Series 6
Teaching files, 1936-1994
Boxes 32-48

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of files relating to Coan's teaching career at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Morris Brown College, Turner Theological Seminary, and The Wilberforce Institute in South Africa from 1936-1994. Other files relate to Coan's involvement with various education development committees at the Atlanta Theological Association during his time at ITC.

Coan's ITC files make up the largest part of the series, followed by Morris Brown College and Turner Theological Seminary. The majority of the material consists of administrative and course files. The administrative files contain faculty meeting minutes, memorandums, correspondence, scheduling documents from the Office of the Registrar, and reports on college administration and curriculum. Coan's course files are arranged by class and contain syllabi, assignments, lectures, notes, and student writing. In particular, Coan's courses provide material on various aspects of missions, Christianity in Africa, and religious education. Student writing demonstrates student work at the schools where Coan taught.

The significant themes in Coan's teaching career are evident in looking at his course files across schools. A smaller amount of material within teaching files pertains to conferences, events, and campus organizations Coan was affiliated with through his role as administrator and teacher. The Wilberforce Institute files differ somewhat in content from the other schools. Most of the material relates to Coan's role as superintendent and include rules and regulations, disciplinary action, receptions, and legal proceedings. Other material includes programs, fliers, and correspondence to and from Coan relating to his teaching.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by school, then in alphabetical order.

Atlanta Theological Association
Box Folder Content
32 1 Administrative file, 1970-1971
32 2 Board of Governors, 1970-1972
32 3 Church and Community Ministries Field in the Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), 1973
32 4 Doctor of Ministry Drafting Committee, 1971-1973 [1 of 5]
32 5 Doctor of Ministry Drafting Committee, 1971-1973 [2 of 5]
32 6 Doctor of Ministry Drafting Committee, 1971-1973 [3 of 5]
32 7 Doctor of Ministry Drafting Committee, 1971-1973 [4 of 5]
32 8 Doctor of Ministry Drafting Committee, 1971-1973 [5 of 5]
33 1 Graduate Professional Studies Committee, 1972-1975
33 2 Graduate Professional Studies Committee, minutes, 1972-1973
Edward Waters College
33 3 Budget for 1957-1958
Interdenominational Theological Center administration
33 4 Administrative files, 1959-1961
33 5 Administrative files, 1962
33 6 Administrative files, 1963-1964
33 7 Administrative files, 1965-1968
33 8 Administrative files, 1969-1970
34 1 Administrative files, 1971-1973
34 2 Administrative files, 1974
34 3 Administrative files, 1975
34 4 Administrative files, 1976-1977
34 5 Administrative files, no date
34 6 Budgets
34 7 Coan's expense reports, 1971-1972
34 8 Curriculum Committee Meeting, 1968
34 9 Directories, 1965-1983
35 1 Field Education supervision, 1970-1971
35 2 International student advising
Interdenominational Theological Center courses
35 3 "Administration and Leadership Development"
35 4 "African Independent Church Movement"
35 5 "A.M.E. Church Polity"
35 6 "The Bible in Christian Education"
35 7 "The Bible in Christian Education," student writing
35 8 "The Bible in Life and Practice"
35 9 "The Bible in Life and Practice," student writing
35 10 "The Black Religious Experience in America"
35 11 "The Black Religious Experience in America," student writing
35 12 "Christian Church and Non-Christian Cultures"
35 13 "The Christian Church in Africa"
35 14 "The Christian Mission in History"
36 1 "The Christian Mission in History," student papers
36 2 "Christianity at Work in Africa"
36 3 "Christianity at Work in Africa," student writing
36 4 "Church and Society"
36 5 "The Church's Educational Ministry"
36 6 "The Church's Educational Ministry," student writing
36 7 "The Church's Ministry with Youth"
36 8 "Curriculum in Christian Education"
36 9 "Curriculum in Christian Education," student writing
36 10 "Curriculum of Religious Education"
36 11 "Denominational History, History of the A.M.E. Church"
36 12 "Denominational History, History of the A.M.E. Church," student writing
