Subseries 2.1
Writings by Coan, 1928-1987
Boxes 4-15 (folder 9) and BV 1-4

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of manuscripts and typescripts of Coan's writings from 1928-1987, including articles, book projects, reviews, sermons, speeches, and student writing. Folders contain typescripts, manuscripts, notes, and a small amount of correspondence. Coan's shorter writings and book projects demonstrate his interest in missions to Africa, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the lives of individual missionaries. Of particular interest are the essays and reflections he wrote as a missionary in South Africa from 1945-1947. The bulk of Coan's student writing pertains to his doctoral work at Hartford Seminary. For lecture notes relating to his teaching, refer to the Teaching Files (Series 6).

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order with the exception of speeches, which are arranged chronologically.

Articles and essays
Box Folder Content
4 1 "Adventures in South Africa," circa 1947
4 2 "African Methodist Episcopal Church," no date
4 3 "African Methodism and Foreign Missions," no date
4 4 "A.M.E. Missionary Work," circa 1947
4 5 "An Bord der Deutschland," circa 1947
4 6 "Beginnings of the A.M.E. Church in Central Africa"
4 7 "Birth of Ghana and the Rebirth of A.M.E. Missions," no date
4 8 "Birth of Ghana: How Did It Come About?" no date
4 9 "Bishop Francis Herman Gow," no date
4 10 "Bishop Greene Raises $87,000 for Morris Brown College, Request for Bishop Greene's Return is Unanimous," no date
4 11 "Bishop Greene's Three-Point Program for the A.M.E. Church in Georgia," no date
4 12 "Bishop Turner, A.M.E., and the Back-to-Africa Movement," no date
4 13 "Black Theological Experience and Education at ITC (Interdenominational Theological Center)," June 18, 1972
4 14 "Black Women in Southern Africa," no date
4 15 "Brief Sketch of the Life of Bishop L.J. Coppin," no date
4 16 "By and By the Harvest," circa 1947
4 17 "Challenge of the Proposed West African Trip," Commission on Promotion, Morris Brown College, no date
4 18 "The Changed Field," circa 1947
4 19 "Christian Leadership Education Congress," no date
4 20 "The Church: Its Calling, Its Nature, Its Mission," no date
4 21 "The College Student Seeks a Faith: Where Does the Student Search?" no date
4 22 "Communicating the Christian Gospel," no date
4 23 "Conformers or Transformers?" no date
4 24 "Contemporary Missionary Challenges," no date
4 25 "Daniel Alexander Payne, Christian Educator," no date
4 26 "The Dream Came True," circa 1947
4 27 "Duties of a College Minister," no date
4 28 "Excerpts from Bishop Payne's 'Epistles on the Education of the Ministry," circa 1964
4 29 "Fire Story," no date
4 30 "First Days on the African Continent," circa 1947
4 31 "First Eight Volumes of The Voice of Missions," typescripts and research notes, circa 1971
4 32 "For Release," July 7, 1982
4 33 "Fourteenth Connectional Christian Education Congress: An Appraisal," no date
4 34 "Fresh Thrusts for African Methodism in the 1980s," no date
4 35 "Grace of Gratitude," no date
4 36 "Henry McNeal Turner, A Fearless Prophet of Black Liberation," 1973
4 37 "Historical Statement of the Interdenominational Theological Center," no date
4 38 "How I Have Implemented the 'Black Religious Experience' in My Classes," Theories of Learning in Christian Education, 1962
4 39 "How May We Get Children of Unchurched Families in Our Sunday School?" no date
4 40 "I Witnessed the Birth of Ghana," no date
4 41 "Implementing the Program of Leadership Development in the A.M.E. Church," no date
4 42 "Impressions of the AATS Summer Workshop," 1971
4 43 "Impressions of the Biennial Convention of the Religious Education Association," no date
4 44 "In England: The First Night," circa 1947
4 45 "Leadership Development," no date
