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: 10 boxes; 1 roll
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
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1
Box 2
Box 3
Box 4
Box 5
Box 6
Box 7
Box 8
Box 9
Box 10
Collection Overview
Title: Adam Clark Works Papers
Creator: Works, Adam Clark, 1834-1908
Call Number: A.W92
Dates: 1850-1928
Physical Description: 10 boxes; 1 roll
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. 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 1860s. 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.

Scope and Content
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.

Subject(s):
Works, Adam Clark, 1834-1908
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 Rochester
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:
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Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1
Family Correspondence, 1850-1866
Box 2
Family Correspondence, 1867-1868
Box 3
Family Correspondence, 1869-1873
Box 4
Family Correspondence, 1874-1918, undated
Box 5
Friends' Correspondence, 1854-1866
Box 6
Friends' Correspondence, 1867-1870
Box 7
Friends' Correspondence, 1871-1908, undated
Box 8
Family Diaries
Folder Adam Clark Works
1854
1855
1863
1864
1864-1868
1867
1868
1871
1871
1872
1872 Trip Journal - From Fort Edward., N.Y. to Ridge, N.Y., July 2-17, 1872
Folder Mrs. Elida I. (Van Sickle) Works
1867
Folder Mrs. Ellen (Mihill) Works
1864
1866
1870
1873
1874
1876
1878
1879
1881
1907
Folder George Washington William Works
1848
Folder Ruth E. Works
1900
Box 9
Family Memorabilia
Folder
1. A. C. Works' Account Books, 1851, 1876
2. Calling cards, etc.
3. Compositions by Elida I. (Van Sickle) Works
4. Material on Cornell University
5. Material on Fort Edward Institute, Fort Edward, N.Y.
6. Material on Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima., N.Y., 1895, 1897
7. Insurance policies of A. C. Works
8. Invitations to A. C. Works' family
9. Letters of recommendation in behalf of A. C. Works
10. A. C. Works' Private Library Books (2)
11. Memorial tributes regarding A. C. Works' death in 1908
12. Newspaper clippings
13. Norris Works' reminiscences of his father, December 10, 1928
14. Pictures of A. C. Works (13)
15. Pictures of the Works' family and their home (14)
16. Pictures of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y. (9)
17. Pictures of Lima, N.Y. (7)
18. Picture of Leah F. Mast, Fort Edward Institute, June 1864
19. Self appraisal outlines of A. C. Works' teaching performance
20. Strand of Nellie Grace Works' hair
21. Wedding announcements
22. Ellen 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
Box 10
Miscellaneous Material
China Figurine: "Three O'Clock in the Morning"
Printed Material, Removed from the Collection and Cataloged:
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.
Calendar and catalog for course of study at Fort Edward Institute, Fort Edward, N.Y., 1859-1860.
A Rousing Water-Cure Song, ca. 1863. (Broadside)
Roll: Lillian L. Long diploma from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, ca. 1898
Inclusive Dates of Correspondence from Selective 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: 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


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