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John Coles Papers, 1980-2011
(15 Linear feet) 10 record storage boxes, one box DVDs
Collection number: MA.01008

Abstract:
The collection contains mainly production material related to John Coles’ directing career in feature films and television movies and series. Also included is Coles’ personal research material for an unproduced documentary on the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican nationalist group.

Terms of Access and Use:

There is no restriction on access to the John D. Coles (AC 1980) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical / Historical

John Coles (AC 1980) is a New York-based award-winning film and television director. As an undergraduate, Coles directed “Going Through College,” a short film about his experience at Amherst. After graduating, Coles began a career in directing feature films, television and theater productions. He founded a production company, Talking Wall Pictures, for feature and television projects. His movie projects have included Signs of Life, Rising Son (1990), Darrow (1991), Friends at Last (1995), The Good Fight (1992), and Against Her Will (1994). Television series he has worked on have included “The West Wing,” “Sex and the City,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey's Anatomy” and “Damages.”

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of director’s production materials from television and film projects directed by John D. Coles, including assorted research material about the Young Lords Project, an unproduced documentary about a Puerto Rican Nationalist group in the 1960s and 70s.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1: Production Files Series 1, PRODUCTIONS, organized into two sub-groups: A - PRODUCTION FILES, 1981-2012, consists of scripts, storyboards, director’s notes, contact information, casting information, photographs, clippings, and assorted printed material related to television and film projects directed by Coles. Organized chronologically. B – PRODUCTION DVDs, consists of Digital Video Discs of television and film projects directed by Coles. Organized alphabetically by title.

Series 2: Young Lords Project Consists of interviews, research, clippings, printed material, and FBI records.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the John D. Coles (AC 1980) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

History of the Collection

The collection was the gift of John Coles.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English
Related Materials

Alumni Biographical Files – Class of 1980 – Coles; The Marshall Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection contains issues of The Young Lord.


Contents List
Productions



Production Files
1981-2012


PRODUCTION FILES, 1981-2012, consists of scripts, storyboards, director’s notes, contact information, casting information, photographs, clippings, and assorted printed material related to television and film projects directed by Coles. Organized chronologically.

Hellfire
1981-1982

Box 1: folder 1
Hellfire
(bulk 1982-1987)

Box 1: folder 2-3
Western Electric
(bulk 1985-1995)

Box 1: folder 4-6
Darkside - "Night Court"
1986 March-May

Box 1: folder 7-8
One for Sorry, Two for Joy
(bulk 1987-1988)

Box 1: folder 9-11
One for Sorry, Two for Joy/ Signs of Life
(bulk 1987-1988)

Box 1: folder 12-15
Never Never Land - Binder 1
(bulk 1987-1991)

Box 1: folder 16-19
Where She Went, What She Did
(bulk 1989)

Box 1: folder 20
Signs of Life
(bulk 1989-1991)

Box 1: folder 21-22
“Assistant Directors, Directors, Casting Directors, Costume, Actor List” – correspondence, printed material, notes
(bulk 1990-1999)

Box 1: folder 23
Rising Son
(bulk 1990)

Box 2: folder 1-2
Darrow
(bulk 1990-1991)

Box 2: folder 3-4
I’ll Fly Away – “The Hat”, Northern Exposure – “Altered Egos”
(bulk 1991-1993)

Box 2: folder 5-6
Gillete
(bulk 1991-1993)

Box 2: folder 7-8
Jet Drag
(bulk 1992)

Box 2: folder 9
Going to Extremes – “A Mon Needs a Maid”
1992 August

Box 2: folder 10
Up to Now
1992 September

Box 2: folder 11-12
Philly Heat
1993 March

Box 2: folder 13
Birdland
1993 November

Box 2: folder 14-15
Carrie Buck
1994 April-June

Box 2: folder 16-17
Friends at Last
(bulk 1994-1995)

Box 2: folder 18-19
Never Never Land – Binder 2
(bulk 1994-1999)

Box 2: folder 20-21
New York News – “Fun City”
1995 August

Box 2: folder 22-23
Imposter
1995 December

Box 3: folder 1-2
FEDS – “Crash and Burn”
1996 August-September

Box 3: folder 3
EZ Streets – “Icarus Ascending”
1996 October

Box 3: folder 4
Destiny and Me – Pilot
1998 March-April

Box 3: folder 5
Nothing Sacred – “Song of Songs”
1997 August

Box 3: folder 6-7
Nothing Sacred – “Speaking in Tongues”
1997 October

Box 3: folder 8
Antigone in New York – Notes
(bulk 1997-1999)

Box 3: folder 9
Maximum Bob – “Wandalust”
1998 June

Box 3: folder 10-11
Forever Young/The Web
(bulk 1998-2001)

Box 3: folder 12
Antigone in New York – Crew
(bulk 1998)

Box 3: folder 13-14
Antigone in New York – Budget
(bulk 1998-1999)

