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Overview of Adams Family Manuscripts

Information about the Adams Family Papers, the manuscript collection owned by the MHS that contains documents written, received, and saved by John and Abigail Adams and their descendants, as well as other collections at the MHS that contain papers relating to members of the Adams family.

Online Adams Catalog (OAC)

Catalog of three generations of Adams family correspondence, including manuscripts by or to the Adamses at the MHS and over 30,000 documents held by other institutions.

Microfilm guide to the Adams Family Papers

A guide to the 608-reel microfilm edition of the Adams Family Papers manuscript collection at the MHS.

Microfilm Set Locations

A list of the domestic and international institutions that own the 608-reel set of Adams Family Papers microfilm.

Upcoming Events

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The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

17May 5:30PM 2021
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It may be difficult to imagine that a consequential black electoral politics evolved in the United States before the Civil War, for as of 1860, the overwhelming majority ...

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Confronting Racial Injustice: The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School ...

19May 6:00PM 2021
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In the 1980s, Massachusetts embraced the War on Drugs, enacting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. It took decades to confront the reality ...

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Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism

26May 5:30PM 2021
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When we talk about patriotism in America, we tend to mean one form: the version captured in shared celebrations like the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. But ...

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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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