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Sanford (Sandy) Cobb papers

Identifier: Sanford (Sandy) Cobb papers


  • Majority of material found within 1940-1978


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

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Biographical / Historical

Dr. Sanford Cobb graduated from Trinity College in 1947, where he was a member of Delta Phi, a founding member of the Sword and Key Society, and editor of his class yearbook, The Ivy. Born in Boston, Cobb prepared at the Holderness School and following Trinity he went on to receive his MD from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany New York, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society and was valedictorian of his class. Cobb earned certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology and was a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. In his pharmaceutical career, Cobb successfully defended scientifically the use of older drug products and developed several new products. He also garnered a Presidential Award for new product invention and development in addition to patents for anesthesia-related devices. One of the ideas he explored was using low levels of carbon dioxide as an anesthetic. Among the pharmaceutical laboratories Cobb was involved with he served as the Medical Director, Corporate Medical Department at Marion Laboratories and later went on to be the Director of the Cardiovascular Renal Section, Medical Research Department, Searle Laboratories.


3.5 Cubic Feet (83 folders in 3 cubic foot cartons and one .5 foot Hollinger box)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Although many of the documents are carbon copies, in some cases, such as the “Protocols”—the doctors’ plans for the use of experimental drugs in clinical trials—the documents are originals from the drug company.

File Plan

Cobb organized the papers in a series of binders and this system has been maintained. It starts with selected school work, then writings and correspondence for his main employers: Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, Illinois; Pennwalt Corporation, Rochester, New York; Marion Laboratories, Kansas City, Missouri; Searle Laboratories and G. D. Searle & Company, Skokie, Illinois; Searle Diagnostics, Des Plaines, Illinois; and the State of Florida where he served as Senior Physician in the Office of Disability Determinations in Jacksonville. The last folders in the collection hold texts Cobb edited.
Guide to the Dr. Sanford (Sandy) Cobb Papers
Henry Arneth
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

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