Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep


Mary Frye (1932)


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!


Morris Cohen: NELLCO Founder, Scholar, Mentor, Friend, Legend



Morris L. Cohen


Morris L.Cohen had a long, varied and distinguished career in the world of legal information. He served as Director of the Law Library at Yale, Harvard, Penn and SUNY Buffalo. In those roles over the years Morris had a significant impact on the collections of the institutions he served. In addition, Morris touched the lives of many law students through his writing and teaching, as generations have relied on his "How to Find the Law," with Bob Berring and Kent Olson, and "Legal Research in a Nutshell" with Olson. 



Morris served as President of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in the early 70s. In 1991, AALL honored Morris with the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, the Association's highest honor. Morris's devotion and commitment to the profession of Law Librarianship were an inspiration to many of us, and awards and scholarships too numerous to list have been established in his honor, including the Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition established by the Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section of AALL.


Morris had a boundless intellectual curiosity and a keen sense of

humor. He collected rare children's books with a legal subject focus, now housed at the Yale Law Library where Morris served as emeritus faculty. His survey of legal cartoons in the pages of Vanity Fair led to the delightful volume pictured at left. Morris's Bibliography of Early American Law, published in 1998, was the culmination of 35 years of meticulous research, originally documented through copious notes on carefully filed 3x5 cards, many frayed and yellowed with age by the time of publication of the digital product.


Morris was sought after for his encyclopedic knowledge of rare books (and book stores!).  He taught Collecting the History of Anglo-American Law at the Rare Book School offered by the University of Virginia each year. In Dec. of 2008, Boston College Law Library held a gala event in Morris's honor, Celebrating Morris Cohen, in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room. To mark the occasion the library acquired Every Man His Own Lawyer, by Giles Jacob (NY, 1769).


During his tenure at Yale, Morris was one of a handful of prime movers behind the creation of the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) in 1983. As a person generous with his time and talents, collaboration was a natural by product of his character. NELLCO is indebted to Morris Cohen for his vision and leadership.



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am deeply saddened by the death of Morris Cohen this weekend. In addition to Morris's role as a founding member of NELLCO,  he was for me, as for many of you, a personal mentor and friend. I was privileged to have studied Advanced Legal Research with him at Yale, where he served as my advisor on my pathfinder for the course. He judged my work critically but fairly, and gave me sound guidance. During that semester, as a result of this team taught course, I first became aware of law librarianship as a profession. As I pursued my career goals Morris was always actively supportive, seeking me out if we hadn't connected in a while. He was one of those rare people who actually want to know when they ask "How are you?" And he was never glib or breezy when you shared your concerns with him. His reply was never "It'll all work out." He took his responsibility as a mentor seriously and gave sound, reasoned counsel when asked. I feel honored to have known Morris as a teacher, a colleague, and a friend. My thoughts are with his family and all of those who will miss his presence.
Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki
If you wish to remember Morris in a tangible way the family suggests a donation to one of the following organizations in his honor.

El Malei Rachamim 


Tracy Thompson-Przylucki