- Descriptive List of Illustrations ix
- Acknowledgments xv
- Editorial Method and Apparatus xvi
- Introduction 1
- 1. The Earliest Diary of John Adams 1.
- 2. The Manuscript Described and Dated 4.
- 3. The History of the Manuscript Reconstructed 16.
- 4. Young John Adams 32.
- The Earliest Diary of John Adams, June 1753–April 1754, September 1758–January 1759
- Index 109
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016.