Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum at Forbes Library, the public library for the city of Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Memorial Day words of President Coolidge:“Here about us, in this place of beauty and reverence, lies the mortal dust of ...
05/25/2020

Memorial Day words of President Coolidge:
“Here about us, in this place of beauty and reverence, lies the mortal dust of a noble host, to whom we have come to pay our tribute, as thousands of other like gatherings will do throughout our land. In their youth and strength, their love and loyalty, those who rest here gave to their country all that mortality can give. For what they sacrificed we must give back the pledge of faith to all that they held dear, constantly renewed, constantly justified. Doing less would betray them and dishonor us.” — President Calvin Coolidge, Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington, May 30, 1925
For the full speech see https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/memorial-day-address-arlington-national-cemetery-arlington-virginia

For brothers day, here are a few of our favorite images including John and Calvin, Jr. #BrothersDay
05/24/2020

For brothers day, here are a few of our favorite images including John and Calvin, Jr. #BrothersDay

05/24/2020

For brothers day, a few of our favorite photographs of John and Calvin, Jr. Coolidge #BrothersDay

Graduating class of Black River Academy, Ludlow, Vermont, May 23, 1890. Calvin Coolidge second from left in back row. Ph...
05/23/2020

Graduating class of Black River Academy, Ludlow, Vermont, May 23, 1890. Calvin Coolidge second from left in back row. Photo from the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum (CC2.8.04)

The Coolidge administration used a yacht named the USS Mayflower as a Presidential retreat space.  Photographs from The ...
05/22/2020

The Coolidge administration used a yacht named the USS Mayflower as a Presidential retreat space. Photographs from The Library of Congress of Calvin Coolidge, Jr., First Lady Grace Coolidge, President Calvin Coolidge and John Coolidge on board the Mayflower, September 1923

Today is National American Red Cross Founder's Day.  Here is a photo from the National Photo Company Collection at Libra...
05/21/2020

Today is National American Red Cross Founder's Day.
Here is a photo from the National Photo Company Collection at Library of Congress of First Lady Grace Coolidge enrolling President Calvin Coolidge in the Red Cross. [She is putting a pin on his lapel and he is signing a card] on October 29, 1925
#AmericanRedCrossFoundersDay

May 20, 1926 President Coolidge signed into law the Air Commerce Act which established the origins of what we know today...
05/20/2020

May 20, 1926 President Coolidge signed into law the Air Commerce Act which established the origins of what we know today as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Air Commerce Act was to be carried out under the Secretary of
Commerce, Herbert Hoover, to foster air commerce, establish airways, establish, operate, and maintain aids to air navigation, license pilots and aircraft and investigate accidents. William McCracken,Jr. who was instrumental in writing the act, was named the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aviation. Here is a photo of President Coolidge presenting an award to William McCracken, Jr. Photograph by Harris & Ewing in the The Library of Congress, 1929
For more on this topic, see this great essay by Charles Downs https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/resources/essays-papers-addresses-13/

May 18, 1920, Governor Calvin Coolidge's step mother Carrie (Brown) Coolidge died.  Calvin Coolidge lost his mother, Vic...
05/18/2020

May 18, 1920, Governor Calvin Coolidge's step mother Carrie (Brown) Coolidge died. Calvin Coolidge lost his mother, Victoria in 1885 when he was 12 and his father remarried Plymouth Notch native and school teacher Carrie Brown in 1891 when Calvin was a freshman at Amherst College. In his autobiography, Calvin Coolidge says this about his stepmother: "one of the finest women of our neighborhood. I had known her all my life. After being without a mother nearly seven years I was greatly pleased to find in her all the motherly devotion that she could have given me if I had been her own son. She was a graduate of Kimball Union Academy and had taught school for some years. Loving books and music she was not only a mother to me but a teacher. For thirty years she watched over me and loved me, welcoming me when I went home, writing me often when I was away, and encouraging me in all my efforts. When at last she sank to rest she had seen me made Governor of Massachusetts and knew I was being considered for the Presidency.” More on Carrie Brown Coolidge from the Kimball Union Academy Archives at https://kimballunionarchives.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/carrie-althelia-brown-coolidge-class-of-1881/

Yesterday's puzzle was tough with all the grey so today is a color photo! Image is of the painting of Grace Coolidge and...
05/17/2020

