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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Lady Adams Letters
    Dates (inclusive): 1929-1944
    Bulk dates: 1940-1942
    Collection Number: mssAdams letters
    Creator: Adams, Lady (Agnes Anne), 1869-1942, correspondent.
    Extent: Approximately 557 pieces, including newspaper clippings and photographs
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains letters addressed to Lady Agnes Anne Adams (1869-1942), wife of English education professor Sir John Adams (1857-1934). The letters deal chiefly with life in England during World War II. Written by her friends and family, the letters contain detailed, personal reactions of living in a war-torn country.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Lady Adams Letters, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Boxes 1-4, gift of Mrs. R. A. Milikan, June 29, 1946. Box 5, gift of Roderick Engert, 1993-2000.

    Biographical Note

    Lady Agnes Anne Adams, daughter of John Cook of Ashley and wife of Sir John Adams (1857-1934), a professor of education at the University of London in 1902-1922 and author of books on theory and psychology of education. After retiring in the late 1920s, Sir John came to the United States with Lady Adams, where he continued to teach and give lectures until his death in 1934. After his death, Lady Adams lived in Hollywood and helped organize the Los Angeles chapter of the English-Speaking Union. She communicated with friends and relatives in England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand during World War II until her death in 1942. She also wrote articles for a column in the London Daily Chronicle, as well as other publications.

    Scope and Content

    Letters addressed to Lady Adams deal chiefly with life in England during World War II. Written by her friends and family, the letters contain detailed, personal reactions of living in a war-torn country. Correspondents include John William Adamson and Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell. Boxes 1-4 contain 488 pieces dating from 1938 to the middle of 1942. Box 5 dates from 1911-1939 and consists of 60 items of correspondence between Sir John and Lady Adams and Cornelius Van Hemert Engert and his family.


    Arranged alphabetically by correspondent in Boxes 1-4, with additional Engert family correspondence in Box 5.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Adams, Lady (Agnes Anne), 1869-1942.
    Adamson, John William, 1857-1947 -- Correspondence.
    Cockerell, Theodore D. A. (Theodore Dru Alison), 1866-1948 -- Correspondence.
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, British.
    British Americans -- California -- Archives.
    Great Britain -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.


    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 20th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Adamson, John William, 1857-1947.
    Cockerell, Theodore D. A. (Theodore Dru Alison), 1866-1948.