Box 3: folder 15-17
Antigone in New York – Contracts
(bulk 1998-1999)

Box 3: folder 18-19
Antigone in New York – correspondence, finance, reviews
(bulk 1998-2000)

Box 3: folder 20-21
Glass House
(bulk 1998-2000)

Box 4: folder 1-2
Sex and the City – Episodes 205 and 206
1999 March

Box 4: folder 3-4
Songs in Ordinary Time
1999 October

Box 4: folder 5-6
Sex and the City – Episodes 313 and 314
2000 August

Box 4: folder 7
The $treet
2000 November-December

Box 4: folder 8-9
Hokey Pokey
2001 March

Box 4: folder 10
Law & Order – “Enemy Within”
(bulk 2001 May)

Box 4: folder 11
Emma Brody – “Driven”
2001 October

Box 4: folder 12-13
Sex and the City – Episodes 503 and 504
2002 April-May

Box 4: folder 14-15
West Wing – “Arctic Radar”
2002 November

Box 4: folder 16
Push Nevada – “Untitled”
2002 September

Box 4: folder 17
West Wing – “Life on Mars”
2003 March

Box 4: folder 18
Karen Sisco – “Justice”
2003 September

Box 4: folder 19-20
Nikki and Nora
2004 April

Box 4: folder 21-22
Jack and Bobby – “Valentino”
2004 September

Box 4: folder 23-24
Desperate Housewives – “Move On”
2004 November

Box 5: folder 1-2
Grey’s Anatomy – “Shake Your Groove Thing”
2004 December

Box 5: folder 3-4
Ambition (The Trumps) – “Trump: Add’l Notes”
2005 February-March

Box 5: folder 5-7
Ambition (The Trumps) – Unauthorized
2005 March-April

Box 5: folder 8-9
Thief – Pilot Episode 101
2005 October

Box 5: folder 10-11
Thief – Episodes 104 and 105
2005 December

Box 5: folder 12-13
Law & Order – “Drama Giocoso”
2006 February

Box 5: folder 14-15
Saved – “The Lady and the Tiger”
2006 April

Box 5: folder 16
Saved – “Triage”
2006 June

Box 5: folder 17
Saved – “Tango”
2006 July

Box 5: folder 18
3lbs – Episode 005
2006 September-October

Box 5: folder 19
3lbs – Director’s Notebook
(bulk 2006-2007)

Box 5: folder 20
Damages – Episode 102
2007 May-June

Box 6: folder 1-2
New Amsterdam – Pilot
2007 July

Box 6: folder 3
New Amsterdam – “Golden Boy”
2007 August

Box 6: folder 4
New Amsterdam – “Legacy”
2007 September

Box 6: folder 5-6
Law & Order – “Personae Non Gratae”
2008 April

Box 6: folder 7-8
Law & Order – “Lost Children of the Blood”
2009 December

Box 6: folder 9-10
Love Bites – “Stand and Deliver”
2010 October

Box 6: folder 11
Justified – “Debts and Accounts”
2011 February

Box 6: folder 12-13
Unforgettable – Episode 103
2011 September

Box 6: folder 14-15
Pan Am – “Romance Language”
2011 September-October

Box 6: folder 16
A Gifted Man – “In Case of a Bolt From the Blue”
2011 November

Box 6: folder 17
Unforgettable – “Brotherhood”
2011 November-December

Box 6: folder 18-19
Unforgettable – Episode 121
2012 February

Box 6: folder 20-21
Production DVDs
1979-2012


B – PRODUCTION DVDs, consists of Digital Video Discs of television and film projects directed by Coles. Organized alphabetically by title.

3 LBS – Episode 2, “Disarming”
[2006 December 5]

Box 10: folder 1
3 LBS – Episode 5, “Heart Stopping”
2006 December 13

Box 10: folder 2
Birdland – “Plan B”
2007 February 28

Box 10: folder 3
Darrow
[1990-1991]

Box 10: folder 4
Damages – “And My Paralyzing Fear of Death”
[2007 August 2]

Box 10: folder 5
Desperate Housewives – Episode 110, “Move On”
[2005 January 9]

Box 10: folder 6
Friends at Last
[1994-1995]

Box 10: folder 7
A Gifted Man – Episode 109
[2012 January 6]

Box 10: folder 8
"Going Through College: A Study in Perspective"
1979

Box 10: folder 9
Going to Extremes
[1992 August]

Box 10: folder 10
Grey’s Anatomy – “Shake Your Groove Thing”
[2005 April 24]

Box 10: folder 11
Hellfire
[1981-1987]

Box 10: folder 12
I'll Fly Away
2007 February 28

Box 10: folder 13
Justified – “Blind Spot”
2010 April 27

Box 10: folder 14
Karen Sisco
[2003 September]

Box 10: folder 15
Law and Order – “Persona Non Gratae”
[2008 May 14]

Box 10: folder 16
Love Bites – “Stand and Deliver”
[2011 June 30]

