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
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1: University of Rochester
Box 2: University of Rochester
Box 3: University of Rochester
Box 4: University of Rochester
Box 5: University of Rochester
Box 6: University of Rochester
Box 7: University of Rochester; Other Universities
Box 8: Other Universities
Box 9: Other Universities; Civic and Political Activities
Box 10: Civic and Political Activities
Box 11: Civic and Political Activities
Box 12: Civic and Political Activities; Personal Material
Box 13: Personal Material
Box 14: Personal Material
Box 15: Learned Societies and Journals
Box 16: Learned Societies and Journals; Scholarly Projects
Box 17: Scholarly Projects
Box 18: Scholarly Projects
Box 19: Scholarly Projects
Box 20: Scholarly Projects
Box 21: Scholarly Projects
Box 22: Notebooks, Articles, and Reviews
Box 23: Notebooks, Articles, and Reviews
Box 24: 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.

Subject(s):
Coates, Willson Havelock
University of Rochester -- Faculty
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)
Rochester (N.Y.). Police Advisory Board
Historians
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
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[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
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Collection Inventory:
Box 1: University of Rochester
Folder 1. Obituaries, memorial services
Folder 2. A.A.U.P. and negotiations on tenure regulations (1936-41)
Folder 3. Anthropology Ph.D. ad hoc committee (1962)
Folder 4. Appointments, promotions, leaves of absence (1923-74)
Folder 5. Bibliographies
Folder 6. British History 225
Folder 7. British scholar in American history, Search for (1962)
Folder 8. Correspondence with American scholars (1961-76)
Folder 9. Correspondence with American scholars, Canadian and English in the US (1 of 2) (1945-60)
Box 2: University of Rochester
Folder 1. Correspondence with American scholars, Canadian and English in the US (2 of 2) (1945-60)
Folder 2. Correspondence with people in England and other items concerning travel (1933-69)
Folder 3. English Department ad hoc committee (1956-65)
Folder 4. George, C.H. - Correspondence
Folder 5. Graduate School (1 of 2) (1966-1970)
Folder 6. Graduate School (2 of 2) (1966-1970)
Folder 7. Graduate School (1957-65)
Box 3: University of Rochester
Folder 1. Graduate school, statements of policy, correspondence, minutes (to 1956)
Folder 2. Grants and fellowships
Folder 3. History Department affairs (1961-75)
Folder 4. History Department affairs (1945-60)
Folder 5. History lectures, miscellaneous
Folder 6. Honors Committee minutes (1943-55)
Folder 7. Honors Studies, Program in - Correspondence, evaluation of students (1941-65)
Box 4: University of Rochester
Folder 1. Honors Studies, Program in - Mimeographed material (1 of 2) (1941-65) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 2. Honors Studies, Program in - Mimeographed material (2 of 2) (1941-65)
Folder 3. Law school admissions tests and other information re: pre-law requirements (1956-60)
Folder 4. Letters to the editor - Addresses, TV, miscellany (1946-76)
Folder 5. Letters to the editor - Addresses, TV, miscellany (1932-45)
Folder 6. Marshall scholarships - Information about British universities (1958-62)
Box 5: University of Rochester
Folder 1. Recommendations (Letters of) for academic personnel [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 2. Recommendations (Letters of) for students (1 of 3) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 3. Recommendations (Letters of) for students (2 of 3) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 4. Recommendations (Letters of) for students (3 of 3) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 5. Reports to and from administration, records of work done, correspondence about work (1938-71)
