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Adams Digital Collection

Abigail Adams letterImages and searchable transcriptions of the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, the diary of John Adams, and the autobiography of John Adams.

Adams Papers Digital Edition

Volumes from the Adams Papers Editorial ProjectDigital edition of the content of the previously printed documentary editions of The Adams Papers; includes full annotations, index, and a search tool.

Diaries of John Quincy Adams

JQA Diaries website logoImages of all the pages (over 14,000) within 51 volumes of John Quincy Adams's diary, ranging in date from 1779 to 1848.

NEW: JQA Diary Digital Project

Read and search transcriptions of the Secretary of State years, September 1817 to February 1821.

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Civil War Diaries of Charles Francis Adams

Charles Francis AdamsUnverified, searchable transcriptions of Charles Francis Adams’ Diary from 1 January 1861 to 30 April 1865

To locate additional online content related to the Adams family, such as the John Quincy Adams Twitter Project, Letters Behind the HBO Miniseries on John Adams, and Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams photographs, please use our Online Resources tool.

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In 1972, a group of African American parents sued city and state officials over segregation within the Boston Public Schools. After a trial, a federal court determined ...

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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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