Guide to the Ephraim Douglass Adams Papers SC0142

Finding aid prepared by Daniel Hartwig
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305
Repository email: speccollref@stanford.edu
2000

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Title: Ephraim Douglass Adams papers
Identifier/Call Number: SC0142
Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 7.25 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1730-1931
creator: Adams, Ephraim Douglass, 1865-1930.
creator: Adams, Ephraim Douglass,, 1865-1930.

Outline of Arrangement

Correspondence Boxes 1 - 2
Publications Boxes 3 - 7
Ford Controversy Boxes7 - 8
Miscellaneous Box 8
Administrative Records Box 9

Scope and Content Note

The E.D. Adams Papers, dating from 1730 to 1931 (1900-1931 bulk), include correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of some of Adams' writings, research materials, and a small amount of Stanford administrative records. The correspondence is arranged chronologically, but the letters for the years 1929 and 1930 are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
The Adams papers contain a substantial amount of correspondence concerning the Stanford History Department and the Hoover War Library. Adams' correspondence with Hoover touches on other university matters also, such as the tenure system and the Stanford Union.
The Adams papers also include correspondence pertaining to the establishment of the National Archives (J. Franklin Jameson).
E.D. Adams was collaborating with Charles Francis Adams, Jr., on The Life of Charles Francis Adams, Sr. at the time of C.F. Adams, Jr. 's death in 1915. When E.D. Adams used some of the research materials gathered for this biography in his work Great Britain and the American Civil War it led to a major controversy (here called the Ford Controversy) with Worthington C. Ford, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society. E.D. Adam's documentation of this dispute has been separated into its own series, the Ford Controversy.
Major correspondents include the following:
  • Charles Francis Adams, Jr.
  • Nina Almond
  • American Historical Association
  • Max Farrand
  • Worthington C. Ford
  • Herbert C. Hoover
  • Lou Henry Hoover
  • J. Franklin Jameson
  • H. Barrett Learned
  • Sir charles Lucas
  • Ralph Lutz
  • Edgar E. Robinson
  • Lady Agatha Russell
  • Ray Lyman Wilbur
  • Frederick Jackson Turner

General note

(Taken in part from Payson Treat's A Tribute to Friend and Scholar, Stanford Illustrated Review, 10/30)

Biographical Note

Ephraim Douglass Adams was born in Decorah, Iowa, on December 18, 1865. Adams attended Grinnell College and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1887, receiving a doctorate in 1890. He became principal of the high school in McGregor, Iowa, in 1887-88, and after his graduate work he served in Washington on the staff of the Eleventh Census, 1890-91. He then joined the history department of the University of Kansas, and eventually became professor of European History, resigning to accept an appointment at Stanford in 1902.
Professor Adams taught European history for his first six years at Stanford, but in 1908, with the reorganization of the department, he took over recent American history, and especially British-American relations. Adams also became head of the department in 1908 and served in that capacity until 1922.
Adams' published works include The Control of the Purse in the United States Government (1894), The Influence of Grenville on Pitt's Foreign Policy (1904), British Interests and Activities in Texas (1910), The Power of Ideals in American History (1913), Great Britain and the American Civil War (1925).
Adams was collaborating with Charles Francis Adams, Jr. on the Life of Charles Adams, Sr., at the time of Charles Francis Adams, Jr.'s death in 1915. When E.D. Adams used some of the research materials gathered for this biography in his work Great Britain and the American Civil War it led to a major controversy (here called the Ford Controvery) with Worthington C. Ford, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
When Herbert Hoover assumed the direction of the wide-reaching operation of Belgian relief, Adams called to his attention the importance of preserving all the significant records of his administration. From this correspondence arose the project a War Library. Professor Adams directed the acquisition of materials throughout Europe after the war; these papers formed the original collections in the new Hoover War Library (later renamed the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace).
Adams died of pneumonia on September 1, 1930.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Ephraim Douglass Adams Papers (SC0142). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Provenance

Gift of James D. Adams, 1975, 1981.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

