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Sources for Further Reading

Published Works

Abney, William de Wiveleslie. A Treatise on Photography. London: Longmans, 1878.

Adams, Henry. The Education of Henry Adams: A Centennial Version. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society; Charlottesville: Distributed by the University of Virginia Press, 2007.

Dykstra, Natalie. Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Dykstra, Natalie. "Letters Shed New Light on Henry Adams." The Beehive: Official Blog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 23 November 2010. 

"The Education of Henry Adams: One Hundred Years Later." Massachusetts Historical Society: Object of the Month. February 2007.

Friedrich, Otto. Clover. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979.

Kaledin, Eugenia. The Education of Mrs. Henry Adams. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1981.

"New Henry Adams' Letters Uncovered: Offer Rare Personal View of Wife's Tragic Suicide." MHS for the Media. November 2010.

P., W. H. [Pickering, William Henry?] "Hydrokinone." Science: An Illustrated Journal Vol: II, Number 34. 28 September 1883: 445.

Saltz, Laura. "Clover Adams's Dark Room: Photography and Writing, Exposure and Erasure." Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies v. 24. October 1999: 449-490.

Samuels, Ernest. Henry Adams: The Major Phase. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964.

Samuels, Ernest. Henry Adams: The Middle Years. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958.

Samuels, Ernest. The Young Henry Adams. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1948.

Thoron, Ward (ed.). The Letters of Mrs. Henry Adams. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1936.

Archival Collections

Adams, Henry. Henry Adams Photographs, 1866-ca.1900. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Adams, Marian Hooper. Marian Hooper Adams Photographs, ca. 1846-1885. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Adams-Thoron papers, 1844-1992; bulk: 1858-1966. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Henry Adams letters to Anne (Palmer) Fell, 1884-1890. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Homans collection, 1816-1918; bulk: 1869-1911. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Hooper-Adams papers, 1870-1967; bulk: 1870-1885. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Exhibition: 9 February - 2 June 2012

This exhibition features photographs taken by Clover Adams, along with her letters, the notebook she used to record the technical aspects of her photographs, Henry's letters, and other family materials. A Gilded & Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams, 1883-1885 is on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. 

From the Exhibition...

Is it any consolation to remember her as she was? that bright intrepid spirit, that keen fine intellect, that lofty scorn of all that was mean, that social charm which made your house such a one as Washington never knew before, and made hundreds of people love her as much as they admired her.
— John Hay to Henry Adams, 9 December 1885