John Adams Papers
Scope and Contents
This is an artificial collection that was created with letters from the Mellen Chamberlain, Americana, and English Civilization collections and contains 61 letters written by John Adams before he was President, primarily to Dr. Benjamin Rush. In addition, there are three letters written to Adams and 15 others either written about him or in which he is mentioned. In addition, there are 82 items that were removed from the inside of Adams's books (approximately 35 of those are notes written in Adams's hand) that make up the remainder of the collection.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.
Language of Materials
Arranged in four series:
Series 1 Letters written by John Adams
Series 2 Letters written to John Adams
Series 3 Letters written about John Adams
Series 4 Items removed from John Adams's books
Finding aid written by Dawn Bovasso in 2005.
This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.
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- Adams, John, 1735-1826
- Adams, John, 1735-1826 — Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States — History — Colonial Period, Ca. 1600-1775 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States — Politics and Government — 1775-1783 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- John Adams Papers
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- 2020-12: Related materials note updated by Eve C. Neiger, 2020 December.