President Calvin Coolidge is the last president not to have a modern, government-funded, presidential library. The thirtieth president would likely take pride in this fact. After all, in his autobiography, the president wrote that it was fortunate that former presidents were “not supported at public expense after leaving office.” But the time has come to give Coolidge a library–if not of bricks and mortar, then online. That is why the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation has launched a bold effort to build “30” a virtual library in time for the 2023 centennial of Coolidge’s inauguration.
Building a library, even of the digital variety, is a big endeavor and the Coolidge Foundation is thankful for all the supporters who have helped make this project possible! Support comes in a variety of different forms for a project such as this.
- Coolidge Scribes transcribe Coolidge’s numerous speeches and writings to get them ready for digital publication. Despite his nickname “Silent Cal”, President Coolidge had a lot to say, making Coolidge Scribes’ work all the more important.
- Library Donors provide the financial support to make this endeavor possible. Their gifts help bring presidential history to life and share Coolidge’s wisdom and timeless values with generations of Americans to come. The Coolidge Foundation seeks to raise $50,000 for this project by 2023.
- Partner Institutions help identify and share Coolidge writings and artifacts with the Coolidge Foundation for digital publication. Because President Coolidge doesn’t have a federally funded library, his collection is scatted across many collections and institutions. We thank all of our partner institutions, including the Forbes Library, for helping us consolidate and digitize their collections in order to make President Coolidge’s life and work more accessible for all.
Thank you to our library donors whose generosity makes the Coolidge Library Project possible. Support this project today!
Coolidge Librarian (>$500)
Coolidge Archivist ($499 – $100)
Seth & Olia Hopkins
Daniel Moulton & M. Barbara Joyce
James W. Ottaway
Coolidge Reader ($99 – $50)
Library Member (<$50)
Forbes Library, the public library for Northampton, Massachusetts, provides a wide range of information, materials and services to all of the people of Northampton and Massachusetts and houses the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. After graduating from Amherst College, Calvin Coolidge began a career in law and politics in Northampton, Massachusetts and after leaving the White House in 1929, he returned to Northampton where he lived for the rest of his life.
The Coolidge Library at Forbes houses a large collection of Coolidge writings and artifacts and is partnering with the Coolidge Foundation to bring the Forbes collection online. The Coolidge Foundation is especially grateful for the work and partnership of Julie Bartlett Nelson, who maintains the Coolidge collection at Forbes. Visit the Forbes Library’s website at: www.forbeslibrary.org
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation maintains and preserves the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, birthplace and childhood home of Calvin Coolidge. Open from May to October