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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: John Quincy Adams Digital Diary

Read and search transcriptions covering his early legal and diplomatic career (1789–1801), later diplomatic career (1809–1817), his time as secretary of state (1817–1825), and his presidency (1825–1829) .

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

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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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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

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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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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 ...

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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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