4 46 "Membership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church," no date
4 47 "Missionary Pathfinders of South Africa," circa 1947
4 48 "Missionary Studies during the Summer Months," no date
4 49 "The Mission of the Black Church," Leadership Training Institute, August 1970
5 1 "More Receptions," circa 1947
5 2 "Mr. Saint Pierre Morris," no date
5 3 "Multiple Roles of the Black Preacher in Africa," no date
5 4 "Need for a Comprehensive Program of Leadership Training," no date
5 5 "Need of a Department of Religious Education in our Colleges and Seminars," no date
5 6 "Needed: A Re-Awakening in African Methodism," no date
5 7 "New Trends in Missionary Thought and Action," A.M.E. Church Recorder, June 20, 1961
5 8 "Obeying to the Heavenly Visions," circa 1947
5 9 "Observations on Missionary Stipends," no date
5 10 "Our Christian Mission in Light of the Gospel," no date
5 11 "Pastoral Counseling," no date
5 12 "A Peculiar Man I Have Met," no date
5 13 "Persecuted, But Not Forsaken," no date
5 14 "Petty Thief," no date
5 15 "Problems of the African Clergy," no date
5 16 "Problems of South Africa," no date
5 17 "Redemption of Africa: The Vital Impulse of Black American Overseas Missionaries," no date
5 18 "Rediscovering the Christian Mission," no date
5 19 Reflections, on train from Cape Town to Johannesburg, December 7, 1945
5 20 "Reginald Eaves Affair," no date
5 21 "Responsibility of the Seminary Towards its Sponsoring Denomination," no date
5 22 "Reverend Hannington Ziyezwa," circa 1947
5 23 "The Role of the Christian Church in the African Conflict," findings of the Workshop Group of the National Fraternal Council of Churches, Detroit, Michigan, April 28-30, 1953
5 24 "Role of the Christian Church in the New Africa," no date
5 25 "Seeing London," circa 1947
5 26 "Some Contributions of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to the Development of African Methodism in the Continent of Africa," no date
5 27 "Stolen Car," no date
5 28 "Theological Education for African Methodism in the 1980s," no date
5 29 "The Third Quadrennial Convention in Retrospect and Prospect," no date
5 30 "Three Pioneer Women," no date
5 31 "Training Builders," circa 1947
5 32 "Turner Theological Seminary in the Interdenominational Theological Center," February 15, 1963
5 33 "Unforgettable Reverend John Lester C. Membe," no date
5 34 "Unlucky Building," no date
5 35 "Who Is A General Officer?" no date
5 36 "Workshop on Strategy for Training Christian Education Conference Directors: Salient Points," 1961
5 37 "Worship and Practice," circa 1947
Book projects: African Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgia, 1864-1984
5 38 Annual conferences, Georgia, notes
5 39 Annual conferences, Macon, Georgia, notes
5 40 Annual conferences, North Georgia, notes
5 41 Annual conferences, South Carolina, notes
5 42 Annual conferences, Southwest Georgia, notes
6 1 Brown, Bishop John Mifflin, manuscripts with notes
6 2 Campbell, Bishop Jabez Pitt, manuscripts with notes
6 3 Dickerson, Bishop William Fisher, manuscripts with notes
6 4 Flipper, Bishop Joseph Simeon, manuscripts with notes
6 5 Fountain, Bishop William Alfred, manuscripts with notes
6 6 Gaines, Bishop Wesley John, manuscripts with notes
6 7 Grant, Bishop Abraham, manuscripts with notes
6 8 Smith, Bishop Charles Spencer, manuscripts with notes
6 9 Shorter, Bishop James Alexander, manuscripts with notes
6 10 Turner, Bishop Henry McNeal, manuscripts with notes
6 11 Ward, Bishop Thomas Marcus Decatur, manuscripts with notes
6 12 Wayman, Bishop Alexander Washington, manuscripts with notes
6 13 "Chapter 20: The Administration of Bishop Harold Irvin Bearden," manuscript
7 1 "Introduction and outline," manuscript
7 2 Part I: "Beginning of the A.M.E. Church in Georgia," manuscript
