Scope and arrangement
The Jewel Plummer Cobb Papers document Cobb's career as a cancer researcher, professor at several colleges and a college administrator. The collection consists of biographical material including news articles, in addition to correspondence with friends and colleagues and with organizations for which she was a board member. Her scientific career is represented by her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Mechanics of Pigment Formation" (1950), notes and progress reports on her cancer research, lecture notes, course outlines, and copies of her scientific publications.|||Cobb's administrative career at Douglass College details her accomplishments and the dedication of a math and science building named in her honor. Papers relating to Cobb's career as president of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) consist of congratulatory letters upon her appointment as president, printed matter and correspondence pertaining to her investiture, news clippings, and press releases about her involvement in numerous and diverse academic activities. Of particular interest are the University's evaluations of Cobb consisting of letters and forms. Other aspects of her position at CSUF are revealed in her appointment calendars (1982-1989), notebooks, her professional review file, and annual progress reports.|||The collection contains texts of her speeches as dean at Connecticut College and Douglass College at Rutgers, New Jersey, and as president of CSUF. The speeches were addressed to a variety of audiences and educational groups at her own college campus, as well as at other universities and to diverse organizations and educational groups. Topics include science, women, minorities, and educational issues. Cobb also presented her viewpoints about these subjects in her published writings.|||There is also material regarding Cobb's participation on corporate boards and with scientific and women's organizations, in addition to information about the many honorary degrees and awards presented to her. Her association with educational institutions and organizations since her 1990 retirement is also documented.