Forrest W. Coggan Papers
UA.10.3.202

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Coggan, Forrest Winston
Title
Forrest W. Coggan papers
ID
UA.10.3.202
Date [inclusive]
1947-2007
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Forrest Winston Coggan was born August 27, 1926 near East Lansing, Michigan to Bernard and Blanche Coggan. He attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) from 1943 to 1947 and received his B.A. in Public Speaking and Drama. He earned his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Physical Education/Dance. Through the years he worked on a number of projects including managing To Yo Za: Theater of the Far East, 1948-1958; general director of Teatro International, Inc., 1966-1983; and founder of the American Mythic Theater.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of original materials and photocopies associated with various theater projects in which Coggan was involved. Some were performed at Michigan State University. The collection contains newspaper clippings, programs, copies of photographs, histories of the dance companies, and advertising media. The Correspondence folder contains photocopies of correspondence with MSU President Peter McPherson, the MSU Library, and MSU Museum. It also contains a photocopy of a 1947 commencement program. The Wilson Paul folder contains correspondence from Wilson B. Paul, who was head of the Communication Arts department. The Tradition and Invention: The Art of Native Americans folder contains a proposal for an exhibit at the Kresge Art Museum.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 2004

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

 October 2014 February 2017- additional materials added September-October 2012

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Papers were donated by Forrest W. Coggan.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Mythic Theater.
  • Kresge Art Museum.
  • Michigan Council for the Arts.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1947.
  • Teatro Internacional, Inc.
  • ToYoZa.
  • World Dance Alliance.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Legal instruments
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Programs (Publications)
  • Scores
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings

Personal Name(s)

  • Coggan, Blanche B., (Blanche Brown)
  • Paul, Wilson B.

Subject(s)

  • Dance -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Dance teachers -- United States
  • Kabuki
  • Student activities
  • Theater

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General Note

Research guide available at http://www.lib.msu.edu/mmc/coggan/

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Collection Inventory

Articles and Reviews 1954-2010 

Box Folder

"Carousel" preview article, Grand Rapids Press 1954 

4121 1

ToYoZa, Theatre of the Far East article, Michigan State University Magazine 1955 

4121 1

Living Solid Face, La Fiesta Mexicanan, and Earth Trapped reviews, photographs (copies), drawings, and sketches 1956-1962 

4121 1

Article on the planned performance of La Fiesta Mexicana and a review of the Labyrinth from the Lansing State Journal 1957 

4121 1

La Fiesta Mexicana preview and Ladder to the Stars reviews, Lansing State Journal 1957 

4121 1

La Fiesta Mexicana articles and reviews, Lansing State Journal 1957-1958 

4121 1

Reviews written by Coggan for the Lansing State Journal and  The State News 1957-1970 

4121 1

Earth-Trapped reviews, Lansing State Journal 1962 

4121 1

"Fundamentals of Labanotation, a System for Recording Human Movement," Dance Notation Bureau, Inc. 1963 

4121 1

Sinfonia Sacra performance at the lake Edge Congregational Church in Madison, Wisconsin review 1964 

4121 1

"The Dance Council, a Guide for Mobilizing Dance Interests in the Local Community" 1967 

4121 1

Reviews from various Arizona papers covering the Thanksgiving Festival 1967, 1973 

4121 1

Notes on Carnival from the Ministry of Education and Culture by M.P. Alladin 1968 

4121 1

"Executive of the Month: Mr. B.F. "Sandy" Coggan," San Diego Executive Magazine 1971 

4121 1

"Teatro Internacional Aids Rediscovery of America," Lansing State Journal 1972 

4121 1

Article about the American Mythic Theatre's $15,000 NEA grant, Lansing State Journal 1973 

4121 1

Sacred Dance Guild newsletter about Living Solid Face, Chebakunah, Earth-Trapped, and The Sacred Pipe 1973 

