Tim Kiser

Tim Kiser

Posted on 10/31/2012

Photo taken on September  5, 2012

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Microfilms upon microfilms of Calvin Coolidge papers!, happy halloween everybody.

Microfilms upon microfilms of Calvin Coolidge papers!, happy halloween everybody.
This is ca. 210 feet of 35mm microfilm on 190 reels, duplicating ca. 178,600 items stored in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, produced by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service in 1959.

Herein are "correspondence, drafted notes, carbon copies of outgoing letters from Coolidge or one of his secretaries (Edward Tracy Clark, C. Bascom Slemp, Everett Sanders, or others), comprising the office files maintained in the White House (1923-29). [T]hree volumes [list] names and addresses of invitees to formal functions."

According to the introduction to the index of the papers, Pres. Coolidge ordered that nearly all of his "personal" correspondence and paperwork -- i.e., those things which might be of use or interest to scholars or historians -- must be DESTROYED.

So these reels and reels of microfilms, "bulky as they are, reveal very little... . These thousands of letters are mostly those from private citizens along with carbon copies of routine replies. They include only a small quantity of correspondence with political or governmental figures." The collection of papers "is therefore of considerably less importance than its size or the career of its subject might suggest."

So what you're looking at here is a bunch of utterly worthless waste: Film reproductions of 178,600 pieces of trash!


At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on September 5th, 2012, in the 1st Floor North Stacks of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.


Library of Congress classification ideas:
E792 Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933—Archives.
Z265 Documents on microfilm—Pictorial works.
Z701.3.M53 Microfilms—Storage—Pictorial works.
Z733.U859 University of Michigan. Library—Pictorial works.
Z733.H254 Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library—Pictorial works.
F574.A6 Ann Arbor (Mich.)—Pictorial works.