7 3 Part I: "By Way of Summary," manuscript
7 4 Part I, typescript with research notes
7 5 Part I, typescript [1 of 2]
7 6 Part I, typescript [2 of 2]
7 7 Part II: "A Half Century of Advance, 1892-1948," manuscript
7 8 Part II, typescript [1 of 4]
7 9 Part II, typescript [2 of 4]
7 10 Part II, typescript [3 of 4]
7 11 Part II, typescript [4 of 4]
8 1 Part III, typescript [1 of 3]
8 2 Part III, typescript [2 of 3]
8 3 Part III, typescript [3 of 3]
8 4 Manuscript and typescript fragments with notes [1 of 2]
8 5 Manuscript and typescript fragments with notes [2 of 2]
8 6 Typescript [1 of 5]
8 7 Typescript [2 of 5]
8 8 Typescript [3 of 5]
8 9 Typescript [4 of 5]
9 1 Typescript [5 of 5]
9 2 Typescript, partial draft
Book projects: African Methodist Episcopal Church History: Four Nineteenth Century Giants
9 3 "Chapter I: The Birth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church," typescript
9 4 "Henry McNeal Turner: Prophet of Black Liberation," typescript
9 5 "Spirit and Message of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner," manuscript
9 6 "William Paul Quinn: Pioneer Missionary," typescript
9 7 Treatise on Henry McNeal Turner, typescripts and manuscripts
9 8 Typescripts [1 of 2]
9 9 Typescripts [2 of 2]
Book projects: Black American Missionaries to Africa
9 10 "2nd Draft," manuscript [1 of 2]
9 11 "2nd Draft," manuscript [2 of 2]
9 12 "Black American Missionaries Overseas: Tentative Outline"
9 13 "Contents," typescript with notes
9 14 "Joseph F.B. and Gertrude Townsend Coleman," typescripts and manuscripts with notes
10 1 "Miss Anna E. Hall: God's Noble Woman," typescripts and manuscripts with notes [1 of 2]
10 2 "Miss Anna E. Hall: God's Noble Woman," typescripts and manuscripts with notes [2 of 2]
10 3 Missionaries to Liberia, typescripts and manuscripts with notes
10 4 Missionaries to Sierra Leone, manuscripts with notes
10 5 Missionaries to the West Indies, manuscripts
10 6 "Reverend Allen Henry Attaway," manuscripts with research notes
10 7 "Torchbearers," typescript
10 8 "W.L. Turner," manuscripts with notes
10 9 Typescript [1 of 3] [contains photographs]
11 1 Typescript [2 of 3] [contains photographs]
11 2 Typescript [3 of 3] [contains photographs]
11 3 Typescript, 1977 [1 of 2]
11 4 Typescript, 1977 [2 of 2]
11 5 Typescript, Chapters 1-3
11 6 Typescript, Chapters 8-12
11 7 Typescript, chapters converted to papers for the A.M.E. Church Review, 1987
11 8 Typescript fragments
Book projects: The Black Church Scholars Series
11 9 Correspondence,
11 10 Typescripts
Book projects: Daniel Alexander Payne: Christian Educator
11 11 Book jacket
11 12 Typescripts and manuscripts
Book reviews
12 1 African Nationalism, Ndabaningi Sithole, 1959
12 2 Beneath the Southern Cross, Charlotte Crogman Wright, 1955
12 3 Better Leaders for Your Church, Weldon Crossland, 1955
12 4 Children in the Church, Iris Cully, 1960
12 5 The Church Redemptive, Howard Grimes, 1958
12 6 The Church's Educational Ministry: A Curriculum Plan, National Council of Churches, 1965
12 7 Fourteen Africans vs. One American, Frederic Fox, 1962
12 8 Freedom and Faith: New Approaches to Christian Education, J Gordon Chamberlin, 1965
12 9 God's Mission--And Ours, Eugene Smith, 1961
12 10 Global Odyssey, Howard Johnson, 1963
12 11 He Followed His Star: A Pen Portrait of the Life, Personality, and Chief Exploits of William Alfred Fountain, Sr., by Charles Leander Hill, 1987
12 12 "Hints for Book Reviewers," circa 1958
12 13 The Holy Spirit in Christian Education, by Rachael Henderlite, 1964
12 14 Let My People Go, Albert Luthuli, 1962
12 15 Rise Up and Walk, Abel Muzorewa, 1978
12 16 Teach Me to Teach, Dorothy Swain, 1964
12 17 Worship and Freedom: A Black American Church in Zambia, Walter Johnson, 1977
Sermons and prayers
12 18 "Are You a Part of the Problem or Are You a Part of the Answer?"