4121 1

T.I.'s plans in the Inca area of South America, Lansing State Journal 1973 

4121 1

Sacred Dance Guild, Grand Rapids Press 1975 

4121 1

Guest column in the Sacred Dance Guild newsletter describing the fourth T.I. Trek into the Northwest and Hawaii 1975-1976 

4121 1

"Fifty Year Backward Look," Sacred Dance Guild Journal Vol. XXV #3 Spring (May) 1982-1983 

4121 1

Reflections on Constance Louise Fisher, Sacred Dance Guild Journal, Vol. XXX #1 Fall 1990 

4121 1

"Better than Gold, a Hidden Culture Comes to Light," Perspectives, Southern Illinois University 2002 

4121 1

"Church/Religious Art Early Connection," Sacred Dance Guild newsletter Fall 2002 

4121 1

Coggan's Letter from 1964 describing his philosophy of dance and teaching, Sacred Dance Guild newsletter 2003 

4121 1

"Pioneers Honored at Festival Fiesta," Sacred Dance Guild newsletter Fall 2003 

4121 1

Recollection of phone interviews between Meredith Martin and Coggan, Michigan Oral History Association newsletter March 2007 

4121 1

"Forrest Coggan's ToYoZa, Theatre of the Far East" published in In the Noh October 10, 2010 

4121 1

Robert Mieras obituary 2010 

4121 1
Box Folder

Articles 1965, 1973, 1980, circa 1984 

4121 41

Blanche Coggan 

Books 1955-1986 

Box

Out of the Past into the Future: A Pageant of the Growth of a Historic Michigan Community, by Blanche B. Coggan (1956) 1956 

4124

Soul-Turner: A Historical Story based on The Diary of a Pioneer Bride - Volume 1: Handful of Stars (Ohio-Kansas), by Blanche B. Coggan (1961) 1961 

4124

The Soul-Tuner: A Historical Story based on The Diary of a Pioneer Bride - Volume 2: Look to the Mountain (Kansas-Colorado), by Blanche B. Coggan (1986) [2 copies] 1986 

4124

When God Quit: A Science Fiction Novel of the Days After the Bomb, by Blanch B. Coggan (1955) [2 copies] 1955 

4124
Box Folder

Blanche Coggan: "Ladder to the Stars" master copy (by Blanche Coggan, 1957); photos, obituary, and rememberances of Blanche Coggan 

4121 2
Box Folder

Che-Bu-Kun-Ah (includes photographs) 1960, 1971, 1974, undated 

4121 42

Correspondence 

Box Folder

Postcards from Forrest Coggan to Robert Mieras re: travels, friends, and everyday life 1967 

4121 3

Coggan to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp's Board of Directors re: financial agreement to bring Coggan to Blue Lake 1967 

4121 3

Coggan to Sarah Gertrude re: National Folk Festival 1968 

4121 3

Coggan to Robert Mieras re: check from Greater Grand Rapids Dance Council 1970 

4121 3

Coggan to Mieras re: sale of property and future of T.I. 1972 

4121 3

Mieras to G.M. Sollenberger of Imperial Properties re: acquisition of property in Sedona, AZ for the T.I. Southwest Center 1969 

4121 3

Coggan to Carylnn Reed listing photos and sketches from performances for possible publication in the History of Sacred Dance Guild 1978 

4121 3

Mieras to NEA re: H. Owen Reed's request for Category IV asistance from Composer/Librettist Program 1975 

4121 3

John F. Colson to Mieras -- Thank You 1976 

4121 3

Coggan to Mary Black Junttonen -- Greeting Cards 

4121 3

Coggan to Denver Post Office re: request new forwarding address 1983 

4121 3

"Your Laddie" to Mieras re: family and everyday life 1983 

4121 3

Lists of donations and collections containing Forrest Coggan and Blanche Coggan's work 2006 

4121 3

Coggan -- recollections of phone interviews with Meredith Martin and lists of depositories for CD recordings of those interviews undated 

