychodiagnostic examination.


4.5 Linear Feet (9 manuscript boxes)


The collection contains manuscript and published material pertaining to Kohs' career as a psychologist and social worker. Also included are lecture notes, bibliographies for academic courses, as well as personal memorabilia.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Digitization Note

Box 2, Folder 15 and Box 8 Folder 8 have been digitized as part of an ongoing digitization-on-demand program at the Center for Jewish History.

Related Material

The American Jewish Historical Society also holds the records of the National Jewish Welfare Board - Bureau of War

Guide to the Samuel Calmin Kohs papers, undated, 1916-1960
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2016-10-10: PDF box list converted to dsc. Finding aid encoding revised by Janine Veazue.
  • October 2016: Added dao links by Eric Fritzler.
  • April, June 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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