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COLLECTION — Box: 01 Identifier: H MS c566

Zabdiel Boylston Adams papers

Content Description

Consists of two essays, two lectures, and one letter written by Zabdiel Boylston Adams (1793-1855): "Introductory Lecture, Delivered at the Exchange Coffee House, Boston Nov. 19th, 1817"; a lecture "Delivered before the 'Auxiliary Society for the Suppression of Intemperance,' at Dr. Porter's church in Roxbury, Nov. 10th, 1824"; an essay "On the changes induced on air by respiration," undated; an essay titled "Whether consciousness constitutes personal identity," undated; and a letter addressed to Capt. S. M. Holland dated May 16, 1820.


  • Creation: 1817-1824 (inclusive)


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Conditions Governing Use

Public domain.


0.25 cubic feet (1 half legal size document box)

Biographical / Historical

Zabdiel Boylston Adams (1793-1855), A.B., 1813, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts; M.D., 1816, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts was a physician practicing in Boston in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Zabdiel Boylston Adams was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on February 19, 1793. He graduated from Harvard College in 1813 and Harvard Medical School in 1816. He began practicing medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 1823.

Adