Willson H. Coates Papers

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Willson H. Coates papers
Creator: Coates, Willson Havelock
Call Number: D.409
Dates: 1925-1976
Physical Description: 9.25 linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Series I: University of Rochester
Series II: Other universities
Series III: Civic and political activities
Series IV: Personal material
Series V: Grade books and class lists
Series VI: Learned societies and journals
Series VII: Scholarly projects
Series VIII: Notebooks, articles, and reviews
Collection Overview
Title: Willson H. Coates papers
Creator: Coates, Willson Havelock
Call Number: D.409
Dates: 1925-1976
Physical Description: 9.25 linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Willson H. Coates (1899-1976) was one of six children born to Canadian missionaries living in Japan. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1920, earned his masters as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1926. He arrived at the University of Rochester in 1925 as an instructor in the History Department and was promoted to associate professor in 1935, and then to full professor in 1947. In 1965 he was named professor emeritus.

Throughout his thirty-one years here, Professor Coates was widely regarded as an expert in modern British history. He was co-founder and editor of Journal of British Studies and author of many books, including The Journal of Sir Edmonds D'Ewes, The Emergence of Liberal Humanism, and The Ordeal of Liberal Humanism. He was a member of numerous professional organizations and served as an educational consultant for the United States government at Lucknow University in India. Coates also did brief terms as a visiting professor at Sarah Lawrence and Trinity Colleges.

Professor Coates's work extended beyond the classroom as well. From 1944 to 1946 he was a panel member for the National War Labor Board, which arbitrated disputes between unions and employers to ensure wartime productivity. His reputation in the Rochester community earned him a position on the Police Advisory Board in 1963, which he chaired from 1965 to 1970. The purpose of the P.A.B. was to investigate claims of police brutality.

Willson Coates was married to award-winning artist Hilda Altschule. At the time of his death in 1976 he was working on a book about his parents' missionary work as well as additional unpublished diaries of D'Ewes and other seventeenth-century Parliamentarians.

Scope and Content
The Willson H. Coates Papers include materials from Coates's time as a professor at the University of Rochester and as a consultant and visiting professor at other institutions. The collection also contains materials relating to his civic and political activities, including his work with the National War Labor Board and the Police Advisory Board. Also included are personal papers, items relating to his work with various learned societies and journals, scholarly projects, notebooks, and assorted publications.

Coates, Willson Havelock
University of Rochester -- Faculty
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)
Rochester (N.Y.). Police Advisory Board
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Eileen L. Fay in 2011. Finding aid written by Eileen L. Fay in 2011. The finding aid was updated by Fiona Nichols-Fleming in 2015, when the collection was moved from a file cabinet to manuscript boxes.Immediate Source of Acquisition
An accrual, consisting of photographs and an envelope of papers, was given as a gift by Mrs. Anne S. Young on 9 May 2001.Access
The Willson H. Coates papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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[Item title, item date], Willson H. Coates papers, D.409, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: University of Rochester
Box 1, Folder 1Obituaries, memorial services
Box 1, Folder 2A.A.U.P. and negotiations on tenure regulations, 1936-1941
Box 1, Folder 3Anthropology Ph.D. ad hoc committee, 1962
Box 1, Folder 4Appointments, promotions, leaves of absence, 1923-1974
Box 1, Folder 5Bibliographies
Box 1, Folder 6British History 225
Box 1, Folder 7British scholar in American history, Search for, 1962
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence with American scholars, 1961-1976
Box 1, Folder 9;
Box 2, Folder 1
Correspondence with American scholars, Canadian and English in the US, 1945-1960
Box 2, Folder 2Correspondence with people in England and other items concerning travel, 1933-1969
Box 2, Folder 3English Department ad hoc committee, 1956-1965
Box 2, Folder 4George, C.H. - Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 5-6Graduate school, 1966-1970
Box 2, Folder 7Graduate school, 1957-1965
Box 3, Folder 1Graduate school, statements of policy, correspondence, minutes, to 1956
Box 3, Folder 2Grants and fellowships
Box 3, Folder 3History Department affairs, 1961-1975
Box 3, Folder 4History Department affairs, 1945-1960
Box 3, Folder 5History lectures, miscellaneous
Box 3, Folder 6Honors Committee minutes, 1943-1955
Box 3, Folder 7Honors Studies, Program in - Correspondence, evaluation of students, 1941-1965
Box 4, Folder 1-2Honors Studies, Program in - mimeographed material, 1941-1965
Contains confidential information

