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John Adams: A Resource Guide

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John Adams, full-length portrait, standing next to globe, facing left, holding document John Adams, Full-Length Portrait, Standing Next to Globe, Facing Left, Holding Document.
Lithograph after a Painting by John Singleton Copley,
between 1850 and 1900.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZ62-1909

Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park tells the story of four generations of the Adams family from 1720 to 1927. The park has two main sites: the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams; and the "Old House," or Peacefield to John Adams, home to four generations of the Adams family. This Web site contains a virtual tour of the park and biographical information about the Adams family.

The American Experience: John & Abigail Adams

This site on John and Abigail Adams is a companion to the documentary produced by PBS. It contains educational resources such as biographical information, a timeline, primary sources, a teacher's guide, and a compilation of related Web sites and books.

American President: An Online Reference Resource

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia presents essays about Adams and his life before, during, and after his presidential term. It additionally provides biographical information about Abigail Adams and cabinet officials who served in his administration, as well as a selected bibliography and information on Adams's private and public papers.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School: The Papers of John Adams

The Avalon Project presents a selection of Adams's papers, including transcriptions of his annual messages to Congress, inaugural addresses, and proclamations.

Founders Online: The Adams Papers

The National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), has entered into a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia Press to create this site and make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America. This site provides online access to all of the content of the print volumes of The Adams Papers, which includes John Adams’s complete diaries, selected legal papers, and the ongoing series of family correspondence and state papers.

The John Adams Library

Search or browse the John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library, Adams's personal collection of approximately 3,500 books containing thousands of handwritten notes by him. This Web site provides full electronic cataloging of the complete John Adams Library collection, typed transcriptions of Adams’s manuscript annotations for all books with interpretive or commentative notes, and a selection of digitized titles that are available in full text. This site also presents a timeline that allows users to explore Adams's life through his library.

The Massachusetts Historical Society: The Adams Family Online

The Adams Family Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society comprises an enormous amount of material relating to John and Abigail Adams, as well as previous and subsequent Adams generations. Due to the volume of manuscripts, only a selection of the Adams Family Papers are available online, including correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, the diary of John Adams, and the autobiography of John Adams. The Adams Papers editorial project has also produced the following online resources: biographical sketches, a timeline, a compilation of famous quotations, and a genealogy of the Adams family.

POTUS: John Adams

The Internet Public Library's POTUS Web site provides background information, election results, a list of cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, and other presidential sites are also included.

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