Harold J. Coolidge, Jr. Interview, June 27, 1978


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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Harold Coolidge describes growing up in Boston, Massachusetts, then discusses his time spent as the executive director of the Pacific Science Board with the National Academy of Science. He details his Indochina, African, Asiatic primate expeditions before sharing his opinion on the Boone and Crockett Club’s records program, conservation efforts, and reasons why the Club should be involved in international conservation programs. Coolidge recalls joining the Club in 1928 and discusses some of its well-known members including Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Kermit Roosevelt, DeForest Grant, Francis T. Colby, and Redmond Cross as well as many others. He talks about the International Commission on National Parks and his involvement in the Survival Service Commission, the World Heritage Trust, and the 1933 London Convention. He recalls numerous awards he has received for conservation efforts, elaborates on the role of hunters in conservation, and discusses how new conservation organizations largely condemn hunting.


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Document Type

Oral History


Boone and Crockett Club; Wildlife conservation; Conservation efforts; Roosevelt family; DeForest Grant; Francis T. Colby; Redmond Cross; Pacific Science Board; National Academy of Science; International Commission on National Parks; Survival Service Commission; World Heritage Trust; 1933 London Convention; American Committee; Office of International Conservation, U.S. State Department; Primate expeditions

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Boone and Crockett Club Oral History Project, OH 297, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 297-016, 017, 018, 019

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (49 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

03:36:12 minutes

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OH_297_016_017_018_019.mp3; OH_297_016_017_018_019.pdf

Harold J. Coolidge, Jr. Interview, June 27, 1978