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Forrest W. Coggan papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.202

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1947 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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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Custodial History

Papers were donated by Forrest W. Coggan.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Forrest W. Coggan Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Palazzola
July 2004
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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