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Gregory C. Coffin papers

Identifier: M080


Educator and civil rights activist Gregory C. Coffin was born in 1926 in Meriden, Connecticut and raised in Rye, New York. He earned a BA from Harvard University, an Ed.M. from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Connecticut. He married Nancy Stackpole Coffin in 1950. The couple had four children. Coffin taught at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts for three years before becoming principal of Woodstock Academy in Connecticut. He also served as superintendent in several New England school districts before becoming superintendent of District 65 schools in Evanston, Illinois in 1966 during its desegregation efforts. The same year, he became an English professor at Northeastern University. In 1976, President Ryder appointed him director of Northeastern University's Phase II Desegregation operations, later called the Urban Schools Collaborative Office (URSCO). The Urban Schools Collaborative established programs to implement desegregation and improve the public school system in Boston. Coffin retired in 1983 and died on March 30, 2002.


  • Creation: 1966-2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1966-1975


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Collection is unrestricted.

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0.15 cubic feet (1 container)



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Finding aid for the Gregory C. Coffin Papers
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Parr; updated by Brittany Lehman
September 2005, December 2005
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Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US