John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection MS-0056

Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection
Creator: Adams Autograph Album Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0056
Physical Description: 1.67 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1851-1933
Date (bulk): 1860-1890
Language of Material: English .

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.

Arrangement Note

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.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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.

Source of Acquisition

John and Jane Adams

Preferred Citation

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

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.



Subjects and Indexing Terms

Autograph albums
Autograph albums--United States--Specimens
Autograph albums--Private collections--California--San Diego
Adams, John R., 1900-1994--Art collections
Adams, Jane Ford--Art collections

box 1, folder 1

William H. Adams, 1883-1884: Onondaga, NY Folder 1

box 1, folder 2

Mary Alderson, 1881-1881, Okaland, CA and Philadelphia, PA Folder 2

box 1, folder 3

Ella Baker Folder 3 1885-1886: Boyne City, MI

box 1, folder 4

Bonnie Blanche Bower Folder 4 1930-1934: San Diego, CA

box 1, folder 5

Alfred Butler Folder 5 1867: Lexington, MA

box 1, folder 6

Minnie Campbell Folder 6 1878-1879: Wisconsin

box 1, folder 7

Hattie C. Churchill Folder 7 1860-1872: Woodbury, CT

box 1, folder 8

Ann Crane Folder 8 1851: Crawfordsville, IN

box 2, folder 1

Mary Cullen Folder 1 1884: Grand Haven, MI

box 2, folder 2

Mary Devereux Folder 2 1854: Flint Creek, NJ

box 2, folder 3

Era Eastman Folder 3 1887-1889: Massachussetts

box 2, folder 4

Maria Evans Folder 4 1859-1864: Leavenworth, KS

box 2, folder 5

Emma Gardner Folder 5 1880-1883: Nebraska

box 2, folder 6

Frances Hill Folder 6 1853: Iowa

box 2, folder 7

Isobel Heath Folder 7 1933

box 3, folder 1

Ione Hitchcock Folder 1 1887-1888: North Adams, MI

box 3, folder 2

Mary Kahlert Folder 2 1880-1887: East New York, NY

box 3, folder 3

Jennie Mearks Folder 3 1864-1875: Oskaloosa, IA

box 3, folder 4

Mollie Pruner Folder 4 1856: Louisville, KY

box 3, folder 5

Dorothy Smith Folder 5 1845-1848: New York, New Hampshire

box 3, folder 6

Fannie Thompson Folder 6 1887-1890: Nebraska

box 3, folder 7

Emily Turner Folder 7 1882-1898: Wisconsin

box 4, folder 1

Estella Van Horn Folder 1 1884-1885: Nebraska

box 4, folder 2

Carrie Waters Folder 2 1882

Scope and Contents

Ridott, IL
box 4, folder 3

Carrie Waters Folder 3 1878-1883

Scope and Contents

Ridott, IL
box 4, folder 4

Anna Folder 4 1880-1881

Scope and Contents

box 4, folder 5

Augusta (Gussie) Folder 5 1885-1888

Scope and Contents

Nebraska Wyoming Territory
box 4, folder 6

Mary Folder 6 1881-1884

Scope and Contents

Brooklyn, NY
box 4, folder 7

Mary Folder 7 1882-1903

Scope and Contents

Brooklyn, NY
box 4, folder 8

Blank Autograph Book Folder 8