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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.

Follow JQA's line-a-day diary entries on Twitter.

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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History of Women and Gender Seminar

Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

18Dec 5:30PM 2018
Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

This panel aims to begin an interdisciplinary conversation in transgender history. What is the state of the field of transgender studies in history, archiving, and public ...

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The History and Collections of the MHS

22Dec 10:00AM 2018

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

Early American History Seminar

The Consecration of Samuel Seabury and the Crisis of Atlantic Episcopacy, 1782-1807

8Jan 5:15PM 2019

Samuel Seabury’s consecration in 1784 signaled a transformation in the organization of American Protestantism. After more than a century of resistance to the office ...

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This Week @MHS

It is our last week of programming at the MHS for 2018. Join us for a seminar, a Saturday tour, or stop by to see our current exhibition. - Tuesday, 18 December, 5:30 PM: Transgender History ...

“On the Borders of Nonsense”: John Quincy Adams, Poet

It was a rainy day in May 1839 and John Quincy Adams, stuck inside, was amusing himself writing poetry. He was trying to imitate the Roman poet Horace, and outdo the English poet Alexander Pope. ...

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