Yesterday's puzzle was tough with all the grey so today is a color photo! Image is of the painting of Grace Coolidge and Rob Roy by Howard Chandler Christy. Photo by the The White House Historical Association https://jigex.com/hv9P
#jigsawpizzle #MuseumJigsaws

Jigsaw puzzle fans,check out this Calvin Coolidge puzzle! https://jigex.com/DJMf#jigsawpuzzle #MuseumJigsaws
05/16/2020

Jigsaw puzzle fans,check out this Calvin Coolidge puzzle! https://jigex.com/DJMf
#jigsawpuzzle #MuseumJigsaws

A graduate student asked us to send them a photo of Coolidge smiling for inspiration in their research.  There are few p...
05/15/2020

A graduate student asked us to send them a photo of Coolidge smiling for inspiration in their research. There are few photos of introverted Coolidge smiling, but this one by Underwood & Underwood in the Vermont Historical Society is a favorite among our volunteers. https://digitalvermont.org/items/show/45?collection=2

From Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton) and  Lieutenant Governor Coolidge on the 1918 flu
05/14/2020

From Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton) and Lieutenant Governor Coolidge on the 1918 flu

Throwback Thursday: Coolidge Proclamation on the influenza epidemic from September 1918. Full text from the Daily Hampshire Gazette article below, but first, a little context.

Massachusetts was a hot spot in the early days of the second wave of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, with the first cases appearing August 27th at Commonwealth Pier in Boston. World War 1 was in its final stages and Commonwealth Pier held a crowded barracks of some 7,000 sailors and had regular ship arrivals from Brest, France where the flu had erupted on August 22. By September, dozens of recruits with flu symptoms started appearing in training camps and the first cases began to appear in Boston’s civilian population. The same day as this Sept. 25th proclamation from Lieut. Gov. Coolidge, 66 deaths from influenza were announced at Camp Devens, with 6000 cases under treatment. Boston had 105 deaths, and it was announced that many smaller cities and towns were beginning to close their schools and theaters. In the following days, Coolidge appealed via telegraph to the President on behalf of 4 New England states for assistance. Northampton had a total of 131 reported cases that week, with 60 reported cases at Clarke School and 20 at Smith College.

Northampton closed its schools for a total of 7 weeks. The Gazette reported that the decisive action to close schools, churches and entertainment early spared the city of some of the higher rates of infection in other Western Mass communities.

(the following as printed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette September 25, 1918)

Lieut. Gov. Coolidge Calls Upon the Citizens of the State to Aid in Checking the Epidemic

Boston, Sept. 25 --

The seriousness of the epidemic of influenza in this state was emphasized in a proclamation issued from the Governor’s office last night, suggesting various measures for meeting the situation. Gov. McCall, who is out of the state, was in communication yesterday with the health commissioner, the surgeon-general and the Massachusetts Committee of Public Safety. The proclamation, which is signed by Lieut. Gov Calvin Coolidge says in part:

“The commonwealth is suffering from an epidemic of influenza which prevails in a large number of our communities with such a degree of virulence that the public safety is seriously threatened. I am informed by the commissioner of health and the surgeon-general that the present emergency demands immediate action, and that our citizens should be made aware of the situation. The medical and nursing resources of the state have been seriously depleted by the many calls for military service, and for this reason we are unable to receive material assistance from other sections of the country.

I most strongly urge that the public authorities release nurses engaged in work not at this time pressing and that householders dispense all non-emergency service, to the end that additional nurses may be available for the more serious cases of influenza. It is earnestly requested that everyone who has had medical or nursing experience, or who can assist in any way, communicate with the commissioner of health at the state house, so that he will have information to enable him to mobilize the entire medical and nursing resources of the commonwealth. It is suggested that cities and towns so far as possible co-ordinate, under a single executive, the hospital, medical and nursing facilities within their borders.

I would suggest that the fuel administration throughout the commonwealth consider revising the existing orders pertaining to the utilization of coal, so that the public health may be protected in this emergency.

In those communities where the disease prevails to an alarming extent, I earnestly urge the authorities to seriously consider the advisability of closing the public, primary, and parochial schools, places of amusement, churches and all places where people gather in considerable numbers. The greatest precaution should also be taken in buildings where our citizens gather to labor, for refreshment, or social intercourse, and in the steam and street cars. If we shall use the utmost care, avoid needless exposure, follow painstakingly the advice which will be issued from time to time regarding the conduct of the public, the epidemic will be short lived, its spread to other states prevented and scores of our own people saved from the ravages of disease.”

