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John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection, 1851-1933 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection, 1851-1933Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1860-1890

Primary Creator: Adams Autograph Album Collection

Extent: 1.67 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by last name. Where possible, geographic location(s) have been noted, along with date span of entries. There are four albums at the end of the collection that lack the last names of their owners. There is one blank autograph book at the end of the collection.

Subjects: Adams, Jane Ford--Art collections, Adams, John R., 1900-1994--Art collections, Autograph albums, Autograph albums--Private collections--California--San Diego, Autograph albums--United States--Specimens

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of 30 late Victorian autograph albums.

The albums in this collection (except one) all belonged to young ladies. Some have only a few entries; the majority have many pages filled out. The albums belonged to girls in numerous locations across the United States. Some albums have entries from a discrete group of people ("Normal Institute Class"), though most are made up of a variety of friends and family. Often it is apparent that the owner later filled in details about the signer, such as "Died cholera, 1866" in Hattie Churchill's album.

Biographical Note

Autograph albums, also known as "charm" albums, "forget-me-not albums," or "memory books," were a popular pastime in America during the second half of the nineteenth century. These albums were small blank books that were sometimes decorated with attractive chromolithographs or engravings, or colored paper. Friends, acquaintances, school chums, and family would write brief sentimental verses (often original) or wishes of remembrance to the owner of the album. The inscriber would often sign with a flourish or draw or color a picture to make his or her entry unique and memorable. These albums were often also used to keep pressed flowers, locks of hair, bits of ephemera, and photographs.

Subject/Index Terms

Adams, Jane Ford--Art collections
Adams, John R., 1900-1994--Art collections
Autograph albums
Autograph albums--Private collections--California--San Diego
Autograph albums--United States--Specimens

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Some of these materials are in the public domain. However, the nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: John and Jane Adams

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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Folder 1: Estella Van Horn, 1884-1885: NebraskaAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Carrie Waters, 1882Add to your cart.
Ridott, IL
Folder 3: Carrie Waters, 1878-1883Add to your cart.
Ridott, IL
Folder 4: Anna, 1880-1881Add to your cart.
Indiana
Folder 5: Augusta (Gussie), 1885-1888Add to your cart.

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Folder 6: Mary, 1881-1884Add to your cart.
Brooklyn, NY
Folder 7: Mary, 1882-1903Add to your cart.
Brooklyn, NY
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