Box 4, Folder 3Law school admissions tests and other information re: pre-law requirements, 1956-1960
Box 4, Folder 4Letters to the editor - addresses, TV, miscellany, 1946-1976
Box 4, Folder 5Letters to the editor - addresses, TV, miscellany, 1932-1945
Box 4, Folder 6Marshall scholarships - information about British universities, 1958-1962
Box 5, Folder 1Recommendations (Letters of) for academic personnel
This folder contains confidential information

Box 5, Folder 2-4Recommendations (Letters of) for students
These folders contain confidential information

Box 5, Folder 5Reports to and from administration, records of work done, correspondence about work, 1938-1971
Box 6, Folder 1Rhodes Scholarship, 1948-1975
Box 6, Folder 2Rhodes Scholarship, 1933-1947
Box 6, Folder 3River Campus Committee, 1956-1957
Box 6, Folder 4River Campus crisis, December 1967-January 1968
Box 6, Folder 5Rush Rhees Library, Gifts to, 1972
Box 6, Folder 6Students and former students, Correspondence with, 1960-1976
Box 6, Folder 7;
Box 7, Folder 1
Students and former students, Correspondence with, 1939-1959
Box 7, Folder 2Tenure Committee, 1946, 1954-1963
This folder contains confidential information

Box 7, Folder 3Tributes, faculty meetings, other occasions, 1946-1965
Box 7, Folder 4Academic honesty, 1938-1944
This folder contains confidential information

Box 7, Folder 5Chapel project (aborted), 1968
Box 7, Folder 6Committee on Committees, 1962-1963
Box 7, Folder 7Social Sciences Committee, 1963-1964
Box 7, Folder 8-9University of Rochester miscellaneous, 1944-1967
Series II: Other universities
Box 7, Folder 10;
Box 8, Folder 1
India - Trip to Lucknow and subsequent material, 1957
Box 13, Folder 1India - Mimeographed document on "General education"
Box 13, Folder 2India - Lucknow University prospectus, 1957-1958
Box 8, Folder 2-3India - Printed materials
Box 8, Folder 4India - Visit of Indian educators to University of Rochester, 1957
Box 8, Folder 5India - C.E.P. Subcommittee reports, material collected for Indian educators, 1946-1954
Box 8, Folder 6Sarah Lawrence College - Correspondence and records, 1944-1960
Box 8, Folder 7;
Box 9, Folder 1
Trinity College, 1966-1967
Box 9, Folder 2University of British Columbia, 1970
Box 9, Folder 3University of British Columbia Summer School history lectures, circa 1972
Series III: Civic and political activities
Box 9, Folder 4American Arbitration Association - Warsaw Electric Company and United Steelworkers, 1946
Box 9, Folder 5Hardman, J.B.S. (Correspondence with) - Labor and Nation articles, 1946-1952
Box 9, Folder 6National War Labor Board - General notes and correspondence
Box 9, Folder 7National War Labor Board - Manuals
Box 9, Folder 8National War Labor Board - Buffalo Courier Express and I.U.O.E.
Box 10, Folder 1National War Labor Board - General Hospital/Highland Hospital and I.U.O.E.
Box 10, Folder 2National War Labor Board - Hopeman Lumber and Manufacturing Co. and I.U.O.E.; also Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators
Box 10, Folder 3National War Labor Board - Rochester Ice and Cold Storage Utilities and International Union of Operating Engineers
Box 10, Folder 4National War Labor Board - Todd Company and International Printing Pressmen's Union
Box 10, Folder 5New York State Mediation Board - New York State School of Labor and Industrial Relations
Box 10, Folder 6Newspaper projected (aborted), 1943-1945
Box 10, Folder 7Police Advisory Board, March 1967-March 1974
Box 10, Folder 8Police Advisory Board, March 1963-March 1967
Box 10, Folder 9Police Advisory Board cases - Englerth, Ford P., 1965
Box 11, Folder 1Police Advisory Board cases - DeWeaver, Frank A., 1965
Box 11, Folder 2Police Advisory Board cases - Dunhill, Victor S., 1965
Box 11, Folder 3Police Advisory Board cases - Kennison, William P., 1965
Box 11, Folder 4Police Advisory Board cases - Locust Club v. City of Rochester, 1965
Box 11, Folder 5Police Advisory Board cases - Philadelphia, 1960-1962
Box 11, Folder 6Police Advisory Board cases - Rochester, 1965
Box 12, Folder 1Police Advisory Board cases - Saunders, Valerie Eva, 1965
Box 12, Folder 2Police Advisory Board - Photographs and clippings
Box 12, Folder 3Political correspondence - U.D.A., R.G.L.A., A.D.A., Loeb controversy, 1941-1951
Box 12, Folder 4Politics - Election campaign activities for Adlai Stevenson, A.D.A.
Box 12, Folder 5Rochester - Miscellaneous correspondence and data
Box 12, Folder 6World War II - Correspondence, etc. on engaging in
Series IV: Personal material
Box 12, Folder 7Correspondence with friends in academia, 1954-1974
Box 12, Folder 8Medical history
Box 12, Folder 9Obituaries, memorial service (Willson Coates)
Box 12, Folder 10Retirement episodes, 1963-1965
Box 12, Folder 11-12Vita material
Series V: Grade books and class lists
Box 13, Folder 3Grade books, 1925-1937
This folder contains confidential information