It is museum week!  We have a virtual tour in a pinned post here and if you are planning a future visit to Northampton, ...
05/14/2020

It is museum week! We have a virtual tour in a pinned post here and if you are planning a future visit to Northampton, also put Historic Northampton on your list to learn more about the city where Calvin Coolidge began his career. Their Making it on Main Street exhibit features an interactive play area with Forbes Library and Calvin and Grace Coolidge! Here are photos from the elementary school aged child of our archivist at one of his favorite educational stops. #museumweek

05/12/2020

Today is national limerick day! Do you have a limerick about Calvin Coolidge to share with us? Kate E. Bradley shared this to get you started writing one:
A Vermonter by birth
With terse yankee mirth
No doubt a truly cool cat
Whether in headdress or hat
Cool Cal was a man of great worth
#NationalLimerickDay

#MuseumCrushMonday Our photograph collection database is not fully online so while we are working remotely and don't hav...
05/11/2020
Leslie Jones Collection - Digital Commonwealth

#MuseumCrushMonday Our photograph collection database is not fully online so while we are working remotely and don't have access to our entire collection, we have supplemented postings with images from other collections that we love.
The Leslie Jones Collection at Boston Public Library is a favorite and available in the Digital Commonwealth (another favorite!) Jones was a photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler 1917-1956 and captured Calvin Coolidge from his Lt. Governor days until his death in 1933. https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/collections/commonwealth:2j62s484w

An online library of photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies across Massachusetts.

Happy Mother's Day! Grace Coolidge was mother to John (1906-2000) and Calvin Jr. (1908-1924).  Here are some  photograph...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! Grace Coolidge was mother to John (1906-2000) and Calvin Jr. (1908-1924). Here are some photographs of her favorite role.

It is national dog mom day and our favorite pair is Grace Coolidge and Rob Roy! #NationalDogMomDay
05/09/2020

It is national dog mom day and our favorite pair is Grace Coolidge and Rob Roy! #NationalDogMomDay

It is National Pet Week so time for more Forbes Library staff pets and Coolidge pets! Meet Pawsie and their stuffed frie...
05/08/2020

It is National Pet Week so time for more Forbes Library staff pets and Coolidge pets!
Meet Pawsie and their stuffed friend Rocky! They have been remote working with a librarian and helping our archivist with behind the scenes work with the Coolidge Museum photo collection, website and facebook post ideas! They are fond of these images of Coolidge family cats and raccoon.
#petweek

Today is National Tourism Day! President Coolidge had the tradition of a different Summer White House each year to escap...
05/07/2020

Today is National Tourism Day! President Coolidge had the tradition of a different Summer White House each year to escape the heat of Washington, D.C. for a milder climate when Congress was not in session. The mail and phone calls were forwarded and staff set up an office nearby for this working vacation.
1924- Plymouth Notch Vermont. The First Family resided at the President's father's home (Vermont State Historic Sites) and an office was set up on the second floor of the village general store and post office. Secret service stayed in cabins and tents along the perimeter of the village.
1925- White Court, Swampscott, Massachusetts
This was a private home on the ocean north of Boston and was rented by the Coolidge family. An office was in nearby Lynn, Mass.
1926- White Pine Camp, Adirondacks, New York
The Coolidge family rented this resort on a lake from friends and the Presidents spend many hours fishing there.
1927- Black Hills, South Dakota
The Coolidges stayed at the Game Lodge at Custer State Park with office space was in the Rapid City High School. T
1928- Brule, Wisconsin
The Coolidges rented the Cedar Island Lodge from the estate of Henry Clay Pierce and set up offices in the nearby high school. President Coolidge spent time fly fishing on the Brule River.
Post Presidency, Calvin and Grace Coolidge spent about 1 month in early 1930 in Florida at the Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora
Check out the places, we have tagged for more information on visiting, touring and sleeping where the President vacationed!
#NationalTourismDay
#TourismDay
#tourism
#vacation

Today is Nurses Day! We are thankful for those who are on the frontlines assisting with the current pandemic. Grace Cool...
05/06/2020

