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Overview of Adams Family Manuscripts

Information about the Adams Family Papers, the manuscript collection owned by the MHS that contains documents written, received, and saved by John and Abigail Adams and their descendants, as well as other collections at the MHS that contain papers relating to members of the Adams family.

Online Adams Catalog (OAC)

Catalog of three generations of Adams family correspondence, including manuscripts by or to the Adamses at the MHS and over 30,000 documents held by other institutions.

Microfilm guide to the Adams Family Papers

A guide to the 608-reel microfilm edition of the Adams Family Papers manuscript collection at the MHS.

Microfilm Set Locations

A list of the domestic and international institutions that own the 608-reel set of Adams Family Papers microfilm.

Upcoming Events

Author Talk; Online Event

Laid Waste! The Culture of Exploitation in Early America

5Jun 2:00PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE After humble beginnings as faltering British colonies, the United States acquired astonishing wealth and power as the result of modernization. Originating ...

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Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading

11Jun 5:30PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. ...

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The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

17Jun 5:30PM 2020
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REGISTER HERE Megan Kate Nelson reveals the fascinating history of the Civil War in the American West.Exploring the connections among the Civil War, the Indian wars, and ...

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This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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