ADAMS, ABIGAIL SMITH
--Adams Family Papers, Microfilm
Editions, 609 reels, Boston, also available through Library
of Congress, Manuscript Division; Index available: These
papers are extensive, running into thousands of pages.
Abigail Adams’ material is not isolated onto specific
Some reels have a concentration
of Abigail Adams’ material. Reel 97 has Abigail Adams’
letterbook, covering 18 November 1779-1 December 1779; Reel
197 has Abigail Adams’ miscellany diary, 20 June 1784-28
July 1784, and 30 March 1788- May 1788; Reel 198 has Abigail
Adams miscellany, including the manuscript of John T.
Kirkland's funeral sermon on Mrs. Adams, November, 1818.
There are four
published parts of the Adams Family Papers. The first part
includes diaries, the second part includes letterbooks, the
third part is miscellany, and the fourth part is letters
received, and other “loose” papers.
letters are in the fourth part, chronologically filed with the
other “loose” correspondence regarding various family
members. Reels 343 to 542 contains most of the documents about
the women of the family.
Within the third
part, Reels 197-198 are items concerning Abigail Adams.
In the first and
second parts, in Reels 1-179, in the diaries and letterbooks
of John Adams and John Quincy Adams is information on Abigail
Massachusetts Historical Society, there is also much material
of Abigail Adams’ which is not published or microfilmed.
--Cranch Family Papers,
1749-1928, ca. 700 items:
Correspondence, diaries, certificates of membership,
notices of meetings, reports, legal notes and briefs,
certificates of appointment, and notes of Abigail Adams’
sister Eliza Cranch and her family. Subjects include the
official activities and family affairs of John Adams;
letters from Abigail Adams to Eliza Cranch and others; and
letters, poems, and musical scores (1781-1837) of John
Quincy Adams. Unpublished
--The de Windt Manuscript Collection:
Letters from John Quincy Adams to his son George from
St. Petersburg, 1811-1813, on the subject of religion.
Also, letters from Abigail Adams to Abigail Adams
Smith, and William Stephens Smith.
--The Norton Diaries: Background material on Abigail Adams’ maternal forbearers.
--Smith-Carter Collection: Numerous letters from Abigail Adams to her uncle, Isaac
Smith, and cousin Isaac Smith, Jr.
31 items for the period from 1765 to 1818. Letters
from Abigail Adams to her cousin, William Smith of Boston
and niece Betsy Cranch. Available on microfilm, index.
--The Tudor Manuscripts: material on Abigail Adams
--Henry Oscar Houghton (1823-1895)
Papers, 1773-1932, ca. 3000 items:
Chiefly letters to publisher Houghton. Includes 2
letters (1773, 1811) of Abigail Adams.
The Houghton Library at Harvard University also holds
several letters from Abigail Adams to Mrs. Catherine
Johnson, mother of Louisa Catherine Adams.
--The Sparkes Manuscripts: Material on Abigail Adams.
--Abigail Adams Paper, 1808, 1
three-page letter from Abigail Adams to her daughter Abigail
Smith regarding family life and politics.
--Bella Clara Landauer Collection.
Ca. 1821-1943, 1 box and 1 oversize and folder:
Published and unpublished guides.
Correspondence, calling cards, bookplates, photos,
and other papers of various American women, including
material of Abigail Adams.
--Abigail Adams Papers,
1784-1816, 1 ms. box.:
Published guide and catalogue. Correspondence of
Abigail Adams to her sister Mary Cranch (1741-1811) and her
niece Lucy (Cranch) Greenleaf (1767-1846), begins with the
Abigail Adams’ voyage to Europe, and continues through the
Presidency to retirement in Quincy, MA, in 1801.
The letters contain comments on political topics,
observations on social and economic conditions, and
discussion of life in London, New York, Philadelphia, and
Washington, and include several hundred unpublished
correspondence, some especially relevant to Abigail Adams
Smith’s blighted romance with Royall Tyler.
--Stephen Peabody Papers, 1767-1814, 13 octavo vols.
and 1 folder: Published
and unpublished guides.
Diaries, notes, account book, and clippings of
Peabody (1741-1819), a minister of the First Congregational
Church of Atkinson, NH, and founder in 1787 of the Atkinson
diaries include descriptions of visits the Peabodys made
with former President John Adams and his wife Abigail
(Smith) Adams, who was Elizabeth Peabody’s sister.
--Florence Woolsey Hazzard Papers,
1 box: Author
and women’s rights advocate.
Annotated typescripts documenting the lives and
accomplishments of such women as Abigail Adams, Lucretia
Mott, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and
--Abigail Adams-John Thaxter Letters
items: A small
collection of letters written by Abigail Adams to John
Thaxter, a cousin, the law student of John Adams, tutor to
the Adams children, and John Adams's foreign secretary.
