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Register of the Coats (James L.) Collection, 1852-1907
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Coats (James L.) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1852-1907
    Collection number: Mss253
    Extent: 2 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Coats (James L.) Collection, Mss253, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    James L. Coats was the second son of Felix G. Coats, who, in 1853, settled in the Tassajara Valley of Contra Costa County. In 1860, Felix Coats married Levina Doggett. James Coats was raised on his father's Contra Costa farm. He attended the University of the Pacific in Santa Clara from 1883 through 1887, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in the latter year.
    Following graduation from college, Coats farmed for awhile in Contra Costa County, where he was also active in Populist Party politics. Coats married Fanny Williams in 1895. Sometime after 1900, James L. Coats became a gauger of alchoholic beverages for the Internal Revenue Service. He was headquartered at a distillery in Agnews, Santa Clara County, and later in Stockton, where he acted as gauger for Calaveras, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties. Coats spent the last years of his working life in the employ of the California Wine Association. He died in 1934.

    Scope and Content

    The Coats Collection consists of correspondence and other business papers relating to the alcoholic beverages gauging business, politics and economics, as well as photographs, memorabilia, and California school texts (1852-1907).