Guide to the Samuel Calmin Kohs papers,
undated, 1916-1960


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kohs, Samuel Calmin
Title: Samuel Calmin Kohs papers
Dates:undated, 1916-1960
Abstract: 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.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (9 manuscript boxes)
Identification: P-90
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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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.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains manuscript and published material pertaining to Kohs' career as a psychologist and social worker. Included also is extensive personal correspondence of a general nature and Kohs' specific involvement with Jewish communal institutions. A major portion 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.

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This collection is arranged into eight series, organized by document subject.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

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

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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.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Samuel Calmin Kohs papers; P-90; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.


Series I: Biographical materials, undated, 1939-1942

11Biographical Sketchundatedrequest_box
12Correspondence with H. Barron, J. Billikopf, and W. Haber1939-1942request_box
14Miscellaneous Personal Itemsundatedrequest_box
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Series II: Lecture notes and bibliographies, undated, 1929-1940

Subseries 1: Jewish institutions, undated, 1929-1940

21New York Training School for Jewish Social Work—Jewish Community Organization in the U.S. in the First Quarter of the 20th Centuryundatedrequest_box
22New York Training School for Jewish Social Work—Administration of Jewish Federationsundatedrequest_box
23New York Training School for Jewish Social Work—Summer 1929, Foster Home Agencies1929-1932request_box
24Graduate School of Jewish Social Work—Correspondenceundatedrequest_box
25Graduate School of Jewish Social Work—Course 406undatedrequest_box
26Graduate School of Jewish Social Work—Course 401, 402: Field of Social Service in the United Statesundatedrequest_box
27Graduate School of Jewish Social Work—Course 407: Organization, Function and Operation of Social Agenciesundatedrequest_box
28Graduate School of Jewish Social Work—Course 6: Problems and Administration of Jewish Family Case Work Agencyundatedrequest_box
29Course in case workundatedrequest_box
210Tests and Measurements in Social Workundatedrequest_box
211Refugee Course, University of California1940request_box
212Jewish Center Movement Courseundatedrequest_box
213Home Relief Bureau Course Readingsundatedrequest_box
214"A Philosophy for Social Workers" and "A Defense of Jewish Social Work"1932request_box
215Distinctive Jewish Namesundated
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216Jewish Universityundatedrequest_box

Subseries 2: General academic institutions, undated, 1932-1937

31Army Mental Tests Examiner's Manualundatedrequest_box
32The Binet-Simon Measuring Scale for Intelligence/Examination and Notes: Instructions for the Vineland Revisionundatedrequest_box
33Block Design Test Correspondenceundatedrequest_box
34Education 19 Exceptional Children/Syllabus, Lecture Notes and Sample Testsundatedrequest_box
35Elementary Educational Statistics Teacher's College1932request_box
36Ethical Discrimination Testundatedrequest_box
37Fields of Social Work Exhibit and Economics S187 Berkley1937request_box
38Home Relief Bureauundatedrequest_box
39"An Introduction to Statistics and Measurement in Social Work"1932request_box
310Lecture Series: Mental Deficiency/ Volunteer Workers Training1913-1926request_box
311Reed College Education Course Final Examundatedrequest_box
312Schedule of Content of Courses in Social Statisticsundatedrequest_box
313Social Aspects of the Liquor Problemundatedrequest_box
314Physical and Moral Welfare of the Child; Courses for Police Academy, City College of N.Y. and N.Y. Board of Education; Problems of Juvenile Delinquency 1933-1934request_box
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Series III: Jewish communal institution materials, undated

