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Adams Family papers

Call Number: Ms-90-21-TEMP

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Scope and Contents note

The inventory is divided into six series: 1) Family papers and genealogical background. 2) Papers of Randolph Greenfield Adams (1892-1951). 3) Papers of Helen Spiller Adams. 4) Papers of Thomas Randolph Adams (1921- ). 5) Papers of Richard Newbold Adams (1924- ). 6) Supplement


  • circa 1830-1981



Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection can only be seen by prior appointment. Some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested.

Conditions Governing Use note

Researchers are advised that express written permission to reproduce, quote, or otherwise publish any portion or extract from this collection must be obtained from the Brown University Library. Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it does not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.

Arrangement note

  • Series 1: Family papers and genealogical background
  • Series 2: Papers of Randolph Greenfield Adams (1892-1951)
  • Series 3: Papers of Helen Spiller Adams
  • Series 4: Papers of Thomas Randolph Adams
  • Series 5: Papers of Richard Newbold Adams
  • Series 6: Supplement


9.5 Linear Feet


Personal and professional papers (primarily correspondence, research notes, and speeches) of Randolph Greenfield Adams and Thomas Randolph Adams. Also includes some personal papers of Helen Spiller adams and Richard Newbold Adams; correspondence and other family papers from the eighteenth century onward; genealogical background; letters from Franklin Delano Roosevelt; friendship albums; and printed items, including clippings.

Biographical note

The Adams family descended from John Adams of England who emigrated to Maryland where he died in 1741. Randolph Greenfield Adams (1892-1951) was Director of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Helen Spiller Adams, had two sons: Thomas Randolph Adams (1921- ), Professor Emeritus of Bibliography at Brown University and former Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and Richard Newbold Adams (1924), a specialist in Latin American affairs.
Guide to the Adams Family papers ca. 1830-1981
Finding aid prepared by Staff.
2009 September 29
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Brown University Library Repository

John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Box A
Brown University
Providence RI 02912 U.S.A.
Tel: 401-863-3723