DANE COOLIDGE AUTOGRAPH


Dane Coolidge was born in 1873 – died in 1940. Dane Coolidge was a naturalist and writer of western novels, the son of Francis and Sophia (Whittemore) Coolidge, was born in Natick, Massachusetts, on March 24, 1873.  He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1898 and studied at Harvard University in 1898-99. During the summers Coolidge collected animals for Stanford University, the British Museum, the United States Biological Survey, the United States National Zoological Park, and the New York Zoological Park. In 1900 he worked as a field collector for the United States Natural History Museum.  He spent a good deal of time in mining towns, on Indian reservations, on round-ups, and with Texas Rangersqv on the Rio Grande, collecting material for stories. He wrote some forty novels of Western life and was considered an expert on Indian and cowboy lore. His novels with a Southwest or Texas setting include The Texican (1911), The Law West of the Pecos (1924), Lorenzo the Magnificent: The Riders from Texas (1925), Jess Roundtree, Texas Ranger (1933), and Ranger Two-Rifles (1937). Coolidge also contributed about a hundred short stories to such magazines as Harper’s Weekly, Leslie’s Weekly, Red Book, and Sunset. His nonfiction works, many illustrated with his own photographs, included Fighting Men of the West (1932), Texas Cowboys (1937), Death Valley Prospectors (1937), Arizona Cowboys (1938), Old California Cowboys (1939), The Navajo Indian (1930), Navajo Rugs (1933), and The Last of the Seris (1939), the last three written with his wife. Coolidge married Mary Elizabeth Burroughs (Roberts) Smith, a sociologist, on July 30, 1906, in Berkeley, California. He was a Unitarian and belonged to the American Society of Mammalogists, the Authors League of America, and the California Writers Club. Coolidge died in Berkeley on August 8, 1940. His wife survived him. Original Dane Coolidge Autograph, hand signed on cut paper. Approx. size of paper 3 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches. Dane Coolidge has provided his autograph – signed both with his right & left hand. Regular Price – $ 135.00 / Sale Price – $ 74.95.

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