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L. W. Coggins Papers 1898-1918


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Coggins, L. W. (Lewis W.), b. 1869
Title: L. W. Coggins Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1898-1918
Quantity: 1 Box (0.5 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The L. W. Coggins Papers consist of correspondence, newsclippings, cartoons, and song lyrics collected by Coggins. The majority of the material documents the Arizona statehood movement and the Spanish American War.
Identification: MSS-29
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
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Biographical Note

Lewis Wilfred Coggins, Mayor of Phoenix and businessman, was born to Luther D. and Mary (Durfee) Coggins in Lamoine, Maine on January 15, 1869 and was educated in the public schools at Greeley, Colorado. In 1892 Coggins established an abstract of title firm with Z. O. Brown named Coggins and Brown. This firm was the predecessor of the Phoenix Title and Trust Company and the Phoenix Title Guaranty and Abstract Company. Coggins became sole owner of the latter company in 1908.

Coggins was elected mayor of Phoenix in 1906 and was re-elected in 1907. During his tenure the municipal water works were established, a major sidewalk building program was initiated, the municipal deficit was eliminated, and the budget was balanced. Coggins also had a significant career in the Arizona National Guard and was a charter member of the Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution.

Coggins married Sarah Eva Mason (1869-1946) on January 15, 1896 in Greeley, Colorado and the couple had five children: Ruth Mason (1897-), May Angeline (1898-1985), Ralph Luther (1900-1980), Milton Durfee (1902-1994), and Alice (Coggins) Marshall (1909-1994). Lewis W. Coggins died of heart disease in Phoenix on May 10, 1953.

Scope and Content Note

The L. W. Coggins Papers consist of correspondence, newsclippings, cartoons, and song lyrics collected by Coggins. The majority of the material documents the Arizona statehood movement and the Spanish American War.


This collection consists of one box.


Access Restrictions

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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Coggins, L. W. (Lewis W.), b. 1869.
Maso-Reavis y Peralta de la Csrdoba, Sophia Loreta Micaela de.
Reavis, James Addison, 1843-1914.

Arizona -- History -- To 1912.
Land grants -- Arizona.
Mayors -- Arizona -- Phoenix.
Phoenix (Ariz.) -- History.
Spanish-American War, 1898.
Statehood (American politics)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], L. W. Coggins Papers, MSS-29, Arizona State University Library.


The L. W. Coggins Papers were received from Miss May Coggins in 1971 (ACC# 71-017).

Container List

11/OV3 Newspapers Regarding Spanish American War, Arizona Statehood, City of Phoenix, 1898-1912
12/OV3 Newspapers Regarding Spanish American War, 1898
13/OV3 Newspapers Regarding Spanish American War, 1898
14/OV3 Newspapers Regarding Battleship Maine Disaster, Spanish American War, 1898
15/OV3 Newspapers Regarding Arizona Statehood, 1912
16 Election Ballots, 1907-1912
17 Postcard, Wire Communications, Pamphlets Regarding Statehood, Undated
18 "We'll Paddle Our Own Canoe" Lyrics, Undated
19 Phoenix Citizens' Committee Report Regarding Water Works, 1902
110 Theodore Roosevelt Correspondence Regarding Joint Statehood with New Mexico, 1906
111 Senator W. B. Heyburn Correspondence Regarding Arizona Statehood and Proposed Constitution, 1911
112 Miscellaneous Correspondence Regarding Arizona Statehood, 1911
113 Miscellaneous Correspondence Regarding Arizona Statehood, 1911
114/OV3 Newsclipping Regarding Reavis Claim to Peralta Land Grant, 1899
115/OV3 Newspaper Regarding End of World War I, 1918
116 Newsclipping Regarding Sloan Inauguration as Territorial Governor, 1909
117 Newsclipping Regarding Phoenix Plumbing Code Ordinance, 1906
118 Newsclipping Regarding Phoenix Sewer System, 1909
119 Letter to Editor Regarding Arizona Statehood, 1906
120 Newsclipping Regarding Water and Bridges in Phoenix, 1908-1909
121 Letter to Editor from Senator Bourne Regarding Proposed Arizona Constitution, 1910
122 Newsclipping Regarding Construction Bids for Roosevelt Dam, 1904
123 Newsclippings Regarding Phoenix City Council Actions on Standard Time, Telephone System, Street Railway and Prostitution, 1906-1910
124 Newsclipping Regarding Territorial Board of Equalization, 1899
125 Newsclippings Regarding Sheep, Coggins for Mayor, Women's Suffrage, 1909
126/OV2 Newsclippings Regarding Joint Statehood, 1906
127/OV2 Newsclippings Regarding San Francisco Fire, 1906
128 Cartoon Regarding Bicycles and Cycling, Undated
129 Newsclippings Regarding Assassination of President McKinley, 1901
130 Miscellaneous Newsclippings, 1908, Undated