Adams Family papers, 1639-1899


Date: 1639-1899 | Size: 608 microfilm_reel(s)


From Massachusetts Historical Society. Papers of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, their wives, children, and others.


Arranged in four parts: I. Diaries. II. Letterbooks. III. Miscellany. IV. Letters Received and Other Loose Papers.

Collection Information

Physical description

608 microfilm reels.


Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society and accessioned, 1954 (1954 519mf). Reels 1-88, received 10/18/54; reels 89-179 received 10/15/55; reels 18-342 received 12/20/56; reels 343-399 received 5/21/58; reels 400-425 received 5/4/59; reels 426-466 received 5/5/59; and reels 467-608 received 1/25/60. For contents, see: Mass. Historical Soc. Microfilms of the Adams Papers. See in-house shelf list for additional accession dates and numbers.

Location of originals:

Originals in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Other finding aids

Published guides (Parts I-IV) available in the repository. Also, see Wendell D. Garrett, "Opportunities for Study: The Microfilm Edition of the Adams Papers," Dartmouth College Library Bulletin, n.s., 5 (1962): 26-33.

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms


  • Microfilm Collection

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States - History - Revolution - 1775-1783 - Personal narratives
  • United States - Politics and government


  • Authors.
  • Businessmen.
  • Diplomats.
  • Historians.
  • Lawyers.
  • Presidents.