Adam, R. B. (Robert Borthwick), 1863-1940

Robert Borthwick Adam was born in England in 1863, son of John Scott and Jean (Adam) Scott. In 1872, he was brought to Buffalo, N.Y, and adopted by his uncle, Robert Borthwick Adam (1833-1904), a prosperous department store owner. He assumed his uncle's name and eventually inherited the department store, as well as a substantial collection of English rare books and literary manuscripts, many of them relating to Samuel Johnson. He built the collection into one of the world's finest, and published a four-volume catalog of his private library.

From the description of Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612885626

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