Today is Nurses Day! We are thankful for those who are on the frontlines assisting with the current pandemic. Grace Coolidge was active with the Red Cross for decades and as First Lady was a frequent visitor to Walter Reed Hospital to advocate for the care of disabled Veterans of World War I. Here is a photograph from The Library of Congress of Grace Coolidge as a volunteer "Grey Lady of the Red Cross" reading to veterans at Walter Reed Hospital,1923. For more information on healthcare of Veterans of the Great War, see The White House Historical Association photo essays on this topic: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/grace-coolidge-and-great-war-veterans
https://www.whitehousehistory.org/a-celebration-for-veterans
#NursesDay

Today is teacher appreciation day! Grace Coolidge graduated from the University of Vermont in 1902 and moved to Northamp...
05/05/2020

Today is teacher appreciation day! Grace Coolidge graduated from the University of Vermont in 1902 and moved to Northampton, Massachusetts to teach at the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech until her 1905 marriage to local lawyer Calvin Coolidge. Here is a photograph of her classroom. #TeacherAppreciationDay #ThankATeacher

Today is Bird Dayhere is a photo of Grace Coolidge and a bird at the White House in 1923.  Photo by Harris & Ewing from ...
05/04/2020

Today is Bird Day
here is a photo of Grace Coolidge and a bird at the White House in 1923. Photo by Harris & Ewing from the The Library of Congress #BirdDay

May is National Inventors Month. This photo is a throwback to 2012 when Coolidge's electric exercise horse was on displa...
05/03/2020

May is National Inventors Month. This photo is a throwback to 2012 when Coolidge's electric exercise horse was on display at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum at the US Patent and Trademark Office Building in Alexandria, Virginia. Calvin Coolidge was gifted an electric exercise horse from friend Dwight Morrow and used it in the White House to practice riding and balance. The horse was nicknamed Thunderbolt by the press and was invented and patented by John Harvey Kellogg. After its residence in the White House, Thunderbolt came to Northampton and resided at the home of Coolidge's long time friend and law partner, Ralph Hemenway. The horse was gifted to Forbes Library in 1959 by the Hemenway family. Today it is on display in the Coolidge Museum.
#inventions #Nationalinventorsmonth

Today is Brothers and Sisters Day.  Calvin Coolidge had a younger sister, Abigal (Abbie) (1875-1890).  She was named for...
05/02/2020

Today is Brothers and Sisters Day. Calvin Coolidge had a younger sister, Abigal (Abbie) (1875-1890). She was named for her mother's mother, Abigal Franklin Moor. Calvin and Abbie had lost their mother in 1885. While Calvin attended high school at Black River Academy in Ludlow and boarded nearby, Abbie at age 12 had passed the exam with the school superintendent to teach and taught in a neighboring town. In March 1890, Abbie became ill and died with Calvin and their father John at her bedside. It was later assumed she succumbed to appendicitis. In his autobiography, Calvin said the "memory of the charm of her presence and her dignified devotion to the right will always abide with me.” Here are images of Abbie Coolidge
#brothersister

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The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum (CCPLM) collects, preserves and makes available for research materials documenting the public and private life of Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). Manuscripts, artifacts and exhibits cover his political career from Northampton to Boston to the White House and his post-presidential years as a Northampton resident. The Collection also includes materials related to Grace Goodhue Coolidge (1879-1957) and sons John (1906-2000) and Calvin Jr. (1908-1924).

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum was established in 1920, when Massachusetts Governor and Vice-President Elect Calvin Coolidge began giving documents and memorabilia to Forbes Library, the public library for the city of Northampton, Massachusetts. During his Presidency and upon leaving the White House, additional materials were added including the Howard Chandler Christy portraits of Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace, and the infamous electric exercise horse. In 1956, acting upon the request of Grace Coolidge and Trustees of Forbes Library, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts granted funds to establish a “Calvin Coolidge Memorial Room” as a separate entity within the Forbes Library. Today, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum at Forbes Library is the largest existing source of primary material on Calvin Coolidge and the only public library in the United States to hold a presidential collection.

Research at the Coolidge Library & Museum

The collection consists of manuscripts, speeches, letters, videos, recordings, microfilms, the official presidential papers and the personal papers of President Coolidge, tapes, off-the-record press conferences, photographs, paintings, scrapbooks, broadsides, artifacts, and the famous electric exercise horse. The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum is managed by an Archivist/Curator and is available to researchers during open hours and by appointment.

For research questions, please contact archivist, Julie Bartlett Nelson at 413-587-1014 or [email protected]


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