Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

William Adams papers, 1830 -- 1909

Series 1: Memorial books, 1830 -- 1909

This series is open for research.

2.25 linear feet; 2.25 linear feet; 5 boxes

This series contains bound "In Memoriam" books. There is a four volume set, followed by three other books for a total of seven books. Volume one contains family notices, sermons and addresses, tributes to Dr. Adams, notes on his resignation from the pastorate, his last illness, the death of Dr. Adams, and obituary notices. The topics are covered by newspaper clippings, typescripts, and published pamphlets. Volume two contains correspondence to members of Adams' family and other individuals, congratulatory letters on the Bishop Potter controversy, pastoral letters and letters to the senior class of UTS in 1880, and an account of a visit to the Czar and the Evangelical Alliance abroad. The letters are typed copies which also contain pasted newspaper clippings. Volume three contains sermons, addresses, correspondence, minutes, and further obituary and death information for William Adams. The materials are typed copies and also contain pasted newspaper clippings. The end of the book contains original material including a diploma from Andover Seminary dated 1830. Volume four contains typed copies of letters to Adams's first wife, Susan, from 1830, and to his second wife, Martha, 1834-1835. The final letter is one from Martha to her husband dated 1880. Untitled volumes 1-2 were created to memorialize Dr. Adams after his death; however the publication of the books never came to fruition. His daughter Mary E. Brown made two typed copies of these books. One pertained to William Adams' time as President of Union from 1873-1880, and contains a series of letters and testimonials on Dr. Adams's work at the seminary, with reminiscences of the faculty as well as the students after Adams' death. Thomas Hastings, Charles Cuthbert Hall, Charles Briggs, Francis Brown and Charles Gillett are just a few of the people who reminisced about Adams in the book dated 1893-1909. There are two copies of this volume. The final volume contains newspaper clippings and whole newspapers, sermons, pamphlets, typescripts, and obituaries for William Adams.

This series is arranged in numerical order by volume.

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Box Series 1 Box 1 Volume 1, 1850 -- 1906

Box Series 1 Box 1 Volume 2, 1858 -- 1880

Box Series 1 Box 2 Volume 3, 1830 -- 1908

Box Series 1 Box 2 Volume 4, 1830 -- 1835

Box Series 1 Box 3 Box Series 1 Box 4 [Untitled volumes], 1893-1909

Box Series 1 Box 5 [Untitled volumes], 1858-1880