Robert Coles papers, 1954-1990.

Creator: Coles, Robert.
Collection number: 4333
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Abstract: Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist who worked at Harvard University, social activist, and prolific author. His work especially concerns the experiences of children, but he has also written about contemporary literature, psychology, religion, and other dimensions of American culture. Correspondence and writings of Coles and other material documenting his career. Correspondence is with psychiatric and journalistic colleagues, students, editors and publishers, readers, friends, and others, including Daniel Berrigan, Robert Jay Lifton, Will Campbell, Robert Penn Warren, C. Vann Woodward, Cormac McCarthy, and Walter Mondale. Writings include drafts of most of Coles’s books, and drafts and published versions of most of his articles. Other writings include speeches, interviews, and congressional testimony by Coles, writings by others about Coles, and miscellaneous subject files relating to Coles’s teaching and public appearances. The collection also includes drawings by children that were included in an exhibit titled “Their Eyes Meeting the World: The Drawings and Painting of Children,” as well as other exhibit materials.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: A leading authority on poverty, racial discrimination, and minority children, Coles won recognition for his book Children of Crisis: A Study in Courage and Fear, based on his study of African-American children in the South in the 1960s. See subseries 2.2 (“Articles, Reviews, and Essays”) and subseries 2.3 (“Speeches, Statements, and Interviews”) particularly.