Box 6: University of Rochester
Folder 1. Rhodes Scholarship (1948-75)
Folder 2. Rhodes Scholarship (1933-47)
Folder 3. River Campus Committee (1956-57)
Folder 4. River Campus crisis (Dec. 1967-Jan. 1968)
Folder 5. Rush Rhees Library, Gifts to (1972)
Folder 6. Students and former students, Correspondence with (1960-76)
Folder 7. Students and former students, Correspondence with (1 of 2) (1939-59)
Box 7: University of Rochester; Other Universities
Folder 1. Students and former students, Correspondence with (2 of 2) (1939-59)
Folder 2. Tenure Committee (1946, 1954-63) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 3. Tributes, faculty meetings, other occasions (1946-65)
Folder 4. Academic honesty (1938-44) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 5. Chapel project (aborted) (1968)
Folder 6. Committee on Committees (1962-63)
Folder 7. Social Sciences Committee (1963-64)
Folder 8. University of Rochester miscellaneous (1 of 2) (1944-67)
Folder 9. University of Rochester miscellaneous (2 of 2) (1944-67)
Folder 10. India - Trip to Lucknow (1957) and subsequent material (1 of 2)
Box 8: Other Universities
Folder 1. India - Trip to Lucknow (1957) and subsequent material (2 of 2)
Folder 2. India - Printed materials (1 of 2)
Folder 3. India - Printed materials (2 of 2)
Folder 4. India - Visit of Indian educators to University of Rochester (1957)
Folder 5. India - C.E.P. Subcommittee reports, material collected for Indian educators (1946-54)
Folder 6. Sarah Lawrence College - Correspondence and records (1944-60)
Folder 7. Trinity College (1 of 2) (1966-67)
Box 9: Other Universities; Civic and Political Activities
Folder 1. Trinity College (2 of 2) (1966-67)
Folder 2. University of British Columbia (1970)
Folder 3. University of British Columbia Summer School history lectures (c. 1972)
Folder 4. American Arbitration Association - Warsaw Electric Company and United Steelworkers (1946)
Folder 5. Hardman, J.B.S. (Correspondence with) - Labor and Nation articles (1946-52)
Folder 6. National War Labor Board - General notes and correspondence
Folder 7. National War Labor Board - Manuals
Folder 8. National War Labor Board - Buffalo Courier Express and I.U.O.E.
Box 10: Civic and Political Activities
Folder 1. National War Labor Board - General Hospital/Highland Hospital and I.U.O.E.
Folder 2. National War Labor Board - Hopeman Lumber and Manufacturing Co. and I.U.O.E.; also Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators
Folder 3. National War Labor Board - Rochester Ice and Cold Storage Utilities and International Union of Operating Engineers
Folder 4. National War Labor Board - Todd Company and International Printing Pressmen's Union
Folder 5. New York State Mediation Board - New York State School of Labor and Industrial Relations
Folder 6. Newspaper projected (aborted) (1943-45)
Folder 7. Police Advisory Board (March 1967-March 1974)
Folder 8. Police Advisory Board (March 1963-March 1967)
Folder 9. Police Advisory Board cases - Englerth, Ford P. (1965)
Box 11: Civic and Political Activities
Folder 1. Police Advisory Board cases - DeWeaver, Frank A. (1965)
Folder 2. Police Advisory Board cases - Dunhill, Victor S. (1965)
Folder 3. Police Advisory Board cases - Kennison, William P. (1965)
Folder 4. Police Advisory Board cases - Locust Club v. City of Rochester (1965)
Folder 5. Police Advisory Board cases - Philadelphia (1960-62)
Folder 6. Police Advisory Board cases - Rochester (1965)
Box 12: Civic and Political Activities; Personal Material
Folder 1. Police Advisory Board cases - Saunders, Valerie Eva (1965)
Folder 2. Police Advisory Board - Photographs and Clippings
Folder 3. Political correspondence - U.D.A., R.G.L.A., A.D.A., Loeb Controversy (1941-51)
Folder 4. Politics - Election campaign activities for Adlai Stevenson, A.D.A.
