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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

Online Event; Author Talk

The Power of Objects in 18th-Century British America

30Nov 5:30PM 2020
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Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and array of goods. Prof. Jennifer Van Horn investigates these diverse ...

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar; Online Event

Caribbean Connections – Panel Discussion

1Dec 5:15PM 2020
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This panel brings together the work of two historians investigating the Caribbean. Casey Schmitt’s paper explores the intersection of warfare and human trafficking ...

African American History Seminar; Online Event

Emancipation In America, Seen Through One Man's Dreadlocks

3Dec 5:15PM 2020
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1864. A ship leaves its New England port carrying a USCT regiment to fight Confederates on the Louisiana front. But on the way, a showdown takes place when Pvt. John ...

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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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