Coates, Austin (1922-1997)
Scope:
The Austin Coates collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, research material, photographs, personal memorabilia, scrapbooks, journals and diaries, printed material, and other items.

Manuscripts by Coates in the collection include City of Broken Promises (Oxford University Press, 1967); Rizal, Philippine Nationalist and Martyr (Oxford University Press, 1968); China Races; Whampoa: Ships on the Shore (SCMP, 1980); Sixteen by Eighteen (unpublished, 1944); Night is Sweeter than Day (unpublished); The Commerce in Rubber: The First 250 Years; China, India and the Ruins of Washington (John Day, 1972); Basutoland (Corona Library); Visitors to Macao; A Summary Memorandum on the Southern District of the New Territories (May 1953 – July 1955); and various additional poems, memoirs, musical plays, novels, and other writings.  Also present is a handwritten manuscript by M. Pinheiro Chagas, titled History of Portugal (1990).

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters to and from Coates.  General letters include numerous items dating from 1950 to 1996.  Personal letters include approximately 300 letters from Coates to his parents regarding Coates’s tour of service in British Royal Air Force while stationed in Southeast Asia (1944-1946), approximately 400 letters regarding Coates’s employment in Southern Asia (1951-1959); and about 30 other letters (1953-1975).  Additional personal letters date from about 1950 to 1996, including several regarding Coates’s lecture for Rizal Day.  Professional letters include hundreds of letters, including correspondence from Oxford University Press (1970-1990); letters from the High Commissioner for the U.K. relieving Coates of his duties (1961-1962); letters regarding Coates’s Directorship of the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (1965-1966); letters from various publishers (1971-1972); and letters regarding the International Conference of Philippine Revolution (1996).  

Professional material in the collection includes classified material regarding Soviet and Chinese activity during the early 1950s.  Also present is an address books labeled “friends in Asia” (1944), another address book (1947), and a datebook with few entries (1971).

Research material in the collection includes printed material regarding Dr. Jose Rizal and Josephine Brachin, including copies of Rizal’s birth and death certificiates; “Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl,” vol. 5, by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (1965); “The Portuguese in Japan,” by Michael Teague; “The Rise and Fall of Nicholas Iquan,” by C. R. Boxer (1966); “Extracts from Letters from Hong Kong and Macao, 1887-1888,” by James Knight Rebbeck; “Answers to Questionnaire on Mon Freedom Movement,” by New Mon State Party (1970 and 1985); and several pages of miscellany.  

Photographs in the collection include several prints and slides, most dating from 1980 to 1990, with some dated earlier.  Also present is a black and white wedding photograph of James and Lili Rebbeck in Hong Kong, from 1888.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes invitations, ID cards, driver’s licenses, passports, and other miscellaneous documents and items.

Scrapbooks in the collection include albums regarding Coates’s publications (1961-1997), including clippings and letters; an album including clippings, letters, and photographs (1965-1966, 1996); and an album containing letters and printed items.   

Diaries and journals in the collection include several dated diaries, dating from 1939 to 1997 (not inclusive); a journal entry from Aug. 22, 1951; and two large folio-sized journals.

Printed material in the collection includes newspapers, magazines, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other items, dating from ca. 1957 to 1996.  Also present are facsimiles of the original manuscripts of Jose Rizal’s books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, both dated 1961.  

Other items in the collection include financial material, copies of Coates’s death certificate and some related documents, and some other miscellaneous items.
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Notable Figures
1. Coates, Austin
Associated Subjects
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