Guide to the James F. Coakley Papers

Collection Title: James F. Coakley Papers
Dates: 1961-1993
Identification: 20/78
Creator: Coakley, James Francis, 1933-2014
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Theatre faculty member James F. Coakley joined Northwestern University as Assistant Professor of Theatre in 1971.  The James F. Coakley Papers, spanning the years from 1960 through 1993, comprise three boxes and are arranged in seven sub-series: biographical materials, education, scripts, publications, research, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
Acquisition Information: Received as a donation from Mary Poole (#09-195)
Separated Materials: One photograph ("Long Day's Journey Into Night, 1963 production) and five boxes of production slides of (1971-1985) transferred to University Theatre Production Photographs (20/48).  Slides are of University Theatre productions during the school year as well as during the summer.  Most of the productions directed or produced by him between 1971 and 1985 include slides.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

James F. Coakley joined Northwestern University as Assistant Professor of Theatre in 1971. He received a Ph.D. from Northwestern in 1964, title of his thesis being "The Comic World of Eugene Ionesco: A Study in Dramatic Technique". He performed in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" as a student at Northwestern in 1963.

Coakley held appointments at Loyola University of Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, and University of Michigan before returning to Northwestern in 1971 as Assistant Professor of Theatre. He taught numerous classes at Northwestern, and was involved annually with theatre productions. He also was involved with the Curtain Guild (Loyola University of Chicago) and the University of Michigan Players, in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Scope and Content

The James F. Coakley Papers, spanning the years from 1960 through 1993, comprise three boxes and are arranged in seven sub-series: biographical materials, education, scripts, publications, research, correspondence, and scrapbooks.

Biographical materials include news releases and clippings, a conference program, curricula vitae, and some correspondence.  News releases are for Coakley's theatre productions at Northwestern University in the 1970s, as are the clippings.  A program from the 1979 meeting of the Midwest Slavic Conference, at which Coakley presented a paper, is also included.  Curricula vitae are from 1987 and 1993, and include courses taught by Coakley, as well as his paper presentations, theatre productions, publications, and various lectures.  Correspondence consists of two general letters from Moody Prior, a professor in the Humanities and English at Northwestern.

Coakley's education is represented by class notebooks kept while he was a doctoral student in Theatre at Northwestern.  These are from selected classes, 1960-1962.  Class titles and numbers are listed on the notebooks, as are the instructors.  Also included are scripts, consisting of one working script from Coakley's role in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at Northwestern in 1963, and several undated monologues.

Publications by Coakley range from 1963 to 1987 and include articles and book reviews appearing in a variety of titles.  Many are photocopies or off-prints from scholarly journals, but there are also a number of articles by Coakley appearing in Chicago Today during the mid-1970s.  For these articles Coakley functioned primarily as a reviewer for classical music performances and art openings.  There are also a few articles by colleagues of Coakley (such as Moody Prior) that were sent to him with brief notes attached.

After joining the faculty at Northwestern, Coakley applied to the National Endowment for the Humanities' Younger Humanist Fellowship for funding to conduct research on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.  Copies of his applications are included here.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Theatre--Faculty

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Theatre--Graduate Students

Personal Name

Coakley, James Francis, 1933-2014

Subjects

Theater--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical, 1973-1993
    • Personal data, news releases, programs, 1973-1993Box 1, Folder 1
  • Education: Class Notebooks, 1960-1962
    • Development of Dramatic Art, C45-1, Fall 1960Box 1, Folder 2
    • Studies in Comparative Theatre and Drama, D40-0, Fall 1960Box 1, Folder 3
    • Interpretation of Shakespeare, C18-3, Spring 1961Box 1, Folder 4
    • Development of Dramatic Art, C45-3, Spring 1961Box 1, Folder 5
    • Problems in the Production of Pre-Modern Drama, D43-1, Summer 1961Box 1, Folder 6
    • Interpretation of Shakespeare, C18-2, Winter 1961Box 1, Folder 7
    • Development of Dramatic Art, C45-2, Winter 1961Box 1, Folder 8
    • Comedies of Shakespeare, Winter 1962Box 1, Folder 9
    • Studies in Modern Theatre and Drama, D-12, n.d.Box 1, Folder 10
  • Scripts, 1963, 1990s
    • Working script, "Long Day's Journey Into Night", 1963Box 2, Folder 1
    • Monologues, 1990sBox 2, Folder 2
  • Publications, 1963-1987
    • Articles, book reviews, news clippings, 1963-1987Box 2, Folder 3
  • Research: Fellowship proposals, 1974-1976
    • National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship applications, 1974-1976Box 2, Folder 4
  • Northwestern University Theatre Scrapbooks, 1971-1985
    • Scrapbook, 1971-1973Box 3, Folder 1
    • Scrapbook, 1973-1975Box 3, Folder 2
    • Scrapbook, 1975-1985Box 3, Folder 3