Box 10: folder 17
Maximum Bob – “Wandalust”
[1998 August 11]

Box 10: folder 18
New Amsterdam – Pilot
2008 April 29

Box 10: folder 19
New Amsterdam – Episode 101, “Golden Boy”
2008 April 1

Box 10: folder 20
Nikki & Nora
2004 April 28

Box 10: folder 21
Northern Exposure – “Altered Egos”
[1992 October 11]

Box 10: folder 22
Nothing Sacred – “Song of Songs”
2007 February 28

Box 10: folder 23
Nothing Sacred – “Speaking in Tongues”
2007 February 28

Box 10: folder 24
Pan Am – “Romance Languages”
[2012 February 12]

Box 10: folder 25
The Rememberer - Pilot
undated

Box 10: folder 26
Rising Son
1990

Box 10: folder 27
Saved – “The Lady & the Tiger”
2006 June

Box 10: folder 28
Saved – “Tango”
2006 August 21

Box 10: folder 29
Saved – “Triage”
2006 August 2

Box 10: folder 30
Sex and the City – Episode 205/P3, “The Cheating Curve”
2007 February 28

Box 10: folder 31
Sex and the City – Episode 206/P4, “They Shoot Single People Don’t They”
2007 February 28

Box 10: folder 32
Sex and the City – Episode 313/P17, “Escape from New York”
[2000 September 10]

Box 10: folder 33
Sex and the City – Episode 314/P18, “Sex and Another City”
[2000 September 17]

Box 10: folder 34
Sex and the City – Episode 503/P3, “Luck Be an Old Lady”
[2002 August 4]

Box 10: folder 35
Signs of Life
2009 July 1

Box 10: folder 36
The Street – “Junk Bonds”
2001

Box 10: folder 37
Thief – “Pilot”
[2006 March 28]

Box 10: folder 38
Thief – Episode 101, “I Ain’t Goin to Jail for Anybody”
[2006 April 4]

Box 10: folder 39
Thief – Episode 106
[2006 May 2]

Box 10: folder 40
Trump – Unauthorized
2005

Box 10: folder 41
Unforgettable – Episode 103
2011 September 6

Box 10: folder 42
Unforgettable – Episode 103
2011 September 8

Box 10: folder 43
Unforgettable – Episode 112, “Brotherhood”
[2012 January 10]

Box 10: folder 44
Unforgettable – Episode 121, “The Man in the Woods”
[2012 May 8]

Box 10: folder 45
The West Wing – “Arctic Radar”
[2002 November 27]

Box 10: folder 46
The West Wing – “Life on Mars”
[2003 April 30]

Box 10: folder 47
Young Lords Project, (bulk 1998-1999)
1998-2001


YOUNG LORDS PROJECT, 1998-2001, consists of interviews, research, clippings, printed material, and FBI records.

Young Lords Project



“YLP – 1st Draft Notes and TRTMTS”
1999

Box 7: folder 1
Binder 1 – “YLP People A-L”
1999

Box 7: folder 2-4
Binder 2 – “YLP People M-Z”
1999

Box 7: folder 5-7
Binder 3 – “YLP New York Times”
1999

Box 7: folder 8-9
Binder 4 – “Issues of Palante”
1999

Box 7: folder 10-12
Binder 5 – “YLP Research Misc.”
1998-1999

Box 7: folder 13-15
Binder 6 – “YLP Sources A-Z”
undated

Box 7: folder 16-18
Binder 7 – “Young Lords Reference Book A1”
1999

Box 7: folder 19-22
Binder 8 – “YLP Sources AA-ZZ”
undated

Box 8: folder 1-2
Young Lords Project- FBI Records



Young Lords Party Information Request
1999-2001

Box 8: folder 3
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 1


Box 8: folder 4-5
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 2


Box 8: folder 6-7
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 3


Box 8: folder 8-9
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 4


Box 8: folder 10-11
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 5


Box 8: folder 12
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 6


Box 8: folder 13
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 7


Box 8: folder 14-16
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 8


Box 8: folder 17
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 9


Box 8: folder 18
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 10


Box 8: folder 19
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 11


Box 8: folder 20-21
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 12


Box 8: folder 22
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 13


Box 8: folder 23-24
Young Lords Party – File No. 105-205390, Vol. 14


Box 9: folder 1
Young Lords Party – File No. 157-12295, Vol. 1


Box 9: folder 2
Young Lords Party – File No. 157-12295, Vol. 2


Box 9: folder 3
Young Lords Party – File No. 157-12295, Vol. 3


Box 9: folder 4-5
Young Lords Party – File No. 157-12295, Vol. 4


Box 9: folder 6-7
Young Lords Party – File No. 157-12295, Vol. 5


Box 9: folder 8
Young Lords Party – File No. 9-52192


Box 9: folder 9
Young Lords Party – File No. 157-19763


Box 9: folder 10
Young Lords Party – File No. 14-3109


Box 9: folder 11

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