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MS 048 - Robert Coe Sketchbooks Collection

Identifier: MS 048


Fourteen sketchbooks and nine loose sketches by Robert Coe, primarily in pencil and charcoal.  The sketchbooks depict a variety of subjects, from buildings to dogs to landscapes.  There are many drawings of locations in Europe and a few of the area around Cody, Wyoming.  The loose sketches depict architecture and nudes, and were probably done for a class, as they all have grades penciled on them.  Some of the drawings in the collection have dates, but most do not.


  • Created: 1922-1975
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/25/1986


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Biographical or Historical Information

Robert Douglas Coe (1902–1985): Obituary from the Orlando Sentinel “CANNES, FRANCE — Robert Douglas Coe, 83, a former American diplomat, died May 26. He was a resident of Cannes and Cody, Wyo., where his family owned Coe Ranch, bought in 1910 from William F. Cody, the American plainsman known as Buffalo Bill. Coe was former president of the W.R. Coe Foundation, named for his father, William Robertson Coe, an insurance executive who died in 1955. When the foundation was dissolved in 1974, an endowment was given to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of Cody, which used the money to build the Plains Indian Museum. Coe attended St. Paul's School and Harvard University. In 1927 he received a master's degree from Magdalen College at Oxford, and the following year he entered the foreign service. He had posts in Brazil, Peru, Turkey, India, Britain, Italy and the Netherlands, and after 24 years' service retired in 1952. The next year, in what was generally viewed as a political appointment, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made him ambassador to Denmark, a post he held until 1957.” -- “Robert Douglas Coe, 83, a former American diplomat, died...”  Orlando Sentinel 3 June 1985. Web. 28 Aug. 2013.

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2.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

Series 1. Sketchbooks, 1922 – 1975, 1.5 ft (Boxes 1-2) – 14 sketchbooks containing primarily pencil and charcoal drawings depicting a variety of subjects. Series 2. Loose Sketches, 1922, 1.5 ft (Box 2) – 9 loose pencil sketches depicting architecture and nudes.

Source of Acquisition

Robert Coe Estate

Method of Acquisition


Related Publications

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Elizabeth Bell, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the McCracken Research Library Repository

720 Sheridan Ave.
Cody WY 82414-3428 US