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Adams, John | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Adams, John

Historical Note:

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.

Note Author: Ellen E. Jarosz

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