Guide to the John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection

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Guide to the John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection 1851/1933

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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
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.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

William H. Adams, 1883-1884: Onondaga, NY

Box 1, Folder 2

Mary Alderson, 1881-1881, Okaland, CA and Philadelphia, PA

Box 1, Folder 3

Ella Baker 1885-1886: Boyne City, MI

Box 1, Folder 4

Bonnie Blanche Bower 1930-1934: San Diego, CA

Box 1, Folder 5

Alfred Butler 1867: Lexington, MA

Box 1, Folder 6

Minnie Campbell 1878-1879: Wisconsin

Box 1, Folder 7

Hattie C. Churchill 1860-1872: Woodbury, CT

Box 1, Folder 8

Ann Crane 1851: Crawfordsville, IN

Box 2, Folder 1

Mary Cullen 1884: Grand Haven, MI

Box 2, Folder 2

Mary Devereux 1854: Flint Creek, NJ

Box 2, Folder 3

Era Eastman 1887-1889: Massachussetts

Box 2, Folder 4

Maria Evans 1859-1864: Leavenworth, KS

Box 2, Folder 5

Emma Gardner 1880-1883: Nebraska

Box 2, Folder 6

Frances Hill 1853: Iowa

Box 2, Folder 7

Isobel Heath 1933

Box 3, Folder 1

Ione Hitchcock 1887-1888: North Adams, MI

Box 3, Folder 2

Mary Kahlert 1880-1887: East New York, NY

Box 3, Folder 3

Jennie Mearks 1864-1875: Oskaloosa, IA

Box 3, Folder 4

Mollie Pruner 1856: Louisville, KY

Box 3, Folder 5

Dorothy Smith 1845-1848: New York, New Hampshire

Box 3, Folder 6

Fannie Thompson 1887-1890: Nebraska

Box 3, Folder 7

Emily Turner 1882-1898: Wisconsin

Box 4, Folder 1

Estella Van Horn 1884-1885: Nebraska

Box 4, Folder 2

Carrie Waters 1882

Scope and Contents

Ridott, IL
Box 4, Folder 3

Carrie Waters 1878-1883

Scope and Contents

Ridott, IL
Box 4, Folder 4

Anna 1880-1881

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 5

Augusta (Gussie) 1885-1888

Scope and Contents

Nebraska Wyoming Territory
Box 4, Folder 6

Mary 1881-1884

Scope and Contents

Brooklyn, NY
Box 4, Folder 7

Mary 1882-1903

Scope and Contents

Brooklyn, NY
Box 4, Folder 8

Blank Autograph Book