36 13 "Education for Mission and Evangelism"
37 1 "Education for Mission and Evangelism," student writing
37 2 "Field Education in Administration"
37 3 "Foreign Missions"
37 4 "Foundations of Christian Education," assignments and notes
37 5 "Foundations of Christian Education," student writing [1 of 3]
37 6 "Foundations of Christian Education," student writing [2 of 3]
37 7 "Foundations of Christian Education," student writing [3 of 3]
37 8 "Foundations of Christian Education," syllabuses
38 1 "History of the Black Church"
38 2 "History of Christian Missions," assignments and notes
38 3 "History of Christian Missions," student writing
38 4 "History of Christian Missions," syllabuses
38 5 "Introduction to Religious Education"
38 6 "Leadership Training in Religious Education"
38 7 "Leadership Training in Religious Education," student writing
38 8 "Mission of the Church," assignments and notes
38 9 "Mission of the Church," student writing
38 10 "Mission of the Church," syllabi
38 11 "Missionary Biography," lecture notes [1 of 2]
39 1 "Missionary Biography," lecture notes [2 of 2]
39 2 "Missionary Biography," student writing
39 3 "Missionary Biography," syllabuses and assignments
39 4 "Missionary Education in the Local Church"
39 5 "Missionary Education in the Local Church," student writing
39 6 "Missionary Idea in the Old Testament"
39 7 "Missionary Problems and Opportunities"
39 8 "Missionary Problems and Opportunities," student writing
39 9 "The Missionary Task of the Church at Home and Abroad"
39 10 "Old Testament Introduction"
39 11 "Old Testament Prophecy"
39 12 "Pathfinders of the Missionary World"
39 13 "Principles and Practices of Missions"
39 14 "Psychology of Religion"
39 15 "Psychology of Religion," student writing
39 16 "The Purpose and Program of the Christian Church"
39 17 "Religion in Higher Education"
39 18 "Religions of the World," lecture notes [1 of 2]
40 1 "Religions of the World," lecture notes [2 of 2]
40 2 "Religions of the World," student writing
40 3 "Religions of the World," syllabuses and assignments
40 4 "World Christianity"
40 5 "World Christianity," student writing [1 of 3]
40 6 "World Christianity," student writing [2 of 3]
40 7 "World Christianity," student writing [3 of 3]
40 8 Unidentified classes, course material
40 9 Unidentified classes, student writing [1 of 3]
41 1 Unidentified classes, student writing [2 of 3]
41 2 Unidentified classes, student writing [3 of 3]
International Theological Center subject files
41 3 10th Anniversary Observance
41 4 Annual Thanksgiving Dinners, 1966-1967
41 5 Association of Professors of Missions, 1963-1975
41 6 Chapel services, programs, 1959-1979
41 7 Chapel services, readings and prayers, no date
41 8 Clippings, 1964-1978
41 9 Conferences, 1st Conference on the Christian World Mission, January 30-31, 1961
41 10 Conferences, 2nd Conference on the Christian World Mission, January 25-27, 1962
41 11 Conferences, 3rd Conference on the Christian World Mission, February 6-8, 1963
41 12 Conferences, 4th Conference on the Christian World Mission, February 5-7, 1964
41 13 Conferences, Association for Professional Education for Ministry, June 15-18, 1972
42 1 Conferences, Center for African-African American Studies of Atlanta University, Conference on African Religion, April 30-May 2, 1970
42 2 Conferences, Conference on the Ministry, June 10-13, 1975
42 3 Conferences, Educational Ministry of the Church, 1967
42 4 Conferences, Interdenominational Conference of Overseas Personnel, August 10-16, 1972
42 5 Conferences, National Conference for Black Seminarians, February 28-March 3, 1979
42 6 Conferences, National Convocation on the Church and Violence in the Nation, March 11-14, 1969
42 7 Conferences, Pre-General Conference Meeting, Board of Missions of the United Methodist Church, Joint Section of Education and Cultivation, 1964
42 8 Conferences, Religious Heritage of the Black World, Conference of Black Church Fathers, April 1971
42 9 Consultation on Evangelism, February 8-10, 1967
42 10 Continuing Education, 1968-1973
42 11 Correspondence, no date, 1960-1984
42 12 Eden Theological Seminary
42 13 Fact Research Service
42 14 Faculty News
42 15 Gammon Theological Seminary
42 16 International Students Association of Interdenominational Theological Center
42 17 Interdenominational Theological Center Library
