Adam Clark Works Papers

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Adam Clark Works papers
Creator: Works, Adam Clark, 1834-1908
Call Number: A.W92
Dates: 1850-1928
Physical Description: 11 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Family correspondence, 1850-1918
Series II: Correspondence with friends, 1854-1908
Series III: Family diaries, 1854-1907
Adam Clark Works
Mrs. Elida I. (Van Sickle) Works
Mrs. Ellen (Mihill) Works
George Washington William Works
Ruth E. Works
Series IV: Family memorabilia, 1851-1928
Series V: Artifacts
Collection Overview
Title: Adam Clark Works papers
Creator: Works, Adam Clark, 1834-1908
Call Number: A.W92
Dates: 1850-1928
Physical Description: 11 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Adam Clark Works (1834-1908) was educated at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, Fort Edward, NY, and Union College, and he began teaching at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute on August 13, 1857. He taught mathematics until 1868 and natural science until June, 1872, at the Institute. He went to Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y., in September, 1872, as a teacher of natural science until his death, June 17, 1908.

Scope and Content
The Adam Clark Works Papers contain correspondence from his family and friends. Also included are diaries belonging to Adam Clark Works, his first wife, Mrs. Elida I. (Van Sickle) Works, his second wife, Mrs. Ellen (Mihill) Works, his daughter, Ruth Elida Works, and his brother, George Washington William Works. The collection also contains memorabilia, photographs and a china figurine, "Three O'Clock in the Morning." The bulk of his papers are from the 1860's. The family correspondence includes letters from his mother, Mrs. Julia (Coolidge) Works Crouch, his brothers, George Washington William Works, Robert Miller Works, Obadiah Works, his halfbrothers, James Chesterfield Crouch, Benjamin F. Crouch, and his uncle, George Griswold, who raised him after his father, George W. Works, died in 1839. The collection includes courtship and marriage letters, from both wives of Adam Clark Works. His first wife, Elida, died in 1869 after a prolonged illness. Her letters are filled with descriptive detail concerning methods of medical treatment at the Castile Water Cure Sanatorium in 1868. Adam Clark Works' in-laws, Mary and Henry C. C. Van Sickel (or Van Sickle), referred to as "Ma" and "Pa," and the Rev. Norris and Mellissa (Lamson) Mihill (or Mihills) carried on an extensive correspondence with him. The sisters of his second wife, Ellen, Mrs. Emma (Mihill) Marsh and Mrs. Caroline (Mihill) Lengfeld also wrote often. Adam Clark Works' correspondence also includes letters from many friends. Several were from former students and teaching acquaintances. The Rev. Herbert Franklin Fisk, President of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (1868-72) and Principal of the Preparatory School at Northwestern University wrote frequently. Another close friend that he corresponded with throughout his adult life was James M. Hodge, a professor of natural science at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, Fort Edward, N.Y. and later a partner in Ogelsby and Hodge, Plumbers, Gas & Steam Fitters of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also corresponded with Joel Dorman Steele (1836-1886), author of several scientific and historical books. Of special interest are the letters from Robert H. Skinner, which give a detailed account of the Civil War from his enlistment in the 77th Regiment, N.Y. Volunteers, Company D, from November 7, 1861 until his release on March 12, 1863. Lt. Skinner's letters describe his company's march to Washington, the camp conditions, Army supplies, military engagements, medical treatment of the wounded, and the attitude of the men toward the war.

The original organization of this collection included the following list of correspondence with indexed dates:

Inclusive Dates of Correspondence from Select Individuals:

Herbert Franklin Fisk: 1872-1880

James M. Hodge: 1860-1881, 1896, 1906

Robert H. Skinner: 1861-1863, 1871, 1883

Joel Dorman Steele: 1868-1869, 1878 (Indexed)

Joel Dorman Steele to Adam Clark Works: August 28, 1868

Joel Dorman Steele to Adam Clark Works: September 26, 1868

Joel Dorman Steele to Adam Clark Works: February 24, 1869

Joel Dorman Steele to Adam Clark Works: March 21, 1869

Joel Dorman Steele to Adam Clark Works: September 2, 1878

Arrangement
The collection is broken into five series:

