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Vermont Historical Society

CPC Catalog > Organization: Vermont Historical Society

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60 Washington St.

Barre, VT 05641

Description:

The Vermont Historical Society engages both Vermonters and "Vermonters at heart" in the exploration of our state's rich heritage. Our purpose is to reach a broad audience through our outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. We believe that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities.

The Vermont Historical Society is…

  • the only museum in Vermont where visitors experience the entire breadth of Vermont's history from the time of the Abenaki to the beginning of the 21st century; at the Pavilion Building in downtown Montpelier.
  • the finest genealogical research library in the state, located at the Vermont History Center in Barre.
  • centuries of Vermont-related collections, including the document that admitted Vermont to the Union (signed by Thomas Jefferson), a Revolutionary War atlas of Lake Champlain and even the shoe buckles worn by Ethan Allen!
  • a resource for Vermont's 100,000 schoolchildren and their teachers.
  • the home of the Vermont Women's History Project.
  • the publisher of books and a journal about Vermont history.

The Society also features a collection of images from Coolidge's years in the White House: http://www.digitalvermont.org/items/browse?collection=2

Categories:

Collections:
Coolidge Family Papers, 1802-1932
Coolidge speeches and articles, 1895-1923
Ellen Agnes Riley White House Papers, 1926-1961

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Coolidge Family Papers, 1802-1932

Coolidge family. The Coolidge family papers are a collection of correspondence, financial and legal papers, and photographs of the Coolidge family of Plymouth, Vermont, 1802-1932. The focus of the papers is John Coolidge (1845-1926), but other family members and generations are represented as well. Most significant of these is John's son, President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). There is also a substantial amount of material of John's father, Calvin Galusha Coolidge (1815-1878), and, because of the family's involvement in local government and politics, there are many papers concerning the town of Plymouth.

Calvin Galusha Coolidge was born September 22, 1815, in Plymouth, Vermont, the son of Calvin and Sarah (Thompson) Coolidge. He married Sarah Almeda Brewer in 1844. They had two children: John Calvin (1845-1926) and Julius Caesar (1851-1870). Calvin G. Coolidge served as justice of the peace, town agent, constable, and selectman for the town of Plymouth. He also represented the town in the General Assembly of Vermont, 1860-1861. He died in 1878.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/36062409

 

This addendum to the Coolidge family papers is a small collection of correspondence and miscellaneous documents of the Coolidge family of Plymouth, Vermont, 1869-1936. The focus of the collection is letters to Sarah B. Coolidge (1823-1906) from her children and grandchildren during the period 1869-1896. Most significant of these are several letters future President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), as a child, wrote to his grandmother and later when he was a student at St. Johnsbury Academy and Amherst College. Printed ephemera includes: catalogs for Black River Academy, Ludlow, Vt.; commencement programs for the years 1888, 1890, and 1896; and town reports for Plymouth, Vt., 1895 and 1897.
Calvin Galusha Coolidge was born September 22, 1815, in Plymouth, Vermont, the son of Calvin and Sarah (Thompson) Coolidge. He married Sarah Almeda Brewer in 1844. They had two children: John Calvin (1845-1926) and Julius Caesar (1851-1870). Calvin G. Coolidge served as justice of the peace, town agent, constable, and selectman for the town of Plymouth. He also represented the town in the General Assembly of Vermont, 1860-1861. He died in 1878. Sarah Almeda Brewer was the daughter of Israel C. and Sally C. Brewer. Widowed in 1878, Sarah married George W. Putnam in 1893. Putnam was Rebecca Brewer's widower.
Calvin G. Coolidge's son John C. Coolidge was born in November 1845. He married Victoria Josephine Moor in 1868, and they had two children: John Calvin, known as Calvin (1872-1933), and Abigail Grace (1875-1890). Victoria died in 1885 and Abigail died in 1890. A year later John married Carrie Athelia Brown. John Coolidge operated a store and post office out of his house in Plymouth, Vt., beginning in 1868. His other activities included service as justice of the peace, deputy sheriff, representative of the town of Plymouth in the state legislature (1872-1878), Windsor County senator (1910-1912), and vice president of the Ludlow Savings Bank.
John Coolidge's son (John) Calvin attended Plymouth schools until 1886, when he enrolled at Black River Academy at Ludlow, Vermont, from which he graduated in 1890. In 1895 Coolidge graduated from Amherst College and studied law at the office of Hammond and Field in Northampton, Massachusetts. His first elected position was in the city council in 1898, and from 1899 to 1902 he was city solicitor. He then was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1906, became mayor of Northampton in 1910, then state senator in 1911 and president of the Senate in 1913. In 1915 he was elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and became governor in 1918. Coolidge was elected vice president of the United States under President Warren G. Harding in 1920 and upon Harding's death in 1923 became president. He was reelected to that position in 1924 and chose not to run in subsequent elections.
 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/39000851

