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  • Title: Marie Adams papers
    Date (inclusive): 1887-1950
    Collection Number: 78076
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes (3.8 linear feet)
    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
    Creator: Adams, Marie, 1891-1976


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Marie Adams papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    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 the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    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

    Biographical Note

    1891 Born, Aberdeen, Washington
    1936-1941 Executive Secretary of Milwaukee-Downer College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1941 Arrives in Manila, Philippines, to work as Field Director of Hospital Services for the American Red Cross
    1942-1945 Interned, Santo Tomás Internment Camp (STIC), Philippines
    1945 Author, Life Without Lipstick
    June 1945 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
    circa 1945 Awarded Bronze Star Medal for service with sick and wounded while interned at STIC
    1976 Died

    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 in the 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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Philippines--History--Japanese occupation, 1942-1945.
    Prisoners of war.
    Santo Tomas Interment Camp (Manila, Philippines).
    World War, 1939-1945--Philippines.
    World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons.