Rare Book & Manuscript Library

John J. Coss papers, 1908-1952

Summary Information


This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, documents, notebooks, and photographs of John Jacob Coss, professor of Philosophy.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0286
Bib ID 4079677 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Coss, John J. (John Jacob), 1884-1940
Title John J. Coss papers, 1908-1952
Physical Description 5.84 linear feet (14 document boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. This collection is arranged in three series.



Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, notebooks, and photographs including: Correspondence with Columbia faculty, such as John Dewey and Robert Lynd; Columbia University matters, especially his participation in the introduction of the Contemporary Civilization courses; Correspondence sent to him as Director of the Summer Session, 1919-1939; Personal correspondence; Much correspondence relating to the Ropsenwald Fund for Negro Education; Manuscripts and typescripts of addresses, articles, and other writings; Notes and other materials arranged by subject; and 17 of his notebooks kept while a student at Columbia, Union Theological Seminary, and the University of Heidelberg.

1984 addition: Travel journals in the form of typescript copies of letters, photographs, postcards, and memorabilia; typescript copies of Coss' personal correspoondence from 1909 to 1920; and Columbia related material, chiefly Camp Columbia, 1919-1920, including photographs. These items are mounted on sheets of paper.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John J.Coss papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Transferred from Columbia; Gift of Mrs John Hyland Dilks, 1984.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed BC/SP 06/--/85.

Revision Description

2012-05-01 XML document instance created by Alison Rhonemus.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Surveys Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
African Americans -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civilization Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Culture Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lynd, Robert Staughton, 1892-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Moore Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 A-G

Box 2 H-R

Box 3 S-end

Series II: Papers

Box 4 Addresses and articles

Subject Folders

Columbia College

Box 5 General

Box 5 Religious Work

Box 5 Columbia Spectator

Box 5 Columbia University - Upper College

Box 5 Commonwealth Fund

Contemporary Civilization Course

Box 5 budget

Box 5 Coast Guard Academy

Box 5 field trips budget

Box 5 general

Box 5 modern marriage

Box 5 syllabus illustrations

Coss, John Jacob

Box 5 bibliography of his writings

Box 5 Military service (1918-1919)

Box 5 obituaries & memorials

Box 5 photographs

Box 5 school records

Box 5 (Wabash College)

Box 5 (Union Theological Seminary)

Box 5 Employee management (bibliography)

Box 5 Flint Goodridge Hospital, New Orleans

Box 5 Henderson, Donald

Box 5 Orientation course (University of Minnesota)

Box 5 Personnel survey -, 1927-1928

Rosenwald Fund for Negro Education

Box 5 General

Box 5 miscellaneous correspondence

Box 5 Seth Low Junior College

Box 6 17 notebooks -, 1907-1911

Series III: 1984 Addition, 1909-1938

Box 7 Personal Correspondence, 1909-1920

Travel Journals

Box 8 Parts I- IV (1924-1927)

Box 9 Parts V-VII (1927-1931)

Box 10 Parts VIII-XI (1931)

Box 11 Parts XII-XV (1931-1936)

Box 12 Parts XI-XIX (1930s)

Box 13 Parts XX-XXIII (1930s)

Box 14 Parts XXIV-XXVI (1938) and Columbia-Related Materials