Box 14, Folder 1Grade books, 1937-1947
This folder contains confidential information

Box 14, Folder 2Grade books, 1948-1960
This folder contains confidential information

Box 14, Folder 3Grade books, 1960-1965
This folder contains confidential information

Box 14, Folder 4-5Class lists, 1943-1944
Series VI: Learned societies and journals
Box 15, Folder 1American Historical Association meetings, 1960-1976
Box 15, Folder 2American Historical Association meetings, 1940-1959
Box 15, Folder 3Canadian and American historical associations and joint committees, 1968-1974
Box 15, Folder 4Comparative studies in society and history, 1955-1963
Box 15, Folder 5Comparative studies in society and history - mimeographed material, 1956-1965
Box 15, Folder 6C.S.S.H. Conference on millenarianism, 1960
Box 16, Folder 1Conference on British Studies - correspondence, 1951-1975
Box 16, Folder 2-3Conference on British Studies - mimeographed and printed materials, 1954-1966
Box 16, Folder 4Economic History Association - Journal of Economic History, 1948-1956
Box 16, Folder 5-6Learned journals - Reviews, articles published and unpublished, general correspondence, 1931-1965
Box 16, Folder 7New York State Association of European Histories
Series VII: Scholarly projects
Box 17, Folder 2Discourses on historical themes, history symposiums, philosophy groups, India, 1955-1965
Box 17, Folder 3Gardiner introduction - The First Stuarts and the Puritan Revolution, 1970
Box 17, Folder 4-5Historical abstracts
Box 17, Folder 6An intellectual history of Western Europe: correspondence with Hayden White
Box 17, Folder 7An intellectual history: correspondence with McGraw-Hill, 1968-1976
Box 18, Folder 1An intellectual history: correspondence with McGraw-Hill, 1952-1966
Box 18, Folder 2An intellectual history: correspondence with McGraw-Hill re: royalties, 1967-1976
Box 19, Folder 1An intellectual history: correspondence with J. Salwyn Schapiro, 1952-1966
Box 19, Folder 2-3An intellectual history: correspondence, reviews, ideas
Box 19, Folder 4An intellectual history: ideas
Box 19, Folder 5Literary award from the Friends of the Rochester Public Library, 1966-1973
Box 20, Folder 1Notestein Festschrift - Stuart bibliography, 1957-1962
Box 20, Folder 2Publishers (correspondence with) - evaluation of manuscripts, criticism of books published, 1949-1968
Box 20, Folder 3Puritanism
Box 20, Folder 4Seventeenth-century research, correspondence about, 1950-1970
Box 20, Folder 5Short parliament of 1640: correspondence, 1958-1976
Box 20, Folder 6-7Short parliament: miscellaneous material
Box 21, Folder 1D'Ewes project: published in 1942
Box 21, Folder 2D'Ewes project: continuation, 1946-1976
Box 21, Folder 3Yale parliamentary diaries project, 1965-1971
Box 21, Folder 4-5Tanner manuscript
Series VIII: Notebooks, articles, and reviews
Box 16, Folder 8Book reviews, 1961-1974
Box 17, Folder 1Book reviews, 1924-1960
Box 22, Folder 1Political science notes (Oxford)
Box 22, Folder 2English History seminary (Oxford)
Box 22, Folder 3History notes - French Revolution (Oxford)
Box 22, Folder 4History notes - Eastern Europe (Oxford)
Box 22, Folder 5-6History notes - Napoleon (Oxford)
Box 22, Folder 7Notebook of quotations
Box 23, Folder 1Lecture notes - Perkins
Box 23, Folder 2Lecture notes - Van Deusen
