Dane CoolidgeDane Coolidge (March 24, 1873 - August 8, 1940) was an American author, naturalist, and photographer. He wrote fiction, non-fiction, and articles featuring the American West. He wrote short stories for magazines and made illustrations. His book ''Rimrock Jones'' was adapted into the film ''Rimrock Jones''. The Smithsonian Museum has three of his photographs in its collection. He wrote several dozen novels and many tens of short stories.
Coolidge was born in Natick, Massachusetts, the son of Francis Coolidge and Sophia (née Whittemore) Coolidge. His father had a farm in Riverside, California. He grew up in Riverside and went to Stanford University and did postgraduate work at Harvard University.
Coolidge collected animal specimens for the British Museum, Stanford University, the U.S. National Zoological Park, New York Zoological Park, and the United States Natural History Museum. He was a charting member of the American Society of Mammalogists.
He was married to sociologist Mary Roberts Coolidge on July 30, 1906, in Berkeley. They wrote ''The Navajo Indians'' in 1930. They also studied and photographed the Seri people in the 1930s and wrote the book ''The Last of the Seris''. Coolidge died in his Berkeley home on August 8, 1940. Provided by Wikipedia