Scope and Contents Note
Title: Coolidge Family papers
Identifier/Call Number: SC0471
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
2.75 Linear feet
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.
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.
[Identification of item], Coolidge Family Papers, SC 471, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.
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.
Gift of Dave Coolidge, 1993
Subjects and Indexing Terms
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)