Folder 5. Rochester - Miscellaneous correspondence and data
Folder 6. World War II - Correspondence, etc. on engaging in
Folder 7. Correspondence with friends in academia (1954-74)
Folder 8. Medical history
Folder 9. Obituaries, memorial service (Willson Coates)
Folder 10. Retirement episodes (1963-65)
Folder 11. Vita material (1 of 2)
Folder 12. Vita material (2 of 2)
Box 13: Personal Material
Folder 1. India - Mimeographed document on "General Education"
Folder 2. India - Lucknow University Prospectus (1957-58)
Folder 3. Grade books (1925-37) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Box 14: Personal Material
Folder 1. Grade books (1937-47) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 2. Grade books (1948-60) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 3. Grade books (1960-65) [Conditions Governing Access: This folder contains confidential information.]
Folder 4. Class lists (1943-44)
Folder 5. Class lists (1943-44)
Box 15: Learned Societies and Journals
Folder 1. American Historical Association meetings (1960-76)
Folder 2. American Historical Association meetings (1940-59)
Folder 3. Canadian and American historical associations and joint committees (1968-74)
Folder 4. Comparative studies in society and history (1955-63)
Folder 5. Comparative studies in society and history - Mimeographed material (1956-65)
Folder 6. C.S.S.H. 1960 Conference on Millenarianism
Box 16: Learned Societies and Journals; Scholarly Projects
Folder 1. Conference on British Studies - Correspondence (1951-75)
Folder 2. Conference on British Studies - Mimeographed and printed materials (1 of 2) (1954-66)
Folder 3. Conference on British Studies - Mimeographed and printed materials (2 of 2) (1954-66)
Folder 4. Economic History Association - Journal of Economic History (1948-56)
Folder 5. Learned journals - Reviews, articles published and unpublished, general correspondence (1 of 2) (1931-65)
Folder 6. Learned journals - Reviews, articles published and unpublished, general correspondence (2 of 2) (1931-65)
Folder 7. New York State Association of European Histories
Folder 8. Book reviews (1961-74)
Box 17: Scholarly Projects
Folder 1. Book reviews (1924-60)
Folder 2. Discourses on historical themes, history symposiums, philosophy groups, India (1955-65)
Folder 3. Gardiner introduction - The First Stuarts and the Puritan Revolution (1970)
Folder 4. Historical abstracts (1 of 2)
Folder 5. Historical abstracts (2 of 2)
Folder 6. An Intellectual History of Western Europe: Correspondence with Hayden White
Folder 7. An Intellectual History: Correspondence with McGraw-Hill (1968-76)
Box 18: Scholarly Projects
Folder 1. An Intellectual History: Correspondence with McGraw-Hill (1952-66)
Folder 2. An Intellectual History: Correspondence with McGraw-Hill re: royalties (1967-76)
Box 19: Scholarly Projects
Folder 1. An Intellectual History: Correspondence with J. Salwyn Schapiro (1952-66)
Folder 2. An Intellectual History: Correspondence, reviews, ideas (1 of 2)
Folder 3. An Intellectual History: Correspondence, reviews, ideas (2 of 2)
Folder 4. An Intellectual History: Ideas
Folder 5. Literary award from the Friends of the Rochester Public Library (1966-73)
Box 20: Scholarly Projects
Folder 1. Notestein Festschrift - Stuart bibliography (1957-62)
Folder 2. Publishers (Correspondence with) - Evaluation of manuscripts, criticism of books published (1949-68)
Folder 3. Puritanism
Folder 4. Seventeenth-century research, Correspondence about (1950-70)
Folder 5. The Short Parliament of 1640: Correspondence (1958-76)
Folder 6. Short Parliament: Miscellaneous material (1 of 2)
Folder 7. Short Parliament: Miscellaneous material (2 of 2)
Box 21: Scholarly Projects
Folder 1. D'Ewes project: Published in 1942
