Charles R. Coe papers, circa 1934-1949, 1980-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Coe, Charles R., 1891?-1984
Title
Charles R. Coe papers
Dates
circa 1934-1949, 1980-1984
Quantity
.27 cubic ft. (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
4041 (Accession No. 4041-001)
Summary
Papers of Seattle consumer cooperative proponent; includes the records of Seattle's Northwest Cooperative Exchange.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Rollit Coe, born in Minneapolis ca. 1891, worked for many years as a Seattle-based carpenter and builder after graduating from the University of Washington. During the 1930s, he taught job-seeking classes at the YMCA, wrote a column for the Facts newspaper, and became politically active in Seattle's Central District. Convinced that the principles of the cooperative movement could help solve Seattle's Depression-era employment problems, Coe founded the Northwest Cooperative Exchange in 1936. The NWCE was a network of small Seattle businesses that exchanged goods and services with the goal of effecting a self-sufficient economy. Although the cooperative ceased to operate following the Depression, Coe continued to express his belief in cooperative exchange through writings and letters composed as late as 1982. His ideas influenced several of the key people who in 1945 formed the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, which was the largest consumer-controlled health care organization in the United States by the late 1990s.

Coe also participated in the founding of both the Firlands Correction Center and the University Friends Meeting House. He died in 1984.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This small accession consists primarily of speeches and writings by Coe on trade, barter, and cooperative exchange systems, along with a subgroup containing records, founding documents, exchange certificates, and participant lists of the Northwest Cooperative Exchange. Coe's writings, dating mostly from the early 1980s, center on both philosophical and practical aspects of cooperative exchange. Also included in his personal papers are several local cooperative publications. The Northwest Cooperative Exchange subgroup includes the association's constitution, by-laws, and an annual report; a handwritten diagram outlining skills and products provided by members; a 1937-1938 account book; and examples of trade tokens, exchange certificates, and membership forms.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Personal PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Incoming Letters
Box/Folder
1/1
Steel, Constance
1984
Box/Folder
1/2-3
Speeches and Writings
ca. 1980-1982
1/4
Newsletter: The Ruff Times, special report no. 7
Apr. 15, 1980
Subject Series
Box/Folder
1/5
Cooperative League
ca. 1934-1935
1/6
Evergreen Cooperative
1948-1949
1/7
Puget Sound Co-operative Federation
1980
1/8
Workaneat Garden
n.d.
Box/Folder
1/9
Clipping
n.d.

Northwest Cooperative ExchangeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/10
Organizational Features
1936-1938
folder:oversize
2
Organizational Features
ca. 1936
Box/Folder
1/11
Financial Records
1937-1938
1/12
Report: Manager's Annual Letter and Notes to the Board of Directors and Members
1938
1/13
Forms
ca. 1936-1938
1/14
Trade Tokens
ca. 1938

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Consumer cooperatives--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Cooperation--United States
  • Cooperative societies--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Coe, Charles R., 1891?-1984--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Northwest Cooperative Exchange
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Commerce

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)