ADAMS, John Quincy, 1767-1848


Oil on canvas, Edwin Ahlstrom (after Jean-Baptiste-Adolphe Gibert), 2002, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

Guide to Research Collections

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA
Papers: Ca. 65 items in the Adams family letters and several items in other collections. Finding aid.


American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Adams family papers, 608 microfilm reels of originals in the Massachusetts Historical Society. Finding aid.

Additional papers: Items in American manuscripts, 1703-1806, from the British Museum, 1 microfilm reel, permission required; papers, 1809-1816, from the administrative and chancellery files of the Archives of Foreign Ministry, U.S.S.R., 2 microfilm reels; and correspondence in the David Hosack collection, 1804-1891; the Benjamin Vaughan papers, 1746-1900; and in the Jose Francisco Correia da Serra papers. Also discussed in memoir, 1862, of Samuel Breck (1771-1862), Recollections of My Acquaintance with Deceased Members of the American Philosophical Society.


Amistad Research Center
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
Papers: Correspondence in the Amistad (Schooner) case collection, 1839-1968, on 6 microfilm reels of originals in various repositories.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1770-1813. 69 items. Personal correspondence, chiefly to Benjamin Rush, manuscripts, and documents.


Boston University
Boston, MA
Papers: Miscellaneous items (1742-1842) including treaty with France (signed 1822) and other documents, manuscript poem “To Miss Anna Payne,” and letters (1782-1839).


Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: Patent letter (November 18, 1818) and naval appointment (May 23, 1826).


Claremont Colleges
Ella Strong Denison Library
Claremont, CA
Papers: In the John Perkins Autograph Letter Collection, John Quincy Adams letter (October 26, no year) to W. McDonald, Nathaniel Williams, Paul Bentalou, and John Barney apologizing for not being able to attend a meeting where he was supposed to meet fellow Baltimore citizens; and a letter ( September 28, 1817) John Quincy Adams to P.P.F. DeGrand concerning a business venture for pirate ship bounty. Available via the Claremont Colleges Digital Library at ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu.



Dickinson College Library
Carlisle, PA
Papers: 6 letters.


Duke University
Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In United States presidents’ papers, 1753-1935. Finding aid.


Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: Miscellaneous items in the Thomas P. Cope letterbooks, 1788-1853; Eleuthere Irenee du Pont papers, 1771-1922; the Eleuthera Bradford du Pont collection, 1799-1834; the Pierre Samuel du Pont Longwood collection, 1438-1954; and the Samuel Francis du Pont papers, 1812-1865. Finding aid.


Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges
Burke Library
Clinton, NY
Papers: Letters in Alexander Bryan Johnson papers, 1815-1875.


Harvard University
Archives Pusey Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: 1767-1848. 1 container. Notes from his diary concerning Harvard. Access may be restricted, details available at repository. Finding aid.


Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in the James Lloyd papers, 1791-1829; and Joseph Halle Schaffner collection, 1695-1948. Finding aids.


Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 52 items, including congressional material, in Rufus King papers, 1782-1830.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Miscellaneous items in the William B. Sprague collection, 1799-1857; Josiah Stoddard Johnston papers, 1821-1839; Clement Biddle papers, 1743-1835; Francis Adrian Van der Kemp collection, 1781-1829; Hopkinson family papers, 1735-1863; William David Lewis papers, 1800-1918; and other collections. Finding aid.


Johns Hopkins University
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: Letter (March 17, 1827) to Charles Carroll; reply (March 19, 1827) from Carroll; and “Ebony and Topaz” toast in Adam’s handwriting satirizing the posthumous heraldic award to Major General Robert Ross, commander of British troops who marched on Washington by way of Bladensburg in August 1814.


Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, Illinois
Papers: 1 letter (February 16, 1797) in the Bookfellow Foundation autograph collection of letters of U.S. presidents, 1793-1945; and 1 letter (September 12, 1792) and 1 land patent (December 5, 1826) in the Sang autograph collection of U.S. presidents, 1751-1954.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Adams family papers, 608 microfilm reels of originals in the Massachusetts Historical Society; and correspondence and other papers in Adams family collection, 1776-1914. 2 containers. Finding aids.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in Jeremy Robinson papers, 1806-1832; George Watterson papers, 1809-1866; Polk family papers, 1767-1859; and William Wirt papers, 1802-1858.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: Diary (1779-1848) and letterbooks (1781-1848) in the Adams family papers, 1639-1889. 175 feet. More than 400 other items scattered throughout various collections, including portraits and photographs. Available on 608 microfilm reels. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: Items relating to Adams’ will (1848) in Richard Henry Dana legal papers, 1847-1891.


Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (September 11, 1838); and 26 letters (November 26, 1783-November 10, 1784) in the Jay papers. Finding aid.


New England Historic Genealogical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: Correspondence in the William Foster papers, 1734-1879. Finding aid.


New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: Correspondence in the John Langdon papers, 1762-1972. Finding aid.


New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: Correspondence in Rutherfurd family papers, 1760-1845.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1796-1848. 475 items. Includes 224 letters (1814-1827) to and from Albert Gallatin.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in the Campbell-Mumford papers, 1719-1891; and Randall J. LeBoeuf collection of Robert Fulton and related material, 1764-1857.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 50 items (1794-1840) in various collections. Includes 3 letters (1834-1838) in the George Bancroft collection; correspondence in the Caesar Rodney papers, 1749-1823; William Jenks papers, 1803-1806; James Hamilton papers, ca. 1740-1867; Samuel Gouverneur papers, 1822-1851; and James Barbour papers, 1792-1848. Finding aid.


Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Papers: 3 letters (1825, 1827, and 1834) in the Benjamin Pickman papers, 1679-1923; diary extracts; and information about Adams’ 1824 presidential race in the Andrew Dunlap papers, 1754-1847.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1796-1842. 30 items.


Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Adams family papers, 608 microfilm reels of originals in the Massachusetts Historical Society; letter (1808 July 31 and August 8) from Abigail Adams to her daughter concerning John Quincy Adams and other topics; and in the Gertrude Foster Brown papers, 1732-1956. Finding aid.


Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Washington, DC
Papers: 1778-1842. 100 letters. To and from Adams.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 19 items; and 16 personal and business-related items in the Hughes collection, 1816-1842.


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Adams family papers, 608 microfilm reels of originals in the Massachusetts Historical Society; and United States Department of State selected papers concerning the missions of John Quincy Adams to Berlin (1799-1801) and Russia (1809-1813), 1 microfilm reel of originals in the National Archives and Records Administration.

Additional Papers: Miscellaneous items in the Fowler family papers, 1707-1870; the William Jackson papers, 1782-1828; Morse family papers, 1779-1868; John Trumbull papers, 1750-1961, on 10 microfilm reels; the Pruden family papers, 1572-1941; the Lewis Tappan papers, 1809-1903, on 7 microfilm reels; and several other collections. Finding aids.


The Adams Papers
Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Documentary publication project.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL; Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; Brown University, Providence, RI; Columbia University, New York, NY; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH; Harvard University, Baker Library and Countway Library of Medicine, Cambridge, MA; New York State Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections, Albany, NY; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA; Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA; State University of New York, Buffalo, NY; University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, MI; University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library, Philadelphia, PA; and others.