Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949

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From the description of Diary, 1900-1902. [photocopy]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122604696

James Truslow Adams was successful businessman who became a celebrated historian, writing chiefly about the history of early New England.

In 1912, having worked for twelve years as a businessman in a New York brokerage house, Adams moved to Bridgehampton, L.I., and began writing. His first books--"Memorials of Old Bridgehampton" (1916) and "History of the Town of Southampton" (1918)--established him as a credible historian. During World War I he was appointed the Paris Peace Conference as part of the American delegation.

After the war Adams began researching and writing on the history of New England, which resulted in his epic three-volume series comprising "The Founding of New England", which was published in 1921, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922; "Revolutionary New England", 1691-1776, which was published in 1923 and became a bestseller; and "New England in the Republic, 1776-1850", which was published in 1926.

Adams wrote biographical sketches of famous historians for the "Dictionary of American Biography". In 1929 Adams moved to London and began working for magazines. While in London he published two collections of essays: "Our Business Civilization: Some Aspects of American Culture" and "The Tempo of Modern Life", as well as his history of the Adams family, "The Adams Family", was a financial success.

In his "The Epic of America", published in 1933, Adams attempted to address the historic development and philosophic vision of America. It was in this book that Adams coined the term "The American Dream" which he defined as, "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."

In due course, Adams gave up writing in favor of editing, working on such titles as the "Dictionary of American History", the "Atlas of American History", and the "Album of American History". In 1968, Allan Nevins published his biography of Adams: "James Truslow Adams: Historian of the American Dream".

From the description of James Truslow Adams papers, 1918-1949. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 299029134

Biographical Note: James Truslow Adams, historian and writer, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1878. After a brief business career, he devoted himself to study and writing.

He wrote several volumes on American history and was a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Dictionary of American Biography. Adams died in 1949.

From the description of James Truslow Adams letter, 1933. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 48369128

BIOGHIST REQUIRED James Truslow Adams was successful businessman who became a celebrated historian, writing chiefly about the history of early New England.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In 1912, having worked for twelve years as a businessman in a New York brokerage house, Adams moved to Bridgehampton, L.I., and began writing. His first books--"Memorials of Old Bridgehampton" (1916) and "History of the Town of Southampton" (1918)--established him as a credible historian. During World War I he was appointed the Paris Peace Conference as part of the American delegation.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED After the war Adams began researching and writing on the history of New England, which resulted in his epic three-volume series comprising "The Founding of New England", which was published in 1921, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922; "Revolutionary New England", 1691-1776, which was published in 1923 and became a bestseller; and "New England in the Republic, 1776-1850", which was published in 1926.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Adams wrote biographical sketches of famous historians for the "Dictionary of American Biography". In 1929 Adams moved to London and began working for magazines. While in London he published two collections of essays: "Our Business Civilization: Some Aspects of American Culture" and "The Tempo of Modern Life", as well as his history of the Adams family, "The Adams Family", was a financial success.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In his "The Epic of America", published in 1933, Adams attempted to address the historic development and philosophic vision of America. It was in this book that Adams coined the term "The American Dream" which he defined as, "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In due course, Adams gave up writing in favor of editing, working on such titles as the "Dictionary of American History", the "Atlas of American History", and the "Album of American History". In 1968, Allan Nevins published his biography of Adams: "James Truslow Adams: Historian of the American Dream".

From the guide to the James Truslow Adams Papers, 1918-1949., (Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

