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Collection Overview
Title:Gregory C. Coffin papers
Dates:1966-2002 (bulk 1966-1975)
Location: 63/2
Call Number:M80
Volume:0.15 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Note:The Gregory C. Coffin papers provide scattered documentation of Coffin's career as an educator, including his work in civil rights and desegregation. The collection contains an article written by Coffin on Northeastern University history; a documentary of the integration of Foster School in Evanston, Illinois; a 1975 report prepared by Coffin for the Boston School Committee on African American History Week; and an obituary.
Historical Note:Educator and civil rights activist Gregory C. Coffin was born in 1926 in Meriden, Connecticut and raised in Rye, New York. He earned a BA from Harvard University, an Ed.M. from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Connecticut. He married Nancy Stackpole Coffin in 1950. The couple had four children. Coffin taught at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts for three years before becoming principal of Woodstock Academy in Connecticut. He also served as superintendent in several New England school districts before becoming superintendent of District 65 schools in Evanston, Illinois in 1966 during its desegregation efforts. The same year, he became an English professor at Northeastern University. In 1976, President Ryder appointed him director of Northeastern University's Phase II Desegregation operations, later called the Urban Schools Collaborative Office (URSCO). The Urban Schools Collaborative established programs to implement desegregation and improve the public school system in Boston. Coffin retired in 1983 and died on March 30, 2002.
Arrangement:Arranged in alphabetical order.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Coffin, Gregory Carleton, 1926-2002

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Faculty

  • African Americans -- History -- Study and teaching
  • School integration -- Illinois -- Evanston

Restrictions:Collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Jessica Parr, Brittany Lehman, September 2005, December 2005

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BoxTitleDate
1Black History: A Test to Create Awareness and Arouse Interest1974
1Correspondence1970
1Documentary "The Integration of Foster School" Evanston, IL, District—65 videotape1966
1News Clipping: "An NU Prof Looks at His Institution"1971
1Obituary2002
1Report to the Boston School Committee: "Negro History Week Needs Assessment: A Program to Create Awareness and Arouse Interest in Black History"1975