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Margaret L. Coit Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 7 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Margaret L. Coit (1919-2003) was an American historian. Her books include biographies of Andrew Jackson, Bernard Baruch, and John C. Calhoun as well as more general historical works. She also taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of Colorado, and at numerous workshops.

Bernard Baruch (1870-1965) was an American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant. Among others, he advised U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt on economic matters.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret L. Coit Papers consist of manuscript drafts, including deleted pages and galleys of Mr. Baruch, her biography of Bernard Baruch. According to correspondence in our files, Ms Coit had completed the manuscript of her book when a falling-out with Baruch forced her to rewrite it. The manuscript version thus differs considerably from the final version published by Houghton Mifflin.

Arrangement of the Collection

The original manuscript of Mr. Baruch and three revisions are followed by the publisher's corrected galley and the final proof copy.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.
Coit, Margaret L.

Associated Titles

Mr. Baruch.


Capitalists and financiers -- United States -- Biography.
Liberalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.


United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Margaret L. Coit Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret L. Coit 1958.

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