4121 3

Proposal for the production of the Mainto Masks Suite by Coggan and H. Owen Reed 1982 

4121 3

Ruth St. Denis to "Toni" for the Guild Newsletter 1990 

4121 3

Donald A. Pash to Coggan -- Thank You note for his work on "La Fiesta Mexicana" 1958 

4121 3

Coggan to Carlynn Reed re: photos and sketches of American Mythic Theatre Project works sent for publication 1978 

4121 3

Coggan to Dorothy Tifal re: the Three Masks 1993 

4121 3

Coggan to Margaret Taylor re: his life and work 1988 

4121 3
Box Folder

Correspondence 1983, 1997, 1998 

4121 4

Forrest W. Coggan papers at the Huntington Library finding aid 2013 

4121 40

Jeremiah Symphony 1947, 1989 

4121 5

Manitou Masks - background material for Earth Trapped, Living Solid Face undated 

4121 45

Michigan Council for the Arts 

Box Folder

Michigan Council for the Arts Grant Proposals, Correspondence and Reports 1965-1977 

4121 6

Michigan Council for the Arts Proposals, Dance Committee 1969-1970 

4121 8

Michigan Council for the Arts, Teatro Internacional Proposals 1968-1970 

4121 6
Box Folder

MSU - Music Programs and Clippings 1964-1970 

4121 9

Pieces 

Box Folder

Armistice: a Truce for Dancers and Musicians -- Score and Performing Notes 1966 

4123 1

Hosana -- musical score with cover page dedication and instructions 1964-1965 

4121 11

The Manito Masks: a Suite of Three Dance-Operas -- cover pages, programs notes, and libretti 1960-1980 

4121 10

Taiwa: a Myth for Actors, Dancers, and Musicians -- Score and Dance Notations 1967 

4123 2

Photographs 

Box Folder

Photographs (copies) 

4121 12

Photographs (copies) 1977-1982, 2011 

4121 13

Oversized 

Box

Photographs (copies, possibly from a scrapbook) 

5416
Box Folder

Photoalbum Living Solid Face, Algonquin (photocopy) 1976, undated 

4121 43

Photos - Earth Trapped (copies and original 1972, undated 

4121 44

Programs and Pamphlets 1946-1947, 1964, 1985 

4121 14

Robert D. Mieras meets Forrest W. Coggan and the Origin of Teatro Internationcal Inc. 1968, 1969, undated 

4121 46

Teachers of Dance meeting minutes, Aquinas College May 11, 1970 

4121 15

Teatro Internacional (T.I.) 

Box Folder

Account Ledger 1967-1983 

4121 16

Accounting Records 1967-1977 

4121 17

Cable Guides 1979 

4121 38

Comprehensive Portfolio 

4121 18

History 1967, 1969, 1983 

4121 20

Information Booklets (for fund raising) and Organizational Diagrams 1965-1978, undated 

4121 21

Legal Documents 1965-1983 

4121 19

Meeting Minutes 1971-1972, 1979 

4121 22

Michigan Folk Festival Steering Committee 1970 

4121 23

Newsletters 1971-1974 

4121 24
Box

Scrapbook 1967-1982 

4123
Box Folder

Travel Documents 1972-1975 

4121 25

Working Notes 1979-1981 

4121 39

American Mythic Theatre (AMT) 

Box Folder

AMT Project 1956 - 1983, Undated 

4121 26

Federal Grants 1972-1974 

4121 27

History 1957-1958, 1977, 1980, undated 

4121 28

Terrace Theatre 1944-1947 

4121 29

ToYoZa, Theatre of the Far East 

Box Folder

To Yo Za (Theatre of the Far East) 1955, Undated 

4121 30

ToYoZa, the Theatre of the Far East Booklet 

4121 31
Box Folder

"Tradition and Invention: The Art of Native Americans"- Kresge Art Museum Undated 

