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

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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

Robert Borthwick Adam was a prominent manuscript collector. He was born in England in 1863 as Robert Borthwick Adam Scott, 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 British rare books and literary manuscripts, many of them relating to Samuel Johnson. Adam published a four-volume catalog of his private library. By his wife Lena Benjamin Stevens Adam, he had two daughters, Harriet (Adam) (Black) Servis, and Florence (Adam) Conrad; and one son, Robert Borthwick Adam III (1918-1993). Adam died in 1940, and his Johnson collection was sold by his children to Donald and Mary Hyde in 1948.

From the guide to the Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk)., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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creatorOf Severn, Joseph, 1793-1879. ALS : London, to James Thomas Fields, [1860] May 21. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn John Ruskin collection of papers, 1835-1914, 1855-1889 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Adam, R. B. (Robert Borthwick), 1863-1940. Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. John Ruskin collection of papers, 1835-1914 bulk (1855-1889). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Burns, Robert, 1759-1796. Collection, 1779-[ca. 1885] (bulk 1785-1796). Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Papers, 1922-1965 (inclusive), 1925-1952 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Edgar Huidekoper Wells papers, 1912-1933. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. ALS (initials) : Edmonton, to Thomas Manning, [1834 May 10]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1846-1948 (inclusive), 1918-1939 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
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Autographs--Collectors and collecting
Book collectors
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Birth 1863

Death 1940

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