Adams, John (1735-1826)
2 boxes (1 partial)
This collection is stored at Firestone Library.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Collection Creator: De Coppet, Andre,
Extent: 2 boxes (1 partial)
Collection is open for research use. Researchers may be required to use surrogates of
collection items stored in special vault facilities.
John Adams served as an elected member of the First and Second Continental
Congresses, a U.S. diplomat, vice president under George Washington, and second
president of the United States (1797-1801). This series primarily consists of
select letters written by Adams from 1775 to 1816. Recipients include prominent
Americans such as John Jay (1745-1829), James Madison (1749-1812), Benjamin Rush
(1746-1813), and John Trumbull (1750-1831)—who received over a third of the
letters in this collection. Subject matter is nearly always political in nature
whether official government communication or personal correspondence. Also
included are three miscellaneous documents signed by Adams. The series is arranged
alphabetically by name of correspondent with the three miscellaneous documents
housed in Box 46 (oversize). Many of the letters have been published in
multi-volume series devoted to Adams. Two such sources were consulted in the
preparation of this finding aid:
HUP - Papers of John Adams, The Adams Papers Series
(Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1977-2006).
BLP - The Works of John Adams, Select Bibliographies Reprint
Series (1850-56; Reprinted Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press,
Letters in this collection that are published in either of these series contain a
bracketed notation in the item description including the above designated
abbreviations (by publisher), volume, and page number. Since Adams often wrote
multiple copies of his letters as well as kept a letter-book, multiple
institutions may own copies of the same letter. An asterisk (*) in the item
description designates the citing of this specific copy of the letter. RC
indicates the item is the original recipient’s copy.
Adams, John (1735-1826); 1775-1816; Andre De Coppet Collection, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.