Guide to the Elli Kohen Papers,
undated, 1999-2002

ASF AR 22

Processed by Michael D. Montalbano

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 294-8350

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© February 2010. American Sephardi Federation. All rights reserved.
Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Michael D. Montalbano on February 16, 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Elli Kohen
Title: Guide to the Elli Kohen Papers
Dates:undated, 1999-2002
Abstract: This collection contains the research of University of Miami professor of photobiology and medical researcher Elli Kohen. Professor Kohen was a prolific writer in a variety of topics ranging from photobiology to the history of cats to the study of Ladino and Sephardic Jewry. The bulk of this collection contains his notes and drafts of essays and book chapters on the history of Sephardic and Turkish Jews.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box).
Identification: ASF AR 22
Repository: American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish History
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Biographical Note

Elli Kohen, was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1930. Earning his medical degree from the University of Istanbul in 1954. He served in the Turkish Army before pursuing a Ph.D. in pathology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973. As an expert in photobiology and cell imaging using fluorescence microscopy he published numerous articles and books, and taught at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Biology and conducted research at the Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute. After serving the University of Miami community as teacher and researcher for nearly forty years he was named professor emeritus of the Department of Biology.

In addition to being a prolific researcher in his primary field of medicine, Elli Kohen found time to write on the history of Sephardic and Turkish Jews, create, with his daughter, a Ladino-English dictionary, wrote a book on the history and myths of cats throughout the world, and even, with his daughter, a novel.

He passed away in December of 2007 and was survived by his wife Cahilde, daughter, Dahlia Kohen-Gordon, and son-in-law, Sean Gordon.

In addition to his works on photobiology, unlisted in this finding aid, here is a list of his works relating to other topics:

The above material was pieced together from the following sources: Elli Kohen’s Curriculum Vitae The blog In My Heart – Jewish Memories has a copy of his obituary. And various tributes in University of Miami newsletters E-Veritas and the Spring 2008 College of Arts and Sciences magazine, Arts & Sciences.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the writings of Elli Kohen as they relate to Sephardic and Turkish Jews throughout history. In addition there is some correspondence related to the donation of these papers to the American Sephardi Federation and several diskettes containing his research files.

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Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in alphabetical order by document type and then by subject.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

email: RBelinfante@ASF.CJH.org

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Related Material

The holdings of the American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish History has an abundance of material related to not only Sephardic Jews, but also Turkish Jews and Turk-Jewish relations. These include the following of Elli Kohen’s works:

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Elli Kohen Papers; (location); folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Elli Kohen Papers, undated, 1999-2002

This series is in English and Portuguese.
0.5 linear feet. (12 folders). Folder 1 to Folder 12.
Arrangement:

This collection has been arranged in alphabetical order by document type and then by subject.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains the writings of Elli Kohen as they relate to Sephardic and Turkish Jews throughout history. In addition there is some correspondence related to the donation of these papers to the American Sephardi Federation and several diskettes containing his research files.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Contributions - Turkish Chronicles - Erensia Sefardi1999-2000
12Correspondence wth American Sephardi Federation2001-2002
13Essays - Rediscovery of a Golden Age - The History of Turkish Jews - Chapter 16 - Mehmed IVundated
14Essays - Rediscovery of a Golden Age - The History of Turkish Jews - Chapter 17 - Suleyman IIundated
15Essays - Rediscovery of a Golden Age - The History of Turkish Jews - Chapter 18 - Ahmed IIIundated
16Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Algaziundated
17Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Danonundated
18Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Ovadiaundated
19Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Tekin Alpundated
110Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Yehezkal Gabayundated
111Essays - Turkish Sephardic Folklore1994
112Research Files - Diskettesundated
  
  • 3.5" Diskette - Turkish Sephardic Jews - Folklore and Biographies - 1876-1992
  • 3.5" Diskette - History of the Turkish Jews - Ottomans - Files 1-27
  • 3.5" Diskette - History of the Turkish Jews - Ottomans - Files 28-51
  • 3.5" Diskette - History of the Turkish Jews - Ottomans - Files 52-53
  • 3.5" Diskette - History of the Turkish Jews - Seljuks
  • 3.5" Diskette - History of the Jews of Byzantium
  • 3.5" Diskette - History of the Armeno Jews
 
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