12 19 "Dear Lord of Home"
12 20 "Hitherto and Henceforward"
12 21 Invocation, Interdenominational Theological Center Convocation, September 27, 1979
12 22 Litany of dedication
12 23 "Prayer for the Ecumenical Service"
12 24 "Prayer on the Occasion of the Funeral of Dr. John Albert Middleton," Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, June 26, 1975
12 25 "Promises of God"
12 26 Sunrise Sermonettes, WSB-TV, 1978
Speeches, lectures, and addresses
12 27 Installation rituals, undated-1979
12 28 "The Aims of Religious Education," circa 1930s
12 29 Notes for unidentified speeches, circa 1930s
12 30 "Trying to Get There," circa 1930s
12 31 Untitled speech, circa 1930s
12 32 "The Challenge of the Present Crisis," Community Center House, October 2, 1932
12 33 "A Worthwhile Goal," Wilberforce University, September 22, 1933
12 34 "Youth and the Christian Quest," Young People's Institute, Norwalk, CT, August 24, 1934
12 35 "Church and the Changing World with Special Reference to World Outreach," circa 1945
12 36 Wilberforce address to general staff, March 11, 1947
12 37 "Needs of the A.M.E. Church in South Africa," Quadrennial Convention of the Women Missionary Society, Memphis, Tennessee, July 7-12, 1951
12 38 "Our Bishop and His Program," radio address, September 16, 1951
12 39 "Signs of Hope in a Century of Despair," circa 1953
12 40 "The African Methodist Episcopal Church's Representation of the Birth of Ghana, the Newest African Nation," circa 1957
12 41 "Cooperative Curriculum Project," circa 1961
12 42 "Leadership Education in the A.M.E. Church," circa 1961
12 43 "Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Speaks to This Generation," Morris Brown College Annual Banquet of Turner Theological Seminary, May 26, 1961; 87th Convocation Turner Theological Seminary, February 2, 1981
12 44 "Chinese Buddhism," Faculty seminar on Non-Western program, Hartford Seminary, November 28, 1961
12 45 "An Experiment in Improving the Quality of Leadership Education," circa 1963
12 46 "Introduction of Dr. Kenneth Scott Latourette," 1964
12 47 "Problems and Obstacles to Effectiveness in Theological Education," World Methodist Convocation on Theological Education, Didsbury College, Bristol, England, August 15-17, 1966
12 48 "Remarks to be Made at the Close of the Annual Christmas Party," sponsored by the I.T.C. Women's Fellowship, December 14, 1966
13 1 "Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Wilfred George Onslow Cartey," Symposium on Contemporary South Africa, circa 1969
13 2 "The Black Religious Experience and Theological Education at ITC Interdenominational Theological Center)," circa 1970
13 3 "Conformers or Transformers?" for the Dean's Hour, Interdenominational Theological Center, February 23, 1971
13 4 "A Tribute to the Founders, Benefactors and to President H.V. Richardson of the I.T.C.," 1975
13 5 "Looking Toward the Future," Mimosa Club, January 28, 1978
13 6 "Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, Basic Beliefs," Heritage Lecture Series No. 2, 88th Convocation Celebration of Turner Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center, February 1, 1982
13 7 "Two Unsung Heroes of Early African Methodism," Heritage Lecture Series, 89th Convocation Celebration of Turner Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center, February 7, 1983
13 8 "The African Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgia, 1864-1984," Heritage Lecture Series No. 4, 90th Convocation Celebration of Turner Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center, February 6, 1984
13 9 "History of A.M.E. Missions," notes for address, 1986
13 10 "African Methodism: What of the Future?" no date
13 11 "After Nine Years on the Missionary Field," no date
13 12 "Being True to Oneself," no date
13 13 "Bishop Payne Speaks," no date
13 14 "Challenge of the Present Crisis," no date
13 15 "Christian Quest in a World of Chaos" [State Christian Leadership Educational Congress], no date
