SITES AND SOURCES
The high recommendation of the institutions, authors, scholars and interpreter named below, as sources of further insight, is offered solely to encourage investigation into the life and character of President Coolidge. It should not be taken in any way to imply their approval of this website, its contents or of the theatrical presentation "Cal" - The Character, Wit and Wisdom of Calvin Coolidge.
The following listing is ridiculously short, considering all the information available about President Coolidge, but is sufficient enough to furnish a reasonable starting point. Simply searching the Internet under "Calvin Coolidge" will also provide enough sources to keep anyone busy for a long time.
The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 97 Plymouth Notch, Vermont 05056
This excellent organization is dedicated to the preservation of President Coolidge's legacy through research and education and provides a rich source of professionally developed information on the life of President Coolidge. Investigate their website by clicking below. Consider becoming a member of the Foundation, which will entitle you to receive, among other benefits, updated current information about President Coolidge.
Visit The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
President Calvin Coolidge State Historical Site
Plymouth Notch, Vermont
Located in a valley of unique New England beauty, the site operated by the State of Vermont is one of the finest and best preserved presidential sites in the nation. In the autumn, it is one of the most beautiful places in New England. The site includes the restored home where President Coolidge took his oath of office to become President, the general store operated by his father, (the Coolidge birthplace is located in the residence at the rear of the store), the cheese company once operated by the President's son John, a beautiful church and other buildings of interest. The site also contains a small, but excellent, museum reviewing the life of President Coolidge and a gift shop. The shop sells copies of President Coolidge's Autobiography. It is a wonderful place to visit and is an excellent starting point to learn more about the President. Site operated seasonally. Call ahead for hours of operation.
Visit Vermont Division of Historic Preservation,President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum at The Forbes Library
20 West St.,Northampton, Massachusetts
A stately city library housing one of the nation's largest repositories of information about President Coolidge. President Coolidge left his presidential papers to The Forbes Library. This is the only presidential library in a public library. The Library contains presidential papers, memorabilia and photographs; a must for those interested in the life of the president. Call ahead for hours.
Visit The Forbes Library
The Library of Congress
Contains voluminous sources of information about our Presidents. One particular source of interest is "The American Memory Collection". A search of this Collection will produce photos, copies of speeches, etc. One highly interesting item is a "vintage video" under the title of "Visitin 'Round at Coolidge Corners", which can be downloaded, showing Plymouth Notch, Coolidge pitching hay with neighbors, his father, Mrs.Coolidge and others. It is simple and charming. It is difficult to describe the feeling while viewing it that those producing it, or appearing in it, could ever have imagined its being able to be transported through phone lines or cable to anyplace on earth in an instant.
Visit The Library of Congress
The Vermont Historical Society
Contains many artifacts, documents and historical records relevant to the State of Vermont, including information on President Coolidge. The VHS is located at 109 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05609-0901, next to the State House.
Visit The Vermont Historical Society
Historic Northampton Museum
Bridge Street, Northampton
Housed in several buildings, this museum contains historical information and artifacts about the City of Northampton and about President Coolidge.
Visit Historic Northampton Museum
The Archives of Amherst University
Frost Library, Amherst, Massachusetts
Information and photographs relating to President Coolidge
Visit Amherst College - Frost Library
Archives John F. Kennedy Library
Boston,MA An outstanding place to visit containing information about President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.The Library also maintains a website entitled "Calvin Coolidge on the World Wide Web", listing various links to websites containing Coolidge information.
Visit The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Black River Academy Museum
High St., P.O.Box 73,Ludlow,VT
Coolidge graduated from the Academy. The museum contains a variety of historical information and exhibits including information on the President.
Visit The Black River Academy Museum
The Vincent Voice Library,Michigan State University
This outstanding site houses the voices of many famous people, including recordings of President Coolidge's speeches. Presidential recordings go back as far as President Benjamin Harrison, ironically the first President that Coolidge had ever seen.
Visit The Vincent Voice Library of Michigan State University - 20th Century US Presidents
The White House Presidential Website
Includes descriptions of all our Presidents and First Ladies,information on the White House, tours, events and traditions, Air Force One, Camp David and other information.
Visit The White House
C-Span American Presidents: Life Portraits
Excellent summaries of the lives of our Presidents, accompanied by a variety of other presidential resources.
Visit C-Span's American Presidents
Basic information about each of the Presidents of the United States
Visit POTUS (Presidents Of The United States)
The Infography is a useful source of information on a variety of topics.
"Presidential Campaign Songs"
Sung by Oscar Brand, this CD contains campaign songs for all our Presidents, including Mr. Brand's great rendition of Coolidge's: "Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge". The CD is both enjoyable and educational. Also includes a thirty six page booklet of interesting and informative notes. (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Collection: Coolidge Speeches
Inquire through The Forbes Library or The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
"The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge", and several of the other publications listed below, may be ordered directly from the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. We encourage you to order through the Foundation as proceeds from sales further their excellent efforts in preserving the memory of Calvin Coolidge and the principles he stood for. Other available publications may be obtained through your bookseller or librarian.
