George Matthew Adams Papers

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George Matthew Adams papers
Creator: Adams, George Matthew, 1878-1962
Call Number: D.47
Dates: 1899-1959
Physical Description: 1 box
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)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1 Sheldon's Modern School: Fourth Reader. (N.Y.,1885)
Box 1 Souvenir booklet: From Chicago "in root" to Treasure Island, February 7-18,1939
Collection Overview
Title: George Matthew Adams papers
Creator: Adams, George Matthew, 1878-1962
Call Number: D.47
Dates: 1899-1959
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
George Matthew Adams was born in in 1878 in Saline, Michigan. He was the son of George Matthew Adams, a Baptist minister, and Lydia (Havens) Adams. Adams was educated at Ottawa University where he earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1901 and where he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1940. He married Harriet Isabel Breese in 1905 and they had twin sons, George M. and Leland Bo Adams. Harriet Adams died in 1931 and in 1933, Adams remarried Mrs. Robert Scott Harner, a noted Philadelphia artist. Adams began his career as an elevator operator, afterwards he became a department manager for Mahin Advertising Company, and then an advertising writer for Swift and Company. In 1907, Adams created the George Matthew Adams News Service. This syndicate served over one hundred newspapers all over the world. Adams' own creation, "Today's Talk" was featured daily in newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. His books were collections of small essays, some taken from "Today's Talk." The titles include Up, Take It, Just Among Friends, and You Can. Adams was also a rare books collector. He gave a collection of Ambrose Bierce books to Dartmouth University and one of George Gissing to Yale. He was given the Freedom's Foundation award for "Outstanding achievement in bringing about better understanding between peoples." George Matthew Adams died in 1962.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence, printed material, photographs, memorabilia, writings about George Matthew Adams, and two books. The chief correspondents are Ray Stannnard Baker, Paul Jordan-Smith, Ben Hur Lampman, Rebecca McCann and Fred S. Mathias. The Baker-Adams correspondence is mainly about the two authors' mutual interest in books and an offer from Adams to Baker to do a daily column. Baker also wrote often to thank Adams for mentioning one of Baker's books in "Today's Talk." The Jordan-Smith correspondence to Adams concerns their sending each other books and mentioning each other in their respective columns. Adams offered a daily column to Lampman as well as Baker and wrote about Lampman's books in "Today's Talk." Their correspondence concerned mainly these two topics. Rebecca McCann had written her book the Cheerf'ul Cherub and was looking to Adams for legal advice in drawing up a contract for the publication of the book. The Mathias-Adams letters concern a mutual friend of theirs, Robert Hobart Davis.

Other correspondents include Bruce Barton, Henry Beston, Gelett Burgess, Edna Ferber, Hamlin Garland, George Ade, Kenneth Grahame, Edgar Guest, Haniel Long, Christopher Morley, Herbert Hoover and both Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Arrangement
The George Matthew Adams Papers maintain their original arrangement as compiled by the author.

Subject(s):
Adams, George Matthew, 1878-1962
Authors, American
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Rare Books and Special Collections staff. Finding aid written by Rare Books and Special Collections staff and rekeyed in 2013.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were the gift of Michael Papantonio, Seven Gables Bookshop, December, 1971.Access
The George Matthew Adams 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], George Matthew Adams papers, D.47, 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:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Finding aid publication date: 2013
Content List
Box 1, Folder 1-11Correspondence, 1899-1959, undated
Box 1, Folder 12Copies of column, "Today's talk"
Box 1, Folder 13Printed material, 1901-1942
Box 1, Folder 14Printed material, 1943-1958
Box 1, Folder 15Printed material, undated
Box 1, Folder 16-17Photographs, named, undated
Box 1, Folder 18Photographs, unnamed, undated
Box 1, Folder 19-20Miscellaneous, undated
Box 1, Folder 21Memorabilia
Box 1, Folder 22About Mr. Adams
Box 1Sheldon's Modern School: Fourth Reader. (N.Y.,1885)
Box 1Souvenir booklet: From Chicago "in root" to Treasure Island, February 7-18,1939


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