Access Restrictions

None.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Adams, Charles Francis,, 1835-1915.
Adams, Elisabeth Douglass.
Adams, Ephraim Douglass,, 1865-1930.
Adams, Ephraim,, 1818-1907.
Almond, Nina.
American Historical Association..
Farrand, Max,, 1869-1945.
Fester, Ruth.
Ford, Worthington C.
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace..
Hoover, Herbert,, 1874-1964.
Hoover, Lou Henry,, 1874-1944.
Jameson, J. Franklin, ((John Franklin),), 1859-1937.
Learned, H. Barrett.
Lucas, Charles Prestwood,, Sir,, 1853-1931.
Lutz, Ralph Haswell,, 1886-1968.
Massachusetts Historical Society..
National Archives (U.S.).
Ritchey, Lawrence.
Robinson, Edgar E.
Russell, Agatha,, Lady.
Stanford University. Dept. of History. -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
Stanford University. Stanford Union.
Treat, Payson J. (Payson Jackson), 1879-1972
Turner, Frederick Jackson,, 1861-1932.
Wilbur, Ray L., (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949
College teachers--Tenure--California--Stanford.
Manuscripts (for publication).
Notes.

 

Correspondence 1900-1930

Box 1, Folder 1

1900-1907

Box 1, Folder 2

1908

Box 1, Folder 3

1909-1910

Box 1, Folder 4

1911

Box 1, Folder 5

Jan.-Oct. 1912

Box 1, Folder 6

Nov.-Dec. 1912

Box 1, Folder 7

1913

Box 1, Folder 8

Jan.-Sept. 1914

Box 1, Folder 9

Oct.-Dec. 1914

Box 1, Folder 10

Jan.-June 1915

Box 1, Folder 11

July-Dec. 1915

Box 1, Folder 12

1916

Box 1, Folder 13

1917

Box 1, Folder 14

1918-1920

Box 2, Folder 1

1921-1922

Box 2, Folder 2

1923

Box 2, Folder 3

1924

Box 2, Folder 4

1925

Box 2, Folder 5

1926

Box 2, Folder 6

1927-1928

Box 2, Folder 7

A-H 1929

Box 2, Folder 8

J-P 1929

Box 2, Folder 9

R-W 1929

Box 2, Folder 10

A-B 1930

Box 2, Folder 11

C-G 1930

Box 2, Folder 12

H 1930

Box 2, Folder 13

H-J 1930

Box 2, Folder 14

M-R 1930

Box 2, Folder 15

S-W 1930

Box 2, Folder 16

Undated

 

Publications

 

Our United States of America

Box 3, Folder 1

Outline of story,

Physical Description: manuscript and typescript
Box 3, Folder 2

Chapter 1,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 3

Chapter 2,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 4

Chapter 3,

Physical Description: typescript
Box 3, Folder 5

Chapter 4,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 6

Chapter 5,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 7

Chapter 6,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 8

Chapter 7,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 9

Chapter 8,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 10

Chapter 9,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 11

Chapter 10,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 12

Chapter 11,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 3, Folder 13

Chapter 12,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 1

Chapter 13,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 2

Chapter 14,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 3

Chapter 15,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 4

Chapter 16,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 5

Chapter 17,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 6

Chapter 18,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 7

Chapter 19,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 8

Chapter 20,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 9

Chapter 21,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 10

Chapter 22,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 11

Chapter 23,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 12

Chapter 24,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 13

Chapter 25,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 14

Chapter 26,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 4, Folder 15

Chapter 27,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 5, Folder 1

Chapter 28,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 5, Folder 2

Chapter 29,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 5, Folder 3

Chapter 30,

Physical Description: ms.
Box 5, Folder 4

Chapter 31,

Physical Description: ms. and typescript
Box 5, Folder 5

Teacher's Manual

Box 5, Folder 6

Teacher's Manual

Box 5, Folder 7

Teacher's Manual

Box 5, Folder 8

Notes, manual of illustrations

Box 5, Folder 9

Notes, manual of illustrations

 

