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Title: John Adams Papers, 1919-1987Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0377
Extent: 1.46 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1930-1979
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John Adams was born 22 July 1900 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  While attending college at the University of Michigan, John met and married his wife, Jane.  In 1925 the couple moved to Seattle where John had secured a position at the University of Washington.

While in Seattle John contracted tuberculosis, and so, in 1928 the couple moved to San Diego to help improve his health.  He soon accepted a position at San Diego State Teachers College teaching English Composition.  As part of his long career at San Diego State, Dr. Adams eventually became Chairman of Humanities, a post he held from 1956 to his retirement in 1968. 

Throughout his years at Michigan, Washington, and San Diego State, John Adams worked to publish articles, books, and book reviews, and built numerous collections with his wife, Jane, of postcards, cookbooks, books, and ephemera, etc.  Much of the correspondence generated in these pursuits is included in the collection.

After his retirement in 1968, John Adams became part-time university archivist for San Diego State College.  John and Jane donated generously to the university.  Their donations consisted of books, postcards, ephemera, and manuscripts.  One of the university's most noted academicians, Dr. Adams' name graces the Adams Humanities Building, which opened in 1977.  Both John and his wife were charter members of the Friends of the Library, with John serving as chairman of the group.

Author: Ellen E. Jarosz
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I. Publications, 1921-74

II. San Diego State College, 1931-1972

III. San Diego Union, 1931-1982

IV. Personal, 1926-1977

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Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: Copyright interests in some the materials found in this collection are owned by San Diego State University.  Some materials may be in the public domain.  Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder.  For further information, please consult the section on copyright in the rules for using the collections, or contact the United States Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 or
Acquisition Note: John Adams
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, John Adams Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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