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James Truslow Adams letter

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0217

Scope and Contents

The typescript letter which forms this collection is dated September 7, 1933 and signed by James Truslow Adams. The letter addresses Mrs. Helen G. Williams who had apparently invited Adams to a meeting to be held October 1933. In the letter, Adams declines the invitation citing his work schedule and a forthcoming holiday. Adams notes that he has published seven volumes in four years and his wife and doctors have insisted he take a planned rest.

Adams concludes the letter by telling Mrs. Williams that he finds her "cause" appealing and that he believes in the work she is doing. The identity and work of Mrs. Williams are unknown.


  • Creation: 1933 September 7


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This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

James Truslow Adams, historian and writer, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1878. He was educated at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and Yale University. After a brief business career, he devoted himself to study and writing. He wrote several volumes on American history including The Adams Family (1930), Henry Adams (1933), and The Living Jefferson (1936). He was a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Dictionary of American Biography. Adams died in 1949.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 letter)

Language of Materials



James Truslow Adams (1878-1949) was a historian and writer. The typescript letter which forms this collection is dated September 7, 1933 and addresses Mrs. Helen G. Williams.

Custodial History

The letter was originally part of Miscellaneous Collection (MS.0034).


The letter was found in The Adams Family by James Truslow Adams, a volume in the collection of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Related Materials

Additional correspondence of James Truslow Adams can be found in the Isaiah Bowman Collection (MS.0058) in Special Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in May 1989.

James Truslow Adams letter
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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