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Finding Aid for the James Smoot Coleman Papers, 1946-1987, bulk, 1964-1987
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Smoot Coleman Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1987, bulk, 1964-1987
    Collection number: 383
    Creator: Coleman, James Smoot, 1919-1985
    Extent: 21 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection documents the activities of James Smoot Coleman, teacher and scholar, whose academic career spanned from 1953 to 1985. The materials primarily document his professional involvement with the Rockefeller Foundation, but also include a small amount of documentation on his teaching activities. The bulk of the collection consists of reports and reviews of the work of the Foundation, but also some of Dr. Coleman's writings and his teaching material.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Smoot Coleman Papers (Collection Number 383). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Florence Akinyemi, with assistance from Elizabeth Sheehan,in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

    Biography

    James Smoot Coleman was born in Provo, Utah on February 4, 1919. He earned his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University, his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard, and joined the UCLA faculty as an instructor in 1953. He died from a heart attack on April 20, 1985, at age 66.
    Professor Coleman was among the first American scholars to recognize, understand, and give voice to the significance of the African perspective. His scholarly works include pioneering work on nationalism, education and development theory. He also wrote on the topics academic freedom and political economy. His books, "Nigeria: Background to Nationalism" and "Education and Political Development," are classics in the field.
    Professor Coleman's academic career was prolific. After teaching at UCLA for 11 years, Dr. Coleman left the university in 1965 to become Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University College at the University of East Africa in Uganda. In 1967 he was named Director for the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. During that time he served as an associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation and as its representative in East Africa and Zaire. He returned to UCLA in 1978 as Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Council on International and Comparative Studies. He was named Director of International Studies and Overseas Programs in 1984.
    In 1985, the African Studies Center at UCLA was named in honor of its founder, Professor James S. Coleman, whose pioneering scholarship marks him as one of the architects of African Area Studies throughout the world. Today, the James S. Coleman African Studies Center is considered one of the top centers of its kind in the United States.

    Scope and Content

    Collection documents the activities of James Smoot Coleman, teacher and scholar, whose academic career spanned from 1953 to 1985. The materials primarily document his professional involvement with the Rockefeller Foundation, but also include a small amount of documentation on his teaching activities. The bulk of the collection consists of reports and reviews of the work of the Foundation, but also some of Dr. Coleman's writings and his teaching material.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Rockefeller Foundation, 1946-1984. 4 linear feet
    2. University for Development / Education for Development, 1963-1984. 5.5 lf.
    3. Teaching and Writing Activities, 1963-1987. 1 lf.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Coleman, James Smoot--Archives
    Africanists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Political scientists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Dept. of Political Science--Faculty--Archival resources.