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referencedIn Penrose, Mabel Adams. The Adams family. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Andrews, Charles McLean, 1863-1943. Charles McLean Andrews papers, 1723-1967 (inclusive), 1885-1956 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Sedgwick, Ellery, 1872-1960. Ellery Sedgwick papers, 1898-1969. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Ruth Nanda Anshen Papers, 1938-1986. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Brastow, Lewis Orsmond, 1834-1912. Articles about Emerson. Set 1, 1882-1937. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Adams family. Papers, 1789-1816. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Wade, John Donald, 1892-1963. John Donald Wade family papers, 1857-1963 (bulk 1929-1945). Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers of the Kirkland, Withers, Snowden, and Trotter families, 1790-1959. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Allan Nevins Papers, 1912-1992 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976. Papers of Samuel Eliot Morison, 1807-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Letter [manuscript], 1928. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf University of Virginia. Public Occasions Committee. Minutes and correspondence of the Committee on Public Occasions [manuscript] 1911-1935. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stephen Bonsal Papers, 1890-1973, (bulk 1900-1947) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Charles McLean Andrews papers, 1723-1967 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Solon J. Buck Papers, 1778-1962, (bulk 1934-1957) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1911-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Lamont, Thomas W. (Thomas William), 1870-1948. Papers, 1894-1948 (inclusive). Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Yale Review records, 1911-1949 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Robbins Gilman and family papers., 1699-2009. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Frary, Charles F. Protest against Daniel Webster and G.S. Gideon, 1852 November 10, Washington. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1885-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf L.M. Montgomery Collection. The Full Lucy - article in the Globe and Mail, Jan. 17, 2004 by James Adams. University of Guelph
creatorOf Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. Emily Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Gilman, Robbins, 1878-1955. Robbins Gilman and family papers, 1699-1997. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Yale Review records, 1911-1949. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1944 (inclusive), 1929-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Fetter mss., 1875-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, 1880-1925 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
creatorOf James Truslow Adams Papers, 1918-1949. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Doysié, Abel, 1886-1973. Abel Doysié papers, 1910-1967 (bulk 1920-1962). Library of Congress
referencedIn Bonsal, Stephen, 1865-1951. Papers of Stephen Bonsal, 1890-1973 (bulk 1900-1947). Library of Congress
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1940-1952. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Records, 1886-1961. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Albert Joseph Engel Papers, 1885-1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Frank Manny papers, 1890-1955 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Letters to Rabbi Solomon Goldman, Jan.-Sept. 1946. Drew University Library, Rose Memorial Library
referencedIn Anshen, Ruth Nanda. Ruth Nanda Anshen papers, 1938-1986. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Abel Doysié Papers, 1910-1967, (bulk 1920-1962) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn The Inquiry papers, 1915-1921 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Albrecht-Carrié, René, 1904-. René Albrecht-Carrié papers, 1934-1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Manny, Frank Addison, 1868-1954. Frank Addison Manny papers, 1890-1955. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Review of Reviews (New York, N. Y.), Golden Book Magazine, editorial correspondence, 1921-1935. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955. Papers of Herbert Putnam, 1783-1958 (bulk 1899-1939). Library of Congress
creatorOf Adams, James. Letter : London, to "Madam," 1769 Mar. 2. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Johnson, Gerald W. (Gerald White), 1890-1980. Gerald White Johnson Papers, 1886-1989 Wake Forest University - ZSR Library, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. James Truslow Adams letter, 1933. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Greene, Evarts Boutell, 1870-1947. Evarts Boutell Greene papers, 1893-1947. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn R. P. (Richard P.) Blackmur correspondence concerning Henry Adams, 1838-1951. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Yale Review records, 1911-1949. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Barrett assorted authors collection [manuscript] 1814-1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bradford Family. Bradford family papers, 1620-1906 (bulk 1770-1800). Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn The Inquiry Papers, 1915-1921 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Manny, Frank Addison, 1868-1954. Frank Addison Manny papers, 1890-1955. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Adams, James. Diary, 1900-1902. [photocopy]. American Primers
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Letter [manuscript], 1937. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Correspondence with his publisher, Little, Brown, & Co., [microform]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Letters to C.J. Werner : mss. / Adams. Brooklyn College
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Charles Moore papers, 1889-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Charles Moore papers, 1901-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. James Truslow Adams papers, 1918-1949. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971. Papers, 1912-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Jones, Edgar De Witt, 1876-1956. [Correspondence to the author concerning American history.] Oakland University, Kresge Library
referencedIn Keyser, Cassius Jackson, 1862-1947. Cassius Jackson Keyser papers, 1884-1945. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Cornell University. Office of the Provost. Office of the Provost records, 1942-1943. Cornell University Library
referencedIn René Albrecht-Carrié Papers, 1934-1978. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, bulk (1880-1925). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Adams family. family
associatedWith Albrecht-Carrié, René, 1904- person
associatedWith Andrews, Charles McLean, 1863-1943. person
associatedWith Anshen, Ruth Nanda. person
associatedWith Anshen, Ruth Nanda. person
correspondedWith Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965 person
correspondedWith Bonsal, Stephen, 1865-1951. person
associatedWith Bradford Family. family
associatedWith Buck, Solon J. (Solon Justus), 1884-1962 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. person
associatedWith Cornell University. Office of the Provost. corporateBody
correspondedWith Doysié, Abel, 1886-1973. person
associatedWith Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Fetter, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1863-1949 person
associatedWith Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. person
associatedWith Frary, Charles F. person
associatedWith Gilman, Robbins, 1878-1955. person
associatedWith Greene, Evarts Boutell, 1870-1947. person
correspondedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Johnson, Gerald W. (Gerald White), 1890-1980. person
associatedWith Jones, Edgar De Witt, 1876-1956. person
associatedWith Keyser, Cassius Jackson, 1862-1947. person
associatedWith Lamont, Thomas W. (Thomas William), 1870-1948. person
associatedWith Little, Brown and Company. corporateBody
associatedWith L.M. Montgomery Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Manny, Frank Addison, 1868-1954. person
associatedWith Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. person
associatedWith Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976. person
associatedWith Mormon Church corporateBody
associatedWith Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971. person
associatedWith Penrose, Mabel Adams. person
associatedWith Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955. person
associatedWith Review of Reviews (New York, N. Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Sedgwick, Ellery, 1872-1960. person
associatedWith Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. person
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Supreme Court. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Virginia. Public Occasions Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Wade, John Donald, 1892-1963. person
associatedWith Werner, Charles J. (Charles Jolly), b. 1887. person
associatedWith Williams, Helen G. person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
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United States
Subject
Historians--United States
Historians--Correspondence
Historians--Archives
Historians
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American
Judges--Selection and appointment--United States--History--20th century
Judges--Selection and appointment--History--20th century
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Historians
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Birth 1878-10-18

Death 1949-05-18

Americans

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