Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Marie Adams papers
Collection Number: 78076
Creator: Adams, Marie, 1891-1976
5 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes
(3.8 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The collection includes materials relating to Santo Tomás Internment Camp and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during
World War II, in the form of correspondence, propaganda leaflets, printed matter, and memorabilia.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Marie Adams papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find
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Life without Lipstick by Marie Adams, Hoover Institution Library
Myrene Cassel papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Roger Mansell collection, Hoover Institution Archives
Ann Miller Depew papers, Hoover Institution Archives
William Henry Hastings papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Santo Tomás Internment Camp (Manila, Philippines) Internee Executive Committee issuances, Hoover Institution Archives
Santo Tomás Internment Camp, January 4, 1942-September 27, 1943: typescript, Hoover Institution Archives
Katherine Ream Sobeck papers, Hoover Institution Archives
||Born, Aberdeen, Washington
||Executive Secretary of Milwaukee-Downer College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
||Arrives in Manila, Philippines, to work as Field Director of Hospital Services for the American Red Cross
||Interned, Santo Tomás Internment Camp (STIC), Philippines
Life Without Lipstick
||Submits report to the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General on living conditions at STIC following the takeover by the Japanese
military authority in 1944
||Awarded Bronze Star Medal for service with sick and wounded while interned at STIC
Scope and Content of Collection
Having been sent to the Philippines by the American Red Cross in 1941 to work as Field Director for Hospital Services in Manila,
Marie Adams found herself among the thousands of American and Allied civilians to be held as prisoners of war at Santo Tomás
Internment Camp (STIC). As one of the head nurses at STIC, Adams witnessed first-hand the physical and psychological toll
of internment, with circumstances worsening in 1944 after the Japanese military assumed control of operations. The collection
is primarily comprised of materials from Adams' time as a prisoner of war and immediately following her release.
Of particular note in the
Philippines file is a set of meal tickets and a log of daily meals served at STIC from 1944 to 1945. These materials supplement newsletters
and announcements distributed at STIC around this period, providing insight into daily life at the camp. In addition, the
series includes printed matter about the Philippine front of World War II, in the form of newspapers, clippings, reports,
and studies on the destruction of Manila and the liberation of prisoners of war.
In her time at STIC, Adams wrote a number of poems reflecting on life in the camp, hunger, sickness, and the hope of liberation.
These poems were self-published under the title
Life Without Lipstick and distributed to friends and family as Christmas presents in 1945. Letters written in response to this book are included
Letters received series along with letters received by Adams at STIC and congratulatory letters received upon her return home, written by
family, close friends, and colleagues from different chapters of the American Red Cross.
The collection is organized into 3 series: Philippines file, Letters received, and Memorabilia
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Prisoners of war.
World War, 1939-1945--Philippines.
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons.
Philippines--History--Japanese occupation, 1942-1945.
Santo Tomas Interment Camp (Manila, Philippines).