Series 3
Diaries/Appointment books, 1938-1994
Boxes 20-23

Scope and Content Note

The series contains personal diaries and appointment books used by Coan between 1938 and 1994. The majority of the volumes include brief entries recording his day-to-day activities and expenditures. The earlier diaries are particularly descriptive of Coan's initial experiences in South Africa and his hopes for the development of the R.R. Wright School of Religion. Two volumes, "Journal, Meditations and other Thoughts, 1944-1946" and the 1947 diary, contain lengthy passages in which Coan reflects on a variety of issues relating to his work in South Africa, the development of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Africa, and his broader interest in religious education. The 1948 diary documents his return home and travel to numerous U.S. cities promoting reform in the African Methodist Episcopal Church's mission policy. The later diaries contain information about expenses, daily affairs, and prayer habits.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder Content
20 1 Undated
20 2 1938 [1 of 2]
20 3 1938 [2 of 2]
20 4 1939
20 5 1940 [1 of 2]
20 6 1940 [2 of 2]
21 1 1941
21 2 1942
21 3 1943 [1 of 4]
21 4 1943 [2 of 4]
21 5 1943 [3 of 4]
21 6 1943 [4 of 4]
22 1 1944
22 2 1945 [1 of 2]
22 3 1945 [2 of 2]
22 4 1946
22 5 1947 [1 of 2]
22 6 1947 [2 of 2]
22 7 1948
23 1 1972
23 2 1980
23 3 1982
23 4 1993 [1 of 2]
23 5 1993 [2 of 2]
23 6 1994
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