Stewart G. Cole Papers, ca. 1937-1970

Immigration History Research Center
University of Minnesota

Abstract | Provenance/Processing | Biographical Sketch | Preliminary Container List

Cole, Stewart G.
Papers, ca. 1937-1970
2.0 linear feet
Preliminary Inventory


An educator and author, Cole was educated at McMaster University (Toronto, Canada), and the University of Chicago.  He taught at various schools and colleges and published extensively.

Papers highlight Cole's career and his leadership in various organizations. Included are correspondence, reports, book reviews, manuscripts, publications, photographs, and honorary plaques.  Materials pertain to his involvement in Anytown, U.S.A., the Service Bureau for Intercultural Education, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, religion, and education.  In English.  Inventory available.  Related collections: Bureau for Intercultural Education; Rachel Davis DuBois.

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Nicholas Montalto acquired this collection in February 1975 from Stewart Cole of Claremont, California.  A preliminary inventory was later prepared.

This is just a preliminary inventory as the collection has not been fully arranged.  This preliminary inventory was prepared for the Internet by Assistant Curator Heather Muir in 2001.

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Biographical Sketch

Stewart G. Cole (1892-    ) is a well-known educator and author.  The correspondence, as well as other documents in the collection, highlight Cole's career and leadership in such organizations as the Bureau for Intercultural Education (of which he was Executive Director, 1939-1944), the Pacific Coast Council on Intercultural Education, the National Conference of Christians and Jews (Western Division), and Anytown, Inc.  For further information see the "biography folder" (first folder in the collection) and vita (attached to the printed-out inventory at the IHRC).

The Bureau for Intercultural Education (BIE) emerged out of a reorganization of the original Service Bureau accomplished during the period 1939-1941. During the next ten years, the Bureau for Intercultural Education assumed leadership over a number of influential programs in the field of intercultural education, including workshop training for teachers, scientific research in the emerging field of human relations and the establishment of field centers in such cities as Detroit, Gary, and Battle Creek. The Bureauís major financial backers were the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League of BíNai Bírith, and the Julius Rosenwalk Fund. The first director of the vamped Bureau was Cole, who served from 1939 to 1944.

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Preliminary Container List

Box Contents
1 Biography
  Manuscripts (Cole's speeches and articles, published and unpublished)
       not dated
  Miscellaneous (pamphlets, clippings, etc.)
  Anytown, U.S.A
       Pamphlets and Reports
       Correspondence, 1953-1956
       Correspondence, 1957-1964
       Correspondence, 1965-1966
       Correspondence and Christmas Cards, n.d.
       Essay Contest
  "The Problem Projection Method"
  Service Bureau for Intercultural Education
       Reports, 1941-1946
       Reports, 1947-1950
  Reports, 1951-1954 (includes reports from the Service Bureau, Anytown USA, Western Division of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ))
  Reports, 1956 (NCCJ
  Reports, 1957-1961 (Miscellaneous)
  Reports, 1965-1967 (Miscellaneous)
2 Book reviews and correspondence concerning Cole's book, History of Fundamentalism
  Articles contributed to a variety of technical magazines and books
  Book reviews and correspondence relating to Cole's book, Liberal Education in a Democracy
  "Correspondence from a number of scientists, religionists and philosophers who were interested in my inquiry which eventuated in a text, What is My Faith?"
  "Some clippings from which I benefited in the preparation Minorities and the American Promise."
  Book reviews dealing with Cole's text, Character and Christian Education.
  An early manuscript written by Cole (never finished), which deals with "basic issues in our American tradition."
  Published Works
  Brown, Francis J. ed. One America.  3rd Ed. New York, Prentice-Hall, 1952. (contains an article by Cole, pp. 470-480).
  Science, Philosophy and Religion: A Symposium.  New York Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in their relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., 1941 (Cole has an article, pp. 319-335).
  Cole, Stewart G. The History of Fundamentalism.  New York, Richard R. Smith, 1931.
  Cole, Stewart G. Charactaer and Christian Education. Nashville, Tenn., Cokesbury Press [1936] (author's marked copy).
  Learning and World Peace: Eighth Symposium.  New York, Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in their relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., 1948.  (Comment by S.G. Cole, p. 250)
  Powdermaker, Hortense. Probing Our Prejudices.  New York, Harper & Brothers [1944]
  Foundation of World Organization: A Political and Cultural Appraisal.  Eleventh Symposium.  New York, Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in their relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., 1952.  (Cole has an article, pp. 405-414).
  Perspectives on a Troubled Decade: Science, Philosophy and Religion, 1939-1949.  Tenth Symposium.  New York, Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in their relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., 1950.  (Cole has an article, pp. 109-124).
  Cole, Stewart G.  Liberal Education in a Democracy.  New York, Harper & Brothers, 1940.
3 (Oversize) Plaques honoring Stewart Cole and Anytown, U.S.A.

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