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John Coelln papers

Call Number: RH WL MS 54


John Coelln was an anarchist politcal activist in San Francisco, California in the 1970s. This collection includes poetry, prose, and political writing from Coelln's college years, along with a small amount of correspondence and political bulletins from his time in San Francisco. The majority of the political content is composed of drafts of his group Liberatrian Socialist Federation's Statement of Principles.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1975


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Biography of John Coelln

John Terry Coelln (also known as Jon Koln, John Terry, Terry Koln, Colin Terry) was born November 23, 1944 and died February 8, 2001 in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Shimer College in Chicago, Illinois in 1966. A self-described anarchist socialist, he was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and, alongside Harry Siitonen, a San Francisco Bay Area group called World to Win. Coelln discusses this group in the 1978 printing of the Socialist Revoultionary Anarchist Federation (SRAF) Bulletin for Anarchist Agitators, no. 63.

Around 1975, it appears Coelln formed the Libertarian Socialist Federation (LSF) and its journal, Regeneration.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2016.

Related Materials

Harry A. Siitonen Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University.

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John Coelln papers, RH WL MS 54, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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