42B'nai Brithundatedrequest_box
43Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charitiesundatedrequest_box
44Bureau of Jewish Social Researchundatedrequest_box
45National Conference of Jewish Social Serviceundatedrequest_box
46Conference on Jewish Relationsundatedrequest_box
47Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Fundsundatedrequest_box
48Duluth Jewish Social Services Agencyundatedrequest_box
49Hebrew Free Loan Societyundatedrequest_box
410"The Jewish Center"undatedrequest_box
411Jewish Centersundatedrequest_box
412Jewish Committee for Personal Servicesundatedrequest_box
413Jewish Committee for Personal Service in State Institutionsundatedrequest_box
414Jewish Guidance Bureau for Children and Adultsundatedrequest_box
415"The Jewish Review"undatedrequest_box
416Jewish War Recordsundatedrequest_box
417Jewish Welfare Council of Superior Californiaundatedrequest_box
418Los Angeles Jewish Community Centerundatedrequest_box
419National Conference of Jewish Social Welfareundatedrequest_box
420National Jewish Welfare Boardundatedrequest_box
421National Work for Defective Jewish Childrenundatedrequest_box
422ORT Economic Bulletinundatedrequest_box
423Pacific Coast Jewish Community Centerundatedrequest_box
424Phoenix Jewish Community Centerundatedrequest_box
425Portland Population Studyundatedrequest_box
426Reconstructionist Foundation and Magazineundatedrequest_box
427Religious Statistics undatedrequest_box
428Sacramento Jewish Community Centerundatedrequest_box
429San Francisco Federation of Jewish Charitiesundatedrequest_box
430San Francisco Jewish Community Centerundatedrequest_box
431Seattle Jewish Centerundatedrequest_box
432United Jewish Aid Societies of Brooklynundatedrequest_box
433World Jewish Conferenceundatedrequest_box
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Series IV: Émigré materials, undated, 1931-1940

51Los Angeles Émigré Serviceundatedrequest_box
52National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare Committee of Refugeesundatedrequest_box
53Transportation Committee of Allied National Agencies undatedrequest_box
54National Refugee Serviceundatedrequest_box
55San Francisco Émigré Serviceundatedrequest_box
56Transportation Committee of National Conference of Jewish Social Service 1931-1937request_box
57Miscellaneous Refugee Materialundatedrequest_box
58National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare 1939-1940request_box
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Series V: National Coordinating Committee materials, undated, 1938-1939

61Individual Cases 1939 Januaryrequest_box
63NCC Resettlement Divisionundatedrequest_box
64Miscellaneous Unsortedundatedrequest_box
65Miscellaneous Unsortedundatedrequest_box
66Miscellaneous Unsortedundatedrequest_box
67B'nai Brith and Milton Meyer Immigrationundatedrequest_box
68Bound Book re: Immigration1938-1939request_box
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Series VI: General Psychology and Social Work materials, undated, 1930-1956

71American Association of Social Workundatedrequest_box
72American Association of Social Work—Committee on Standards in Civic Service1930-1932request_box
73American Association of Social Work—Certification of Social Workers1933-1936request_box
74American Association of Schools of Social Work Curriculum Committeeundatedrequest_box
75Block Design Testundatedrequest_box
76California State Relief Administration "In-Service Training"undatedrequest_box
77California Conference of Social Workundatedrequest_box
78Community of Welfare Council of Sacramentoundatedrequest_box

For the sub-committee of the Curriculum Committee of the American Association of Schools of Social Work.

79Intelligence Measurementundatedrequest_box
710Los Angeles Juvenile and Adult Probation Officersundatedrequest_box
711Oakland Community Councilundatedrequest_box
712Phoenix Community Council Survey1956request_box
713Sacramento Community Chestundatedrequest_box
714"Social Work Today"undatedrequest_box
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Series VII: Published works, undated, 1914-1946

81"A Note on Measurement of Relative Position"undatedrequest_box
82"The Association Method in the Relation to the Complex Indicators"1914request_box
83"The Block Design Tests"1920 Octoberrequest_box

Journal of Experimental Psychology

84"Borderlines of Mental Deficiency"1916request_box

Journal of Psycho-Aesthetics

85"Brooklyn States its Case"1931request_box

Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities

86"The Family-A Social Unit"1928 Aprilrequest_box

Welfare Magazine (published by JWB)

87"Current Fallacies Regarding Jewish Social work" 1933 Junerequest_box

Jewish Social Service Quarterly

88"Distinctive Jewish Names" 1946 April

Letter to Dr. U. Engelman.