Box 23, Folder 3Review of Bowden, The Wool Trade in Tudor and Stuart England (American Historical Review, 1963)
Box 23, Folder 4Review of Brailsford, The Levellers and the English Revolution (AHR, 1962)
Box 23, Folder 5Review of Underdown, Royalist Conspiracy in England (Political Science Quarterly, 1960)
Box 23, Folder 6Review of Wedgwood, The King's War, 1641-47 (AHR, 1959)
Box 23, Folder 7Review of Eusden, Puritans, Lawyers, and Politics in the Early Seventeenth Century England (Yale Law Journal, 1958)
Box 23, Folder 8Review of Popper, The Poverty of Historicism (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1958)
Box 23, Folder 9Review of Rowse, The Early Churchills: An English Family (AHR, 1956)
Box 23, Folder 10Review of Eisenstadt, Charles McLean Andrews: A Study in American Historical Writing (Annals, 1956)
Box 23, Folder 11Review of Berlin, Historical Inevitability (Annals, 1956)
Box 23, Folder 12Review of Judson, The Crisis of the Constitution (AHR, 1950)
Box 23, Folder 13Coates, "Bethamism, Laissez Faire, and Collectivism" (Journal of the History of Ideas, 1950)
Box 23, Folder 14Review of Schapiro, Liberalism and the Challenge of Fascism (JHI, 1950)
Box 23, Folder 15Coates, "Relativism and the Use of Hypothesis in History" (Journal of Modern History, 1949)
Box 23, Folder 16Review of Orton, The Liberal Tradition (PSQ, 1946)
Box 23, Folder 17Coates, "The Meaning of Liberalism for Americans" (Colgate-Rochester Divinity School Bulletin, 1938)
Box 23, Folder 18Coates, "Some Observations on the Grand Remonstrance" (JMH, 1932)
Box 23, Folder 19Coates, "The British Cabinet Crisis of August, 1931" (Historical Outlook, 1931)
Box 23, Folder 20Coates and Marcham, "The Growth of Cabinet Government in England"
Box 23, Folder 21Coates, "Sir Walter Ralegh: The Man and the Artist" (Reviews in European History, 1974)
Box 23, Folder 22Review of Marx, Histoire du Royaume-Uni: Les Principaux Courants (AHR, 1969)
Box 23, Folder 23Review of Checkland, The Rise of Industrial Society in England, 1815-1885 (Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 1966)
Box 23, Folder 24Coates, "A Note on the Diggers" (from Millennial Dreams in Action)
Box 23, Folder 25Coates, "An Analysis of Major Conflicts in Seventeenth-Century England" (1960)
Box 23, Folder 26Coates, "India. . . higher education is hampered by poverty and lack of resources" (Rochester Review, 1958)
Box 23, Folder 27Coates, "Where Are We At, Five Years Since V-J Day" (Labor and Nation, 1950)
Box 23, Folder 28Coates, "Showdown of Isms in Theory and Practice" (LN, 1950)
Box 24, Folder 1Coates (keynoter), "Crisis in Liberalism" (LN, 1948)
Box 24, Folder 2Review of Haskins, The Growth of English Representative Government (Illinois Law Review, 1948)
Box 24, Folder 3Coates, "What is Progress?" (Journal of Philosophy, 1948)
Box 24, Folder 4Review of Toynbee, A Study of History, and Somewell, Abridgment of Vols. I-VI (AHR, 1947)
Box 24, Folder 5Review of Zucker, The Philosophy of American History (AHR, 1945)
Box 24, Folder 6Review of Wormuth, The Royal Prerogative (Cornell Law Quarterly, 1959)
Box 24, Folder 7Review of Hankin and MacDermot, Recovery by Control - A Solution for Canada (The American Oxonian, 1934)

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