Series I: Family correspondence, 1850-1918

Series II: Correspondence with friends, 1854-1908

Series III: Family diaries, 1854-1907

Series IV: Family memorabilia, 1851-1928

Series V: Artifacts

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Lima
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Correspondence
Diaries
Photographs
Works, Adam Clark, 1834-1908
Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (Lima, N.Y.)
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 77th (1861-1865)
Fort Edward Collegiate Institute
Castile Water Cure Sanitarium
Work family
Teachers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were given to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Miss Ruth L. Works in October 1969, June 1970 and January 1971. The addition of a diploma was received from Miss Works, December 9, 1980. The three photographs and Ingelow Public programfound in folder 22 of box 9 were donated June 12, 1981.Access
The Adam Clark Works papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Adam Clark Works papers, A.W92, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
The following items were removed from the collection and catalogued in the library catalogue system:

- Brochure for Lyons Musical Academy, Lyons, N.Y., June 16, 1868

- Circular for N.Y. Conference Seminary and Female Collegiate Institute., Charlotteville, N.Y. Calendar for 1860-1861, 1860-1861

- Calendar and catalog for course of study at Fort Edward Institute, Fort Edward, N.Y., 1859-1860

- A Rousing Water-Cure Song (Broadside), ca. 1863


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Series I: Family correspondence, 1850-1918
Box 11850-1866
Box 21867-1868
Box 31869-1873
Box 41874-1918, undated
Series II: Correspondence with friends, 1854-1908
Box 51854-1866
Box 61867-1870
Box 71871-1908, undated
Series III: Family diaries, 1854-1907
Adam Clark Works
Box 81854
Box 81855
Box 81863
Box 81864
Box 81864-1868
Box 81867
Box 81868
Box 81871
Box 81872
Box 81872 Trip journal - from Fort Edward., N.Y. to Ridge, N.Y., July 2-17, 1872
Mrs. Elida I. (Van Sickle) Works
Box 81867
Mrs. Ellen (Mihill) Works
Box 81864
Box 81866
Box 81870
Box 81873
Box 81874
Box 81876
Box 81878
Box 81879
Box 81881
Box 81907
George Washington William Works
Box 81848
Ruth E. Works
Box 81900
Series IV: Family memorabilia, 1851-1928
Box 9, Folder 1A. C. Works' account books, 1851, 1876
Box 9, Folder 2Calling cards, etc.
Box 9, Folder 3Compositions by Elida I. (Van Sickle) Works
Box 9, Folder 4Material on Cornell University
Box 9, Folder 5Material on Fort Edward Institute, Fort Edward, N.Y.
Box 9, Folder 6Material on Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima., N.Y., 1895, 1897
Box 9, Folder 7Insurance policies of A. C. Works
Box 9, Folder 8Invitations to A. C. Works' family
Box 9, Folder 9Letters of recommendation in behalf of A. C. Works
Box 9, Folder 10A. C. Works' private library books (2)
Box 9, Folder 11Memorial tributes regarding A. C. Works' death in 1908
Box 9, Folder 12Newspaper clippings
Box 9, Folder 13Norris Works' reminiscences of his father, December 10, 1928
Box 9, Folder 14Pictures of A. C. Works (13)
Box 9, Folder 15Pictures of the Works' family and their home (14)
Box 9, Folder 16Pictures of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y. (9)
Box 9, Folder 17Pictures of Lima, N.Y. (7)
Box 9, Folder 18Picture of Leah F. Mast, Fort Edward Institute, June 1864
Box 9, Folder 19Self appraisal outlines of A. C. Works' teaching performance
Box 9, Folder 20Strand of Nellie Grace Works' hair
Box 9, Folder 21Wedding announcements
Box 9, Folder 22Ellen M. Works, librarian in G.W.S. Library, 1912; Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, 1910; Chapel at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, 1912; program Ingelow Public at College Hall, Lima, NY, 1897
Series V: Artifacts
Box 10China figurine: "Three O'Clock in the Morning"
Box 11Roll: Lillian L. Long diploma from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, ca. 1898


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