Manuscript Collections - Charles B. Coates Papers

March 13, 2020

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5 linear inches (1 manuscript box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Charles B. Coates was educated at Rutgers and worked from 1929-1945 as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the New York American, and other publications. In 1945 he was appointed as Public Relations Director for General Foods. In November 1948 Coates was appointed as Assistant to Chairman and Editorial Director of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (First Hoover Commission).  His duties included publicity, editing, and preparing reports. Coates served on both Hoover Commissions and as Executive Vice Chairman on the Citizens Committee for the Hoover Report. He later co-founded a public relations company, Coates and McCormick Inc.


The collection documents Coates’ work for the Hoover Commissions, the Citizens Committee, and his public relations firm. Materials include: reports, correspondence, research memos, clippings, articles, press releases, newsletters, pamphlets, and photographs. The Hoover Reports mention the background of the organization, but focus on findings and results, detailing recommendations pertaining to the Executive Branch Departments and personnel. Citizens Committee material tracks the legislative status of Commission recommendations and bills. Correspondence from the public relations years reveals Coates’ concern for Hoover’s image and the propriety of his various dealings and public appearances. Arranged alphabetically by type of material.


Box      Contents

1          Correspondence, 1949-1967
            Correspondence from Hoover, 1949-1960
            Hoover 80th Birthday Observance, 1954
            Hoover Report, 1949-1954
            Hoover Report Speakers Kit, undated
            Memoranda and Bulletins, 1952-1960
            News Clippings, Magazine Articles, and Press Releases, 1948-1970
            Newsletters, 1949-1958
            Pamphlets, 1952-1956
            Phonograms, 1949
            Photographs, undated (includes some negatives)
            Photographs – Ads, 1957
            Reports, 1953-1957
                     Anniversary Committee, National Coal Association, 1953
                     Reorganization Conference, 1957
            Speeches, 1947-1956
            Miscellaneous, undated