Coolidge Footage

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections for this generous contribution to the digital library.


Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge Plants Trees for Arbor Day: Coolidge, with the help of Grace, plants a tree on the Massachusetts State House grounds to celebrate Arbor Day. Filmed in April, 1920.


Coolidge’s Christmas: Vice President Coolidge, his wife Grace, and their young sons hoist an American flag. Filmed in the winter of 1921.


Dedication of Government Hospital: Vice President Calvin Coolidge dedicates a new government hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. Filmed in February, 1923.


Coolidges at the White House: The Coolidge family poses for photos at the White House. Filmed in September, 1923.


New Year’s Day Reception at the White House: President Calvin Coolidge welcomes foreign diplomats, U. S. officials, military officers, and the general public during a New Year’s Day reception. Filmed in January, 1924.


President Coolidge’s Father Observes 80th Birthday: Col. John Coolidge greets guests in front of the Plymouth homestead, chops wood, and displays a family photo album. Filmed in the spring of 1925.


The Coolidges at the Old Homestead: Crowds gather at the homestead to catch a glimpse of the President. Calvin Coolidge, his wife Grace, and his father Col. John Coolidge walk to Union Church. Filmed in August, 1925.


The Coolidges Visit the Old Homestead: Col. John Coolidge picks flowers in bloom, crowds gather as an automobile arrives, the Coolidges pose for photos, and the President’s aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Wilder, sit on their front porch. President Coolidge reads the newspaper. There are landscape shots of his beloved boyhood home. Filmed in August, 1925.


Coolidge Family: Coolidge’s maternal uncle, John Wilder, plays the fiddle and takes cows out to the pasture. Coolidge, Grace, John, and their two white collies walk the White House grounds. Filmed in December, 1925.


President Coolidge Signs Revenue Act of 1926: Coolidge signs the Revenue Act of 1926 in the White House, and men pose for photos outside the building. Filmed in February, 1926.


White House Easter Egg Hunt: Crowds gather in front of the White House, even climbing trees. Excited children display their findings. Grace Coolidge carries out one of the white collies, later the President and his son John make an appearance. Filmed in April, 1926.


President Calvin and Mrs. Coolidge Visit Veterans: President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge greet wounded war veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Includes an appearance by U.S. Army Chief of Staff Major General John L. Hines. Filmed in May, 1926.


Orphan Asylum Cottage Groundbreaking: Surrounded by children, First Lady Grace Coolidge breaks ground for a new orphan asylum and hands out flowers to the children. Filmed in June, 1926.


President Coolidge Awards Medals: President Calvin Coolidge awards medals of merit to the best teachers and students of the forty eight states. The group gathers to pose for photos. Filmed in June, 1926.


Mrs. Grace Coolidge Visits Marine Camp: The First Lady inspects the Marine Corps camp in the Adirondacks. Filmed in July, 1926.


Memorial Day Address at Arlington Cemetery: Crowds gather in Arlington Cemetery to watch President Coolidge deliver an address on Memorial Day. Coolidge lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by Mrs. Coolidge, who lays a flower. Filmed in May, 1927.


President Coolidge Visits Mount Rushmore Site: Coolidge winds a camera. Men work on the monument. President Coolidge arrives on horseback to deliver his address and receives assistance putting on spurs. He delivers his speech from notes, and then rides through the woods with his entourage. Filmed in August, 1927.


Armistice Day Observed: President Coolidge lays a wreath and Mrs. Coolidge lays a white rose on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by Armistice Day ceremony. Filmed in November, 1927.


President Calvin Coolidge Arrives in Cuba: Crowds cheer as Coolidge’s motorcade drives down the streets of Havana, Cuba. Filmed in January, 1928.


The Coolidges Vote in Northampton: President and Mrs. Coolidge arrive in Northampton, Massachusetts to vote. Filmed in November, 1928.


Armistice (Veterans Day) Ceremonies: Sound on! The Coolidges arrive to place a wreath and rose on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A man prays and the group sings “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” An army bugler plays Taps. Filmed in November, 1928.


The Coolidges Say Goodbye to Washington, D.C.: Former President Coolidge and his wife Grace wave goodbye to the nation’s capital from a train. Filmed in March, 1929.


The Coolidges Visit Clarke School for the Deaf: Sound on! Former President Coolidge rests on the steps of Clarke School for the Deaf as trustees exit the building. Grace Coolidge laughs, hugs a child, and converses with Miss Caroline Yale, a former principal of the school, who gives an acceptance speech as Grace presents her with a gift of $2 million. Filmed in March, 1929.


The Coolidges Visit California: Sound on! The Coolidges watch a film being made on a studio set. Coolidge is introduced and gives short remarks on the grounds of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer studio in Culver City, California. A group watches a motion picture being filmed and meet stars Ramon Novarro and Dorothy Jordan. Filmed in February, 1930.


President Calvin Coolidge Talks to Old Pals: Sound on! Coolidge delivers a speech at an Amherst College alumni reunion at his alma mater. Filmed in June, 1930.


“We Introduce Doctor Grace Coolidge:” Sound on! The former First Lady receives an honorary law degree from Vermont University, her alma mater. Filmed in June, 1930.


 

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