43 1 Interdenominational Theological Center Library, book orders
43 2 Interdenominational Theological Center Library, Charles S. Butcher Collection, 1973-1975
43 3 Lectures on African Religions, October 28-30, 1970
43 4 Methodist Board of Missions, 1966
43 5 Notes
43 6 Professors of Religious Education, 1967-1971
43 7 Programs, Charter Day, 1971-1987
43 8 Programs, commencement exercises, 1977-1988
43 9 Programs, Founders' Day Convocations, 1963-1977
43 10 Programs and fliers, no date, 1964-1985
43 11 Student Manifesto, 1969
43 12 Student recommendations, no date, 1959-1973
44 1 Student recommendations, 1974-1984
44 2 Tuesday Mailing, 1968-1973
44 3 Williamson, Dr. Ralph
Morris Brown College
44 4 Administrative file, no date-1972
44 5 Administrative file, 1973-1987
44 6 American Issues Forum, 1976
44 7 Class, "African Methodism in South Africa" [1 of2]
44 8 Class, "African Methodism in South Africa" [1 of2]
45 1 Class, "The Bible in Christian Education"
45 2 Class, "The Bible in Life and Practice"
45 3 Class, "The Bible in Religious Education"
45 4 Class, "The Black Religious Experience in America"
45 5 Class, "Christianity in Africa"
45 6 Class, "The Essentially Missionary Character of Christianity
45 7 Class, "Evangelism"
45 8 Class, "The History of the Expansion of Missions"
45 9 Class, "The Missionary Task of the Church at Home and Abroad"
45 10 Class, "Old Testament Prophecy"
45 11 Class, "Psychology 201," 1937
45 12 Class, "The Purpose and Program of the Christian Church"
45 13 Class, "Religion 202"
45 14 Class, "World Christianity"
45 15 Class lectures, unidentified classes
45 16 Clippings, 1950-1984
45 17 Correspondence, no date, 1952-1968
45 18 Inauguration of Calvert Hayes Smith, Thirteenth President of Morris Brown College, September 20, 1985
45 19 National Alumni Association Awards Dinner Dance, May 14, 1977
45 20 Nhlapo, Dr. Jacob
45 21 Programs, "Africa at Worship," March 13, 1951 and July 30, 1961
45 22 Programs, chapel services, 1948-1966
45 23 Programs, commencement exercises, 1937-1983
46 1 Programs, Founders' Day, 1952-1981
46 2 Programs and fliers, no date, 1949-1994
46 3 Religious Emphasis Week, 1936-1937
46 4 Report of the Treasurer, 1946-1947
46 5 Student writing
46 6 Unidentified author, "A Few Outstanding Facts of Fountain Administration of Morris Brown College, 1928-1950," booklet, no date
Turner Theological Seminary
46 7 Administrative file, 1962-1982
46 8 Administrative file, Albert Dunn case, 1963
46 9 Annual Catalogue, 1957-1958
46 10 Brochures, fliers, and programs, 1950-1986
46 11 Class, "The Black Religious Experience in America"
46 12 Class, "Extension Course"
46 13 Class, "Old Testament," 1957
46 14 Class, "Organization and Administration of Religious Education," 1950
46 15 Classes on missionary work
46 16 Clippings, 1981
46 17 84th Convocation Celebration, 1978
46 18 87th Convocation Celebration, 1981
46 19 88th-91st Convocation Celebrations, 1982-1985
46 20 93rd Convocation Celebration, 1987
46 21 Correspondence, 1968-1985
47 1 Flipper Collection in the Turner Theological Seminary Library, circa 1957
47 2 Founders' Day, 1966
47 3 Founders' Day, 1967
47 4 Founders' Day, 1968
47 5 Founders' Day, 1969-1971
47 6 Student writing, 1958
47 7 Turner Theological Seminary Alumni Association, 1965-1986
Wilberforce Institute of South Africa
47 8 Achievements of Wilberforce under the Superintendency of J.R. Coan, 1946
47 9 Annual Reports, 1940-1947
47 10 Bank Statements, 1945-1947
47 11 Bulletin of Information, booklet, no date
47 12 Disciplinary action, circa 1945-1946
47 13 Exam agreements, November 28, 1940
47 14 Farewell Reception for Coan, 1947
47 15 Financial records, circa 1946-1947
47 16 Founders' Day, 1936 and 1949
47 17 Memorial service for Brother John S. Adams, September 23, 1951
47 18 Nhiapo, Dr. J.M., "Wilberforce Institute: Fanny Coppin Hall," 1949
47 19 Reception in Honour of Bishop J.A. Gregg, September 15, 1951
47 20 Rules and Regulations, 1946
48 1 Service of Dedication Programme, April 15-18, 1959
48 2 Student papers and sermons, circa 1940s
48 3 Student theses, A-M, 1941-1943
48 4 Student theses, N-Z, 1941-1943
48 5 Wright School of Religion
48 6 Xabanisa vs. Coan, briefs, 1946-1947
48 7 Xabanisa vs. Coan, correspondence and notes, 1946-1947
Unidentified
48 8 Class materials [1 of 2]
48 9 Class materials [2 of 2]
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