ANTHONY H. COPPOLA COLLECTION
Sometime in 2018, I discovered the Anthony H. Coppola Collection on the Simon Fairfield Public Library website. I knew Uncle Tony and Aunt Charlotte were town historians and great writers, but I had no idea how prolific they were until I took a look at this wonderful collection on the website.
The citizens of Douglas --- and those of us who live far away and remain connected to Douglas through our relatives --- are extremely fortunate that Perry, Beckett, and Lafe Coppola decided to donate to the Douglas Historical Society the many articles, newspaper clippings, photos, and documents that Uncle Tony and Aunt Charlotte created and collected over their lifetimes.
It was also fortunate the Douglas Historical Society and the Simon Fairfield Public Library received a grant to process the collection, to house it in the Douglas Historical Society Archive at the Library, and to post details on the Library's website. Rebecca Lavallee, Archivist and Historian at the Library, processed and organized the Anthony H. Coppola Collection, and Justin Snook, Director of the Library, has provided great leadership and vision.
During my days in Douglas, I spent time at the Library browsing through their archives and exploring the Anthony H. Coppola Collection. I had the pleasure to spend time with Rebecca, and could quickly see the care and love she gave to the collection. Rebecca was also immensely helpful to me answering many questions and providing valuable insights about Douglas.
The Anthony H. Coppola Collection is a treasure that will live as a viable and valuable family history resource for many years. I hope you will be able to visit the Simon Fairfield Public Library and see it.
Anthony H. Coppola
[photo courtesy of Trish Coppola]
Binders that comprise part of the
Anthony H. Coppola Collection.
"They Raced Horses on Main Street"
Anthony H. Coppola
Last Revised: June 22, 2020