The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation may be reached by e-mail: email@example.com Phone: 802-672-3389 Mail: P.O. Box 97, Plymouth Notch VT 05056
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge (Available through The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation) Highly recommended as a first book on President Coolidge. Written in a subtle, unassuming and readable style, it has what one commentator called "a humility and simple charm rarely found in presidential autobiographies". While some have criticized it as unrevealing and brief, it provides outstanding insight into Coolidge's development, character and philosophy.
Coolidge, Amity Schlaes, HarperCollins, 2013
An outstanding book, which not only presents the life of President Coolidge, but also shows it in the context of his times. For those who think of Coolidge as a "do nothing president", any reasonable reader is likely to recognize not only the president's character, but his diligence in serving the country. The section on President Harding, while not glossing over his faults, provides insights that would lead one to re-evaluate his frequent tag as the nation's worst president.
Calvin Coolidge, The Man From Vermont, Claude Feuss, Little Brown and Company, 1940
The Presidency of Calvin Coolidge, Robert H. Ferrell, University of Kansas Press, 1998
Coolidge: An American Enigma, Robert Sobel, Regnery, 1998
The New England Journal of History "Calvin Coolidge: Examining the Evidence",Fall 1998 (Volume 55,#1) a record of a conference held at the John F. Kennedy Library on July 30,31,1998 containing excellent sources of further information about the President. The Journal is a publication of the New England History Teachers Association supported by the Departments of History at Bentley College, Waltham,MA and by Framingham State College, Framingham,MA. Home Office: NEHTA, History Department, Bentley College, Waltham,MA 02254-9984
The Quiet President, Donald McCoy, MacMillan, 1967 Your Son, Calvin Coolidge, Edward Lathem, Vermont Historical Society, 1968
The Provincial: Calvin Coolidge and His World, 1885-1895. Hendrik V. Booraem, Bucknell University Press, 1994
A Puritan in Babylon, William Allen White, MacMillan, 1938
The Quotable Calvin Coolidge, Compiled and Edited by Peter Hannaford, Images from the Past, Bennington, Vermont 2001
The Unique Inauguration of Calvin Coolidge, Vrest Orton, Academy Books, Rutland, 1970 Vermont (Available at The Vermont Country Store, Weston and Rockingham)
Forty-two Years in the White House, Irwin (Ike) Hoover, Houghton-Mifflin, 1934 -Hoover was the Chief Usher in the White House for decades and saw many presidents come and go. He was not particularly fond of Coolidge. He noted that Coolidge had some explosive moments of rage to match any president with whom he was familiar.
The Mind of the President, Bascom Slemp, Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1926 -Mr. Slemp was a secretary to President Coolidge.
As I Knew Them: Presidents and Politics from Grant to Coolidge, Harper and Brothers, 1927
Presidents and First Ladies, Mary Randolph, Appleton-Century, 1936 -Mrs. Randolph was the White House Social Secretary during the Coolidge's tenure in the White House.
Starling of the White House, Simon and Shuster, 1946 -Colonel Edmund Starling was head of the White House Secret Service and a frequent walking companion of President Coolidge.
The Real Calvin Coolidge -A series of publications in booklet form, published by The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, covering various areas of the life of Calvin Coolidge.)
"The Personal Files of President Coolidge" -A reference manual of surviving files donated by John Coolidge to The Forbes Library
Grace Coolidge and Her Era, Ishbel Ross, Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, 1988
Grace Coolidge: An Autobiography, Edited by Lawrence E. Wilkander and Robert Ferrell, The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, 1992
LYRICS TO "HAIL TO THE CHIEF"
This formal salute to the President of the United States has become a permanent part of presidential pomp and highest honor to our Chief Executive. While the basic melody is familiar to all, the lyrics are totally unfamiliar to most and rarely, if ever, sung. A review of them clearly demonstrates they were written in an earlier time. It has been added to this site not only because President Coolidge was hailed in this way, as many other Presidents have been, but because the lyrics provide an interesting historical curiosity:
"Hail To The Chief"
Hail to the Chief
We have chosen for the nation
Hail to the Chief
We salute him, one and all
Hail to the Chief
As we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great noble call.
Yours is the aim To make this grand country grander
This you will do
That's our strong firm belief
Hail to the one
We selected as Commander
Hail to the President
Hail to the Chief.
This website was developed by Lawrence J. Danks. Danks holds a BS in Business Administration from Seton Hall University and an MBA from the University of Missouri. He served on the full time business administration faculties of Atlantic Cape Community College and Stockton State College, where he developed and taught a credit, General Studies course "Evolution of the American Presidency" for eight semesters. He served as Campaign Manager for Joseph I. McCullough in 1976 for a seat in the US House of Representatives-1st Congressional District (NJ)
Danks has written seven books on real estate principles,real estate advertising,career and job hunting advice for college students, dating advice for women, kindness, and how to make the most of an unfinished life. He scripted "Cal" - The Character, Wit and Wisdom of Calvin Coolidge and has portrayed President Coolidge in a one man theatrical presentation reviewing his life. He is an Assistant Professor of Business at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, where he teaches Management and Business Law.