--Abigail Adams Papers, 1784-86,
5 items: Letters
of Abigail Adams.
--Adams Family Papers.
225 items: Correspondence, writings, and deeds of John Adams and other
family members. includes several letters, 1790-1815, to
Abigail Adams Published guide and inventory.
--William Smith Shaw Family Papers,
1636-1892, 1.6 ft.: Published
guide and inventory. Family
correspondence between Abigail Adams and Elizabeth Shaw
Peabody (1750-1815), her son William Smith Shaw, her
daughter Abigail Shaw, Mrs. John Barlow Felt (1790-1859) for
period between 1784 and 1818. Container 1.
--Thomas Jefferson Papers: 50 items for the period from 1785 to 1817:
Index. Correspondence between Abigail Adams and
Thomas Jefferson located in Series I.
A microfilm (65 reels) of this collection has been
published by the repository for ordinary reader use and
Microfilm, Index, 51 items:
Covering period from 1761 to 1816, included listings
for Abigail Adams as the subject in other letters.
--Davis Batchelder Papers: Container 1 has letter of Abigail Adams to unknown on 20 May
--James Monroe Papers, 2
letters: Container 19, James Monroe to Abigail Adams; draft
letter (Series I) 10 April 1813.
Abigail Adams to James Monroe; letter (Series I) 20
--Charles William Frederick Dumas
2 has letter of Abigail Adams to Charles William Frederick
Dumas on 12 August 1785.
--William Cranch Papers: Container 2, three letters from Abigail Adams to William
Cranch, 27 December 1799, 17 April 1800, and 30 April 1800.
--Adams Family Papers,
1775-1856, 0.4 cu. ft.:
Correspondence of the Adams family includes letters
of various family women, particularly Abigail Adams, on
social life and routine activities.
--General Collection: Collection concerns the history of New York City and includes
a letter from Abigail Adams, 1786.
--Bertha Overbury Collection,
guide. The collection, assembled by Bertha Overbury, consists of
correspondence and manuscripts of American feminists,
authors, political figures, social workers, and other women.
Those represented include Abigail Adams.
--Abigail Adams Papers,
1787-1815, 16 items. No
of Abigail Adams pertains to the activities of Congress in
1789, Shays’s Rebellion, and other political and family
matters. Also includes her letters to Cotton Tufts, a Boston
physician and legislator.
--John Adams Papers, 1795-1893.
No guide. Correspondence
of John Adams includes letters of Abigail Adams. The Adams
family letters have been edited by L. H. Butterfield, Adams
Family Archives (Cambridge:
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963).
Letter of H. Cushing, relative of Abigail Adams, to
Margaret Bowers, 29 January 1801 provides the first known
contemporary description of the new White House by a
--Florence Woolsey Hazzard Papers,
covering period 1819-1965, 1.4 cu.ft. and 2 microfilm reels:
Author and psychologist.
Correspondence, manuscripts of writings, notes,
bibliographies, printed matter, photos, and other papers,
dealing mainly with Mrs. Hazzard’s studies of eminent
American women. Includes miscellaneous personal and
professional papers of the Hazzard family. Women represented
include Abigail Adams. Includes an unpublished manuscript
“Woman Pioneers in Democracy,” which includes an essay
on Abigail Adams.
--Papers of Presidents and
Vice-Presidents of the United States, 1766-1924.
Letters and photos.
Includes all Presidents from Washington to Harding,
Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Also includes
Mary Lincoln and Abigail Adams.
--Simon Gratz Collection. Contains Abigail Adams’s letter of 3 April1813, to James
Monroe and several letters to Richard Rush of Philadelphia.
--Buchanan Robert Papers,
1761-1831, Philadelphia, 4 vols.:
Correspondence, journal, and receipt book of General
Daniel Robert (1727-95), a merchant and Revolutionary War
a poetry album for 1829-1831 of Mary E. Robert, which
contains a poem written by John Quincy Adams and one signed
by Abigail Adams.
--William Cranch (1769-1855) Papers,
ca. 1790-1855, ca. 300 items:
Correspondence, poems, documents, and personal and
political papers, some of which relate to the importation of
include Abigail Adams, Thomas B. Adams, Richard Cranch,
James Greenleaf, Josiah Quincy, and Isaac Rile &
--Cabell Gwathmey Collection,
1708-1852, ca. 170 items:
papers, illustrations, and portraits relating to
Revolutionary and early nineteenth century statesmen.
Persons named include Abigail Smith Adams, John
Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Louisa Catherine Adams.
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