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Guide to the Dane Coolidge papers, ca. 1889-1942
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Dane Coolidge Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1889-1942
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 82
    Creator: Coolidge, Dane, 1873-1940
    Extent: Number of containers: 19 boxes, 1 carton
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Mainly correspondence; manuscripts of his stories, articles and movie scenarios; clippings; some personal accounts; and notebooks.

    Included also are some papers of his wife, Mary Roberts Coolidge, consisting of correspondence, manuscripts of articles, memoranda books, clippings and reference materials pertaining mainly to her teaching career and women's suffrage.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dane Coolidge papers, BANC MSS C-H 82, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    Certain printed items were removed from the collection to be catalogued separately in the book catalog. These include pamphlets concerning criminal syndicalism in California, ca. 1925-1927; pamphlets on woman suffrage in California; publications of the American Civil Liberties Union, ca. 1925; publications of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, cat 1920-1925; material relating to the survey of Race Relations, a Canadian-American study of Orientals on the Pacific Coast, cat 1925; publications of the British Museum dealing with mammals from Western Mexico and lower California, 1897-1898; a group of Old South leaflets, published by the directors of the Old South Work, Old South Meeting-house, Boston, Massachusetts, relating to historical subjects (Coolidge's underlining and notes in the margins); and printed copies of poems of Earl A. Brininstool and Melville P. Anderson.
    • La Capponcina: en epistle to friends (1912) transferred to the book collections of The Bancroft Library, 1960.
    • Related photographs accessioned in the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library
      Identifier/Call Number: (BANC PIC 1905.17171
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.17172)

    Scope and Content

    The papers comprising the collection cover the period 1889 to 1942. They were the gift of Mrs. Coolidge, through Coit Coolidge, Mr. Coolidge's nephew, in 1945. They consist mainly of Mr. Coolidge's correspondence, including letters from his wife, friends, publishers, agents, university officials, writers, scientists, etc.; manuscripts of stories, articles and movie scenarios; notebooks; personal accounts; and clippings. Included also are some letters received and sent by Mrs. Coolidge, manuscripts of a few of her articles and clippings and reference material collected by her. Photographs and photographic plates and historic relics, including a miner's pan, received at the same time, are kept separately. For photos, see 1905, 17171-PIC. There are additional Coolidge papers at Mills College.


    Dane Coolidge was born in Natick, Massachusetts, on March 24, 1873. He was brought up in Riverside, California, and received his higher education at Stanford and Harvard Universities. From 1895 to 1900 he was a field collector of mammals, birds and reptiles in Nevada, Arizona and Southern California for a number of institutions, including Stanford University, the British Museum, U. S. National Zoological Park, and the U. S. National Museum in Italy and France. On July 30, 1906, he married Nary Roberts, and the couple eventually made their home in Berkeley, California. In 1910, his first novel, Hidden Water, was published, and this was followed by a long succession of novels and some non-fiction, with California and Southwest locales. He and his wife collaborated on two books, The Navajo Indians (1930) and The Last of the Seris (1939). In addition, Coolidge contributed short stories and illustrated articles to several magazines, including Youth's Companion, Sunset, Redbook, Harper's and Country Life in America. Mr. Coolidge died in 1940; Mrs. Coolidge, in 1945.