Folder 2. D'Ewes project: Continuation (1946-76)
Folder 3. Yale Parliamentary Diaries project (1965-71)
Folder 4. Tanner manuscript (1 of 2)
Folder 5. Tanner manuscript (2 of 2)
Box 22: Notebooks, Articles, and Reviews
Folder 1. Political science notes (Oxford)
Folder 2. English History seminary (Oxford)
Folder 3. History notes - French Revolution (Oxford)
Folder 4. History notes - Eastern Europe (Oxford)
Folder 5. History notes - Napoleon (Oxford) (1 of 2)
Folder 6. History notes - Napoleon (Oxford) (2 of 2)
Folder 7. Notebook of quotations
Box 23: Notebooks, Articles, and Reviews
Folder 1. Lecture notes - Perkins
Folder 2. Lecture notes - Van Deusen
Folder 3. Review of Bowden, The Wool Trade in Tudor and Stuart England (American Historical Review, 1963)
Folder 4. Review of Brailsford, The Levellers and the English Revolution (AHR, 1962)
Folder 5. Review of Underdown, Royalist Conspiracy in England (Political Science Quarterly, 1960)
Folder 6. Review of Wedgwood, The King's War, 1641-47 (AHR, 1959)
Folder 7. Review of Eusden, Puritans, Lawyers, and Politics in the Early Seventeenth Century England (Yale Law Journal, 1958)
Folder 8. Review of Popper, The Poverty of Historicism (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1958)
Folder 9. Review of Rowse, The Early Churchills: An English Family (AHR, 1956)
Folder 10. Review of Eisenstadt, Charles McLean Andrews: A Study in American Historical Writing (Annals, 1956)
Folder 11. Review of Berlin, Historical Inevitability (Annals, 1956)
Folder 12. Review of Judson, The Crisis of the Constitution (AHR, 1950)
Folder 13. Coates, "Bethamism, Laissez Faire, and Collectivism" (Journal of the History of Ideas, 1950)
Folder 14. Review of Schapiro, Liberalism and the Challenge of Fascism (JHI, 1950)
Folder 15. Coates, "Relativism and the Use of Hypothesis in History" (Journal of Modern History, 1949)
Folder 16. Review of Orton, The Liberal Tradition (PSQ, 1946)
Folder 17. Coates, "The Meaning of Liberalism for Americans" (Colgate-Rochester Divinity School Bulletin, 1938)
Folder 18. Coates, "Some Observations on the Grand Remonstrance" (JMH, 1932)
Folder 19. Coates, "The British Cabinet Crisis of August, 1931" (Historical Outlook, 1931)
Folder 20. Coates and Marcham, "The Growth of Cabinet Government in England"
Folder 21. Coates, "Sir Walter Ralegh: The Man and the Artist" (Reviews in European History, 1974)
Folder 22. Review of Marx, Histoire du Royaume-Uni: Les Principaux Courants (AHR, 1969)
Folder 23. Review of Checkland, The Rise of Industrial Society in England, 1815-1885 (Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 1966)
Folder 24. Coates, "A Note on the Diggers" (from Millennial Dreams in Action)
Folder 25. Coates, "An Analysis of Major Conflicts in Seventeenth-Century England" (1960)
Folder 26. Coates, "India. . . higher education is hampered by poverty and lack of resources" (Rochester Review, 1958)
Folder 27. Coates, "Where Are We At, Five Years Since V-J Day" (Labor and Nation, 1950)
Folder 28. Coates, "Showdown of Isms in Theory and Practice" (LN, 1950)
Box 24: Notebooks, Articles, and Reviews
Folder 1. Coates (keynoter), "Crisis in Liberalism" (LN, 1948)
Folder 2. Review of Haskins, The Growth of English Representative Government (Illinois Law Review, 1948)
Folder 3. Coates, "What is Progress?" (Journal of Philosophy, 1948)
Folder 4. Review of Toynbee, A Study of History, and Somewell, Abridgment of Vols. I-VI (AHR, 1947)
Folder 5. Review of Zucker, The Philosophy of American History (AHR, 1945)
Folder 6. Review of Wormuth, The Royal Prerogative (Cornell Law Quarterly, 1959)
Folder 7. Review of Hankin and MacDermot, Recovery by Control - A Solution for Canada (The American Oxonian, 1934)


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