Great Britain and the American Civil War

Box 5, Folder 10

Vol. I, galley

Box 5, Folder 11

Vol. II, galley

Box 5, Folder 12

Notes

Box 5, Folder 13

Illustrations

Box 5, Folder 14

Reviews

Box 6, Volume vol. 1

Part I,

Physical Description: typescript [bound]
Box 6, Volume vol. 2

Part II,

Physical Description: typescript [bound]
Box 6, Volume vol. 3

Part III,

Physical Description: typescript [bound]
 

Life of Charles Francis Adams

Box 7, Folder 1

Vol. I, editing notes

Box 7, Folder 2

Vol. II, chapters 1, 3

Box 7, Folder 3

Vol. II, chapters 7, 16, 17

Box 7, Folder 4

Vol. II, chapters 18, 19

Box 7, Folder 5

Vol. II, chapter 20

Box 7, Folder 6

Vol. II, chapter 21

Box 7, Folder 7

Vol. II, chapter 22

Box 7, Folder 8

Vol. II, chapter 23, 24

Box 7, Folder 9

Correspondence with Charles Francis Adams, Jan.-Mar. 1914

Box 7, Folder 10

Correspondence with Charles Francis Adams, Apr.-Jun. 1914

Box 7, Folder 11

Correspondence with Charles Francis Adams, Jul.-Dec. 1914

Box 7, Folder 12

Why We Are at War With Germany, c. 1917

 

Ford Controversy

Box 7, Folder 13

Correspondence with Learned and Jameson, 1925

Box 7, Folder 14

Material sent to Learned and Jameson from Adams

Box 7, Folder 15

Correspondence re the question of collaboration and pledge to Charles Francis Adams, c. 1913-1915

Box 7, Folder 16

Analysis of correspondence with Charles Francis Adams and Worthington C. Ford on The Life of Charles Francis Adams

Box 8, Folder 1

Research materials used for The Life of Charles Francis Adams held by E.D. Adams

Box 8, Folder 2

Lange's Biographical Notes used by Adams for The Life of Charles Francis Adams

 

Miscellaneous

Box 8, Folder 3

Bibliography of Adams' writings

Box 8, Folder 4

A Collection of Letters of Ephraim and Elisabeth Douglass Adams. Section 3. Edited by James Douglass Adams. Iowa Historical Society, 1979.

Box 8, Folder 5

A Collection of Letters of Ephraim and Elisabeth Douglass Adams. Section 4. Edited by James Douglass Adams. Iowa Historical Society, 1979.

Box 8, Folder 6

Hoover, Herbert. Recollections of Herbert Hoover by E.D. Adams

Box 8, Folder 7

Hoover, Herbert. Clippings

Box 8, Folder 8

Lewis, Mrs. John. Diary, [Adams' typescript transcription] 1730-1775

Box 8, Folder 9

Lecture on the Monroe Doctrine

Box 8, Folder 10

Patrick, M.R. Diary, 15 Oct. 1846 - 26 March 1848 [Adams' typescript transciption]

Box 8, Folder 11

Patrick, M.R. Diary, Jan. - 31 May 1862

Box 8, Folder 12

Patrick, M.R. Diary, June - 15 Sept. 1862

Box 8, Folder 13

Patrick, M.R. Diary, 15 Sept. - 25 Dec. 1862

Box 8, Folder 14

Patrick, M.R. Diary, 26 Dec. 1862 - 5 May 1863

Box 8, Folder 15

A Personal Reaction to the Great War, n.d.

Box 8, Folder 16

Notes, miscellaneous

Box 8, Folder 17

Notes, miscellaneous

Box 8, Folder 18

Reviews: - Autobiography of Charles Francis Adams, Jr.

 

Reviews - Rivalry of the United States and Great Britain over Latin America by J.F. Rippy

Box 8, Folder 19

Will, 1907

 

Administrative Records

Box 9, Folder 1

Faculty and Council Rules, Admissions requirements [also includes Adams' book list]

Box 9, Folder 2

Suggested Plan of Policy for the Reorganization and Development of Stanford University, 1909