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Guide to the John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection
    Dates: 1851-1933
    Bulk Dates: 1860-1890
    Identification: MS-0056
    Creator: Adams Autograph Album Collection
    Physical Description: 1.67 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Historical Note:

    Autograph albums, also known as "charm" albums, "forget-me-not albums," or "memory books," were a popular pastime in America during the second half of the nineteenth century. These albums were small blank books that were sometimes decorated with attractive chromolithographs or engravings, or colored paper. Friends, acquaintances, school chums, and family would write brief sentimental verses (often original) or wishes of remembrance to the owner of the album. The inscriber would often sign with a flourish or draw or color a picture to make his or her entry unique and memorable. These albums were often also used to keep pressed flowers, locks of hair, bits of ephemera, and photographs.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Personal Name:

    Adams, Jane Ford -- Art collections
    Adams, John R., 1900-1994 -- Art collections

    Topical Term:

    Autograph albums
    Autograph albums -- Private collections -- California -- San Diego
    Autograph albums -- United States -- Specimens

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Some of these materials are in the public domain. However, the nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by last name. Where possible, geographic location(s) have been noted, along with date span of entries. There are four albums at the end of the collection that lack the last names of their owners. There is one blank autograph book at the end of the collection.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of 30 late Victorian autograph albums.
    The albums in this collection (except one) all belonged to young ladies. Some have only a few entries; the majority have many pages filled out. The albums belonged to girls in numerous locations across the United States. Some albums have entries from a discrete group of people ("Normal Institute Class"), though most are made up of a variety of friends and family. Often it is apparent that the owner later filled in details about the signer, such as "Died cholera, 1866" in Hattie Churchill's album.