The Coats Collection consists of correspondence and other business papers relating to the
alcoholic beverages gauging business, politics and economics, as well as photographs,
memorabilia, and California school texts (1852-1907).
James L. Coats was the second son of Felix G. Coats, who, in 1853, settled in the
Tassajara Valley of Contra Costa County. In 1860, Felix Coats married Levina Doggett.
James Coats was raised on his father's Contra Costa farm. He attended the University of
the Pacific in Santa Clara from 1883 through 1887, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree
in the latter year.
Collection is open for research.