Grace Stone Coates Papers, 1933-1960  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Coates, Grace Stone, 1881-1976
Title
Grace Stone Coates Papers
Dates
1933-1960
Quantity
.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 0034, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Grace Stone Coates Papers contains correspondence, clippings, poems, reading notes, and postcards. Correspondence to Coates comments on: her poetry and books; solicitations to submit poetry; permission requests to print poems; matters pertaining to the WPA guidebook. Also included in the Coates papers are the memoirs of John Moore and Mary Lee Hunter Doane. A copy of the first official ballot for Gallatin County and a map by William Emerson of Gallatin City in 1881 are also included.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
https://www.lib.montana.edu/archives/contact-form/
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Grace Stone Coates was born on 20 May 1881 on a farm outside of Ruby, Kansas. Although she never took a degree, she attended Oshkosh Normal, University of Chicago and the University of Southern California. In 1904, she was a school teacher in Butte. It was during this time she met her husband, Henderson Coates, who ran the general store and post office in Martinsdale, Montana. They were married in 1910 and moved to Martinsdale. Grace continued teaching in Martinsdale and was the Superintendent of Schools for Meagher County from 1919-1921. She began writing and her first poem was published in Poetry in 1921. In 1927, her poems started appearing in Frontier (a magazine of the Northwest out of Missoula) beginning a decade long relationship with the magazine. She became acquainted with the editor of Frontier, H. G. Merriam, and was hired as the assistant editor in 1929, a job she kept until 1939 when the Frontier and Midland went out of publication. In addition to her poetry, Coates published three works. Her first work, published in 1931, was Mead and Mangel-Wurzel, a collection of 130 poems. In the same year, Black Cherries, her only novel, was also published. Her final work, Portulacs in the Wheat, published in 1932, is a collection of 42 poems. She also edited two books, Riding the High Country by Patrick T. Tucker, and Jugheads Behind the Lines by Carl Noble. By 1935, her last poem appeared in Frontier. Coates did not, however, completely stop writing. She continued writing as a journalist for many of the local papers. She also helped write the state guidebook for the WPA Federal Writers Project. In 1963, she moved to the Hillcrest Retirement Home in Bozeman where she wrote "Hillcrest Highlights" for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. She passed away on 25 January 1976.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Grace Stone Coates papers contain correspondence, clippings, poems, reading notes, and postcards. Correspondence to Coates comments on: her poetry and books; solicitations to submit poetry; permission requests to print poems; matters pertaining to the WPA guidebook. Also included in the Coates papers are the memoirs of John Moore and Mary Lee Hunter Doane. In addition to a sampling of some of her published poetry are drafts of reviews Coates wrote on Joaleman's Romantic Copper and Herbard's Sacajawea. Various clippings about Coates' work are also included in the papers. Several postcards from France and some photographs are also part of the Coates papers. A copy of the first official ballot for Gallatin County and a map by William Emerson of Gallatin City in 1881 are also included.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Grace Stone Coates of Bozeman, Montana, donated her papers to Special Collections in April of 1963.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2008 December 12


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Grace Stone Coates Correspondence, 1933Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

Grace Stone Coates Correspondence, 1934Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/2

Grace Stone Coates Correspondence, 1935Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/3

Grace Stone Coates Correspondence, 1936Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/4

Grace Stone Coates Correspondence, 1937Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/5

Grace Stone Coates PoemsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/6

Grace Stone Coates Reading Notes, 1933Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/7

Riding the High Country Clippings, 1933Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/8

Memoir of John Moore, circa 1926Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/9

Mary L. Doane Memoir; "Tex" Plynell, Custer County HistoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/10

Reviews: Joaleman's Romantic Copper and Herbard's SacajaweaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/11

First official ballot of Gallatin County; William Emerson map of Gallatin City, 1881Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/12

Clippings, 1930sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/13

Unidentified clippingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/14

Photographs and Postcards, #1-8Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/15

Container(s) Description
box-folder
1/15
#1: unidentified woman
#2-3: unidentified man
#4-5: unidentified log building
#6: Patrick T. Tucker postcard
#7: W.F. Cody "Buffalo Bill" postcard
#8: Fred Ward standing by ruined foundation of first cabin on South Fork of the Musselshell near Martinsdale between home and Musselshell River
(1880 history describes place. There were 3 cabins there. No mails were used in the building)

Postcards from France, #9-20Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/16

Container(s) Description
box-folder
1/16
#9: Cleo de Mérode
#10: Dieterle
#11: Henriot
#12: Baigneuses
(female bathers)
#13: En Prière
(in prayer)
#14: Femme du Huelgoat
#15: M. et Mme. Botrel dans la chanson
(Mr. and Mrs. Botrel in the song)
#16: Moce Bretonne-La Gavotte
(Breton Wedding Dance)
#17: Botrel et Jaffrennou dans la chanson
(Botrel and Jaffrennou in the song)
#18: Botrel chez lui devant son lit-clos
(Botrel at his house in front of his enclosed bed)
#19: La maison de Theodore Botrel a Port-Blanc
(Theodore Botrel's house at Port-Blanc)
#20: La Sorbonne, façade principale
(The Sorbonne, main entrance)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • American poetry-Montana
  • Montana, a state guide book
  • Women poets, American-Montana

Geographical Names

  • Gallatin City (Mont.)-Maps

Form or Genre Terms

  • Ballots-Montana-Gallatin County
  • Poems-Montana

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Doane, Mary Hunter,-1859-1952 (creator)
    • Moore, John,-b. 1840 (creator)