Size
10.75 linear ft

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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Coolidge speeches and articles, 1895-1923

Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933. (John) Calvin Coolidge attended Plymouth, Vermont schools until 1886, when he enrolled at Black River Academy at Ludlow, Vermont, from which he graduated in 1890. In 1895, Coolidge graduated from Amherst College and studied law at the office of Hammond and Field in Northampton, Massachusetts. His first elected position was in the city council in 1898, and from 1899 to 1902 he was city solicitor. He then was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1906, became mayor of Northampton in 1910, then state senator in 1911 and president of the Senate in 1913. In 1915, he was elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and became governor in 1918. Coolidge was elected vice president of the United States under President Warren G. Harding in 1920 and upon Harding's death in 1923 became president. He was reelected to that position in 1924 and chose not to run in subsequent elections.

The collections of the Vermont Historical Society's Leahy Library also include Coolidge family papers (Doc 215-221, Doc 390-392) and addendum to these family papers (MSA 183-184). The collection consists of copies of speeches and articles by Calvin Coolidge between 1895 and 1923, beginning with an oration from The Amherst Student and extending through a statement by Mr. Coolidge after death of President Harding. See the full text finding aid for a complete inventory of all included speeches and articles.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/888070657

Size
1 folder

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Warren G. Harding

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Ellen Agnes Riley White House Papers, 1926-1961

Riley, Ellen A., 1884 -1972. Ella Riley was eventually hired by Frank Waterman Stearns to organize and run the new employee cafeteria of the R.H. Stearns department store in Boston. Frank W. Stearns was a staunch supporter and advisor to Calvin Coolidge, sustaining a close relationship with him throughout his life and political career. Ella Riley had been working for Stearns department store for seven years when Mrs. Stearns came to her and asked if she would like to go to Washington to work as head of housekeeping in the White House. On July, 1, 1926, Ella headed to Washington, D.C., to begin her White House career. She was appointed "Custodian of the Plate, Furniture and Public Property of the Executive Mansion" and assumed the duties of marketing, planning and keeping accounts, staying with the Coolidge family in Washington and at the "Summer White House" sites of White Pine Camp in Paul Smiths, New York, State Game Lodge in South Dakota, and Cedar Lodge in Wisconsin. As the White House housekeeper, Ella Riley helped the President and First Lady entertain heads of state, dignitaries and senators as well as many famous Americans of the time. Additionally, she was able to exercise her love of animals when, on many occassions, the Coolidges left their pets in her care. She apparently developed a particular fondness for the raccoon, Rebecca, and would later write about her story.

This collection contains the papers of Ellen "Ella" Agnes Riley, head of housekeeping at the White House, in the latter half of the Calvin Coolidge administration, between 1926 and 1929. Her papers include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks and diaries, as well as menus and account books, personal notes from the President and Mrs. Coolidge, and other memorabilia from her time in the White House. The papers also include correspondence with Mrs. Coolidge and others after the White House years and remembrances of the White House years written by Ella Riley later in her life. The papers are organized in five series including Ella Riley's White House career, post-White House correspondence (primarily with Grace Coolidge), stories and presentations written by Riley about her White House experiences, Riley family materials, and photographs.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/818013189

Size
1 linear ft

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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