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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents Note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0471
    Creator: Coolidge family.
    Title: Coolidge Family papers
    Dates: Undated
    Physical Description: 2.75 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Gift of Dave Coolidge, 1993

    Information about Access


    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights are retained by the institution. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Coolidge Family Papers, SC 471, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical Note

    The Coolidge family papers were largely generated by five sisters: Agnes Elizabeth Brown, Zaidee Brown, Harriett Brown Coolidge, Ellen Coit Brown Elliott, and Louise Brown Nash; their brother Bolton Coit Brown is also represented in the papers. They were the children of Martha Coit Brown and the Rev. Edmund Woodward Brown of Burdett, New York.
    The family's affiliation with Stanford University began in 1891 with the appointment of Orrin Leslie Elliott, Ellen Brown's husband, as Secretary and Registrar, and Bolton C. Brown's appointment as art professor. Louise Brown moved out to assist her sister Ellen at home during that first year; she later married Herbert Nash, Stanford's first librarian. She was the artist for the Hopkins Seaside Laboratory from 1893 to 1897 and did scientific illustrations for many faculty members.
    Zaidee Brown was a member of the Stanford class of 1898, earning a degree in English. She was a professional librarian, serving in various positions around the country. Harriett Brown earned her bachelor's degree in English at Stanford in May of 1902; she married Herbert Coolidge, a Stanford student during the years 1899 to 1904, in 1904. She was for many years a leader and teacher at the Santa Barbara Truth Center. Agnes E. Brown, also known as Bessie, earned her bachelor's degree in English at Stanford in May of 1906. She was also a librarian.

    Scope and Contents Note

    The Coolidge family papers consist of correspondence, journals, writings, genealogy, art work, and photographs of the Brown and Coolidge families. In addition to family letters and photographs, the collection includes the religious writings and radio talks of Harriett Brown Coolidge, 1936-1944; and scientific illustrations and art work of Louise Nash and her "journal letters" written during sketching trips, 1920s and 1930s. Of note among the family papers is the Brown family "newspaper," titled "Our Talk" or "Brown's Household Bulletin." They include sketches by Bolton C. Brown and Lousie Brown and Ellen Brown's account of a reception for University President Andrew White at Cornell (1882). The photograph album includes images of Harriett Brown Coolidge and her children Ruth and Coit, Agnes E. Brown, Mary Roberts Smith who married Dane Coolidge, Zaidee Brown and other librarians at Washington State College and at Long Beach public library, the Santa Barbara Truth Center, and several images of Stanford University taken by Ellen Coit Elliott.

    Access Terms

    Brown family.
    Brown, Agnes Elizabeth.
    Brown, Bolton, 1864-1936.
    Brown, Edmund Woodward.
    Brown, Zaidee M., (Zaidee Mabel), 1875-1950.
    Coolidge, Harriett Brown.
    Coolidge, Mary Roberts,, 1860-1945.
    Cornell University. -- General subdivision--Presidents.;
    Elliott, Ellen Coit.
    Nash, Louise Brown.
    Santa Barbara Truth Center..
    Stanford University -- Form subdivision--Photographs.;
    White, Andrew Dickson,, 1832-1918.
    Families--History.--New York (State)
    Religious broadcasting--California.