Elaine Lustig Cohen (neé Firstenberg) was born in 1927 in Jersey City, NJ. Soon after graduating from the University of Southern California with a fine arts degree, she married the designer Alvin Lustig in Los Angeles and became his assistant, setting type and preparing mechanicals, the two eventually relocating to New York in 1951. After Alvin Lustig's death in 1955, Cohen took over his contracts with Philip Johnson, the Girl Scouts of America, and Meridian Books, whose publisher, Arthur Cohen, she eventually married. Cohen continued to design book covers for Meridian Books until it was sold to World Publishing in 1960. She then worked as a designer for The Jewish Museum, General Motors, and various other clients until 1969, when she left commercial design to focus on her painting and collage work. In 2011, she was awarded the AIGA medal. She died in 2016. The collection comprises mostly printed materials from Cohen's work as a graphic designer. Major clients include Meridian Books, the Jewish Museum and the Kootz Gallery. Works include book jackets, exhibition catalogs, letterhead and other stationery, event invitations and announcements, and brochures.