Research Aids

Adams Timeline

Screenshot of Adams Family TimelineSpanning the years 1735 to 1889, the Adams Timeline is a searchable collections of important events and happenings in the lives of John and Abigail Adams and their immediate family.

 

 

Family tree

Screenshot of Adams Family TreeThe Adams Family Tree includes nine generations of John and Abigail Adams' ancestors and descendants, dating from 1590 to 1935.

 

 

 

Secondary Sources

This list includes some of the many titles available for additional reading on the Adams family.

Adams Resources at Other Institutions

Online content related to the Adams family is available at other institutions, including The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library and Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Mass.

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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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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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