Louis Cohen Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Albums and files of cuttings, programmes, playbills and manuscript items relating to performances of dramatic works by Louis Cohen (also known as Coen).

Administrative / Biographical History

Louis Cohen (also known as Lewis, Loo or Lew Coen) wrote a number of short dramatic plays and historical sketches including  The Widow Capet,  The Drummer of the 76th and  Marshal Ney. He was a member of the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London where a number of his works were performed. His works were also performed in London and provincial theatres in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the newscuttings in the collection refers to him as "a pioneer of the gold industry in South Africa".

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

The two volumes and three of the five files were formerly numbered 5344-5348; one file was formerly numbered 2596; and one of the files was unnumbered.

Related Material

The Special Collections Department holds other personal and artificial collections of theatre playbills, programmes, newscuttings and associated materials. The largest collection is the Theatre Collection, MS38. Smaller collections include the Heron-Allen album of playbills, MS107; Colyer-Fergusson albums, MS108; the Williams Theatre collection, MS109; a volume of play bills, MS110; an album of programmes, MS111; the Kemp album, MS113; and a volume of Shakespearian souvenirs and programmes, MS114