Extent: 1.33 cubic feet (one record storage box, one legal size document
Physical Location: 10th floor
The James Guthrie Coke papers document Coke's activities in the 1970s as part
of various Northeast Ohio regional planning committees and as Director of the
Center for Urban Regionalism in the Department of Political Science at Kent
State University. The papers also include reports and studies on various topics
in urban planning and policymaking in Northeast Ohio.
James G. Coke was born October 11, 1926 in Auburn, Kentucky. He received his
Bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University in 1948. He received
his Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1952 and
Coke joined the faculty of Kent State University in 1965 as the first Director
of the Center for Urban Regionalism. He was also a Professor in the Political
Science Department until his death in 1980.
Coke took a leave of absence from Kent State University from 1973-1974 in order
to serve as the Director of the Academy for Contemporary Problems in Columbus,
Ohio. The position was an appointment by then Governor John J. Gilligan. The Academy
was a 50 member task force charged with a complete re-examination of service
delivery systems at the local level. Coke also served on various regional planning
committees involved in urban growth policy.
Scope and Content:
The materials in this collection span from 1963-1980. Much of the material is in the form of formal
reports and correspondence with some clippings and handwritten notes. Political Science Department materials include reports and policies created
by the department as well as student papers, and two Masters theses for which
Coke was a faculty advisor. Center for Urban Regionalism material includes a
publication created by the Center. Other series document Coke's participation
in urban planning studies and groups such as Delphi exercises, Academy for Contemporary
Problems, and the Ohio Commission on Local Government Services. City Planning
Publications include reference materials useful for the study of Northeast Ohio
urban growth policies. Personal material includes a notebook which containing
comments regarding participation in groups and meetings.
Statement of Arrangement: The collection has been organized into seven series listed below. Items within each series are arranged chronologically.
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