4121 32

Vita and photograph of house Undated 

4121 37

World Dance Alliance 

Box Folder

Channels/ Canales newsletter 2001-2005 

4121 47

Materials sent to members and conference materials 1995-2007, undated 

4121 48

Member Directories 1995-2004 

4121 49
Box Folder

Wilson Paul 1955 - 1971, Undated 

4121 33

Writings 1956-2008 

Box Folder

"Follow Me" memoirs of a trip to Mexico and Guatemala undertaken by the T.I. TRX unit of Teatro Internacional Inc. by Kate Daniel 1974 

4121 34

Notes on Production of Pieces 1947-1971 

4121 36

Writings 1956-2008 

4121 35

Audio Visual materials 

Cassettes 

Box Folder

Che-Ba-Kun-Ah -- rehearals and performance in Kalamazoo, MI 1971 

4122 1

Taiwa - The Spirit Bride, Ohio University Theatre April 30, 1966 

4122 1

Compact Disc 

Box Folder

AMT Sampler: Sight Seer Radio, Coggan via Pat Muth 1995 

4122 2

AMT - two dance rituals with narration by Coggan: Aimuari (Song of the Harvest) performed at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ in 1973 and Mass for Global Peace performed at Old St. Joseph Church, St. Norbert College, DePere, WI in 1990 [2 copies] 1973, 1990 

4122 2

Che-Ba-Kun-Ah Chippewa "Road of Souls" -- recorded at Western michigan University on April 3, 1971 and Okemos, MI at a later unknown date 1971, undated 

4122 2

Coggan on Teatro Inc #5 No Text 

4122 2

From the American Mythic Theatre recording #1: Three as Dance-Operas: Coggan/Reed - Earth-Trapped, Living Solid Face, Butterfly Girl & Mirage Boy 

4122 2

From the AMT recording #2: Taiwa - the Spirit Blade 

4122 2

DVD 

Box Folder

Michigan Underground Railroad with Historian Blanche B. Coggan presented by T.I. Inc. and the Grand Rapids Schools: Overview & Routes #1-#7 [2 copies] 1980 

4122 3

La Fiesta, Earth Trapped, Turning Mind (silent) 1958-1966 

4122 3

La Fiesta, Earth Trapped, Turning Mind (in Silence & with Temporary Music Audio - by John Adams) [2 copies] 1958-1966 

4122 3

T.I. Great Lakes Indian Basketry as Art, Woodland Flute Music by Doc Tate Nevaguaya 1980-1981 

4122 3

T.I. Inc: 1978 Promotional Interview with founder F.W. Coggan, plus 12 promo spots aired on Channel E, Historic Public Access ED TV in Wyoming, MI 1978-1979 

4122 3
Box

Reel to Reel - Michigan Indian Musical Heritage, T.I. Inc. 1971 

4122

Videotapes 

Box

CHEBAKUNAH - Road of Souls 1975 

4122

Great Lakes Indian Basketry - As Art Object (lighting and display by Coggan) 1980-1981 

4122

La Fiesta, Earth Trapped, Turning Mind (silent) [2 copies] 1958-1966 

4122

Michigan Indian Arts/Crafts/Lifeways 140slides with Narration by Coggan 1971 

4122

Rediscover the Americas!, T.I. Inc. programs covering South America, Colombia, Peru, the Caribbean, Yucatan, Guatamala, Mexico, and the USA presented in English and Spanish (includes two contents sheets, hand written schedule of production, airing dates, and cable guides) [9 videotapes] 1978-1979 

4122

Earth Trapped - Alexander/ Reed/ Coggan WHA-TV w/ new sound 9/2001 restructured 1962 

4122

Chebakunah – Road of Souls (8 min.) Sampler film at Aquinas College with Mide Priest-Robert Mieras, Soul Journey – Gene Olsen with H. Owen Reed Music Complete WMU recording. Coggan choreo/staging minus Dance Chorus etc. Algonquin 4 Day Journey after Death River Crossing to Dancing Lodge undated 

4122