13 16 "Church and Changing Society," no date
13 17 "Dimensions of the Christian Mission: The Mission of the A.M.E. Church," no date
13 18 "Facing Life Gallantly," no date
13 19 "The Function and the Future of Church-Related College," no date
13 20 "Future Outlook of the A.M.E. Church," no date
13 21 "Guiding Individual Growth" [State Christian Leadership Educational Congress], no date
13 22 "Jesus Decision" [State Christian Leadership Educational Congress], no date
13 23 Morris Brown welcome, no date
13 24 "Our Changing Religious World" [State Christian Leadership Educational Congress], no date
13 25 "Our Missionary Responsibility in a Revolutionary World," no date
13 26 "Pastor's Word," no date
13 27 "Two Black Adventurers, Two Black Apostles," State Christian Leadership Educational Congress [?], no date
13 28 "What I Would Like to See in the T.T.S. Alumni Association," no date
13 29 Young Men Progressive Club address, no date
13 30 Notes for unidentified speeches, no date
Student writing
13 31 Hartford Seminary, "The Administration of the Work in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Africa," no date
13 32 Hartford Seminary, African Culture II, class assignments and notes, circa 1955
13 33 Hartford Seminary, book review, The Crisis of Our Age, by Pitirin A. Sorokin, for SW-4 course, 1955
13 34 Hartford Seminary, "British, French, Belgian and Portuguese Colonial Policies in Africa," January 19, 1955
13 35 Hartford Seminary, "A Critique of the Voice of Missions as Documentary Sources, 1896-1908," typescript
14 1 Hartford Seminary, "Education Among the Bantu Peoples of South Africa, paper for African Culture I, no date
14 2 Hartford Seminary, "Expansion of African Methodist Episcopal Church Missions in South Africa from 1896 to 1908," reprinted from Dissertation Abstracts, vol. XXII, No. 6, 1961
14 3 Hartford Seminary, "Expansion of African Methodist Episcopal Church Missions in South Africa from 1896 to 1908," thesis proposal
14 4 Hartford Seminary, "Expansion of African Methodist Episcopal Church Missions in South Africa from 1896 to 1908," typescript with research notes
14 5 Hartford Seminary, "The Expansion of Christianity into Southern Rhodesia," April 26, 1955
14 6 Hartford Seminary, "In the School of Missions," January 28, 1955
BV1 - Hartford Seminary, notebook, "African Culture I," circa 1955
BV2 - Hartford Seminary, notebook, "African Culture II," 1955
BV3 - Hartford Seminary, notebook, "Anthropology," 1955
BV4 - Hartford Seminary, notebook, unidentified course
14 7 Hartford Seminary, notes on readings and lectures, circa 1969
14 8 Hartford Seminary, The Practice of Missions, class assignments, 1954
14 9 Hartford Seminary, "Secularism in the Church," final paper for SW-4, May 18, 1955
14 10 Hartford Seminary, reading notes
14 11 Hartford Seminary, SW-4 class assignments, 1954-1955
14 12 Hartford Seminary, "The Work of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Southern Africa," May 17, 1955
14 13 Howard University, class notes, 1928
14 14 Howard University, Education 129, class notes and assignments, 1929
14 15 Howard University, Old Testament class notes, 1930
14 16 Yale University, book review, A Cure of Souls, by Charles T. Holman, 1932
14 17 Yale University, class notes, circa 1930s [1 of 2]
15 1 Yale University, class notes, circa 1930s [2 of 2]
15 2 Yale University, class notes, 1931
15 3 Yale University, Expansion of Christianity, class notes and assignments, 1931
15 4 Yale University, Moral Philosophy class notes, circa 1930s
15 5 Yale University, "Notes on the Educational Aspects of Worship," 1934
15 6 Yale University, Pastoral Psychology class notes, 1934
15 7 Yale University, Psychology of Religion class notes, 1934-1935
15 8 Unidentified class material, circa 1930s
15 9 Unidentified school, book review, This Foundation, July 21, 1949
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