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John Adams: A Resource Guide

John Adams, second president of the United States of America
John Adams, Second President of the
United States of America
Boston: Published by N. Dearborn,
between 1814 and 1852.
Prints and Photographs Division.
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America's Story

Meet Amazing Americans: John Adams

Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's Library provides information about Adams's political career, his friendship with Thomas Jefferson, his son John Quincy Adams, and his wife, Abigail Adams.


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents

The "Declaration Committee" consisted of Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, and John Adams. This exhibition includes a timeline; an essay on the drafting of the Declaration of Independence; and related documents, manuscripts, and prints.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic

Explores the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping of early American life and politics, and in forming the American Republic. This exhibition includes Adams's Fast Day Proclamation issued on March 23, 1798, and a letter written by Adams to Thomas Jefferson on religion.

Thomas Jefferson

This online exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy of Thomas Jefferson and includes four letters from Jefferson to Adams.

Law Library of Congress

John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trial of 1770

In 1770 John Adams served as defense counsel in the trial of eight British soldiers accused of murder during a riot in Boston. Adams's impassioned speech in defense of the soldiers resulted in their acquittal. This site contains the covers of five reports and transcripts of the court proceedings, and includes the full-text of three of these items from the Law Library of Congress's Rare Book Collection.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Adams, John, 1735 1826 to find digital images related to Adams such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase John Adams to locate additional images.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of John Adams and Abigail Adams.

Today in History

February 17

On February 17, 1801, presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson won support of a majority of congressional Representatives, displacing incumbent John Adams.

April 24

On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of "such books as may be necessary for the use of congress."

October 13

The cornerstone of the White House was laid on October 13, 1792. President John Adams and his wife Abigail moved into the unfinished structure on November 1, 1800, keeping to the scheduled relocation of the capital from Philadelphia.

October 25

Abigail Smith married a young lawyer by the name of John Adams on October 25, 1764.

Virtual Programs and Services

Digital Reference Section Web Guides

The American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications

The digital resources described in this guide provide online access, in varying degrees, to the personal papers and/or publications of the major founders of the American Republic, including John Adams.

Primary Documents in American History

This site offers a list of some of the most important documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each document has a page with background information, links to digital material associated with the documents, and bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Many of the documents contain information related to Adams, including the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, and the Alien and Sedition Acts.


David McCullough

David McCullough discusses his book John Adams at the 2002 National Book Festival.

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