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89"The Jewish Social Worker of the Future"1942request_box

Jewish Social Services Quarterly

810"Mordecai M. Kaplan's Contribution to Jewish Social Work: An Evaluation"1952request_box
811"Economic Conditions and Juvenile Delinquency"1916 Julyrequest_box

Journal of Delinquency

812"An Ethical Discrimination Test" 1922 Januaryrequest_box

Journal of Delinquency

813"Handbook of Instructions for Survey Consultants"1944request_box

Jewish Welfare Board

814"Jewish War Records of World War II"1945request_box
815"Jews in Service"1946 Novemberrequest_box
816"Jews in the United States Armed Forces"1945request_box

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

817"Licensing State Children"1920 Julyrequest_box
818"A New Departure in the Treatment of Inmates of Penal Institutions"1915 Julyrequest_box
819"A Note on Measurement of Relative Position" 1918 Marchrequest_box

Psychological Bulletin

820"Potentialities of Integration of Public and Private Social Agencies"1940 Aprilrequest_box
821"The Problem of the Moral Defective"1914 Aprilrequest_box

The Training School Bulletin

822"Psychopathology in Relation to Family Case Work"1924 Junerequest_box
823"The Progressive Error of the Smedley Dynamometer" 1917 Augustrequest_box

Journal of Experimental Psychology. Includes Conference on Jewish Demography.

824"Prophesying Army Promotion" 1920 Marchrequest_box

Journal of Applied Psychology

825"The Reed I.Q. Slide Rule"1918 Decemberrequest_box

School and Society

826"The School as an Agency in Preventing Social Liabilities"1920request_box

School and Society

827"What Science has Taught Us Regarding Criminals"1927request_box

Journal of Delinquency

828"Who is Feeble Minded?" 1916 Marchrequest_box

Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology

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Series VIII: Manuscripts, undated, 1932-1946

91"A Cultural Program for American Jewry" 1940request_box

A Reply to A. Lunst.

92"Is Jewish Unity Possible?"1933request_box

An Answer to H. Lurie.

93"A Scale for Measuring Vocational Status"undatedrequest_box
94"Federations"1943 Aprilrequest_box
95"Jewish Economic Adjustment Problems in the Smaller Communities"undatedrequest_box

Later known as the Transportation Committee of National Conference of Jewish Social Service.

96"Attitude on Jewish Centers"1946 Marchrequest_box

Reply to Questionaire by Oscar Janowsky.

97"Book Reviews"undatedrequest_box
98"The Economic Condition of the Refugee in America"1939request_box
99"The Impact of the Social Security Act on Social Work"1937 Aprilrequest_box
910"Discussion of Mordecai Kaplan's Implications of the World Situation for the Jewish Cultural Programs in America"1940request_box
911"The Integration of Jewish Center, Jewish Education and Case Work Programs"1937 Mayrequest_box
912"The Jewish Chaplaincy"1946request_box
913"Jewish Community Organization During the Past 10 Years"1945request_box
914"Jewish Social Welfare Work"1935request_box
915"Discussion of S. Goldsmith's Local Organization for Refugee Service"undatedrequest_box
916"Modifying Human Conduct- Possibilities and Limitations"1929 Junerequest_box
917"Performing Intelligence Tests"undatedrequest_box
918"Jewish Background for Jewish Social Workers"1933request_box
919"The Potentialities of Habit Clinics for Children"undatedrequest_box
920"The Professional Preparation of Jewish Social Workers"1932 Octoberrequest_box
921"The Relation of Jewish Social Work to the Jewish Community"undatedrequest_box
922"Separation or Integration? Adjustment through Group Work Activities"undatedrequest_box
923"Eulogy for Samuel Rabinovitch"1936request_box
924"A Tribute to Joseph Shemanski"undatedrequest_box
925"The Stanford and Vineland Revisions of the Binet Scale"undatedrequest_box
926"Resettlement- What is Being Done-What Can be Done"1939 Aprilrequest_box
927"Los Angeles Jewish Occupational Distribution"1944request_box
928"Testing the Competency of Jewish Leadership"1938request_box
929"Statistics in Social Work"1936request_box
930"What's Wrong with the Synagogue?"undatedrequest_box
931"Jewish Content in Jewish Social Work"undatedrequest_box
932"The Story of Los Angeles"/ "A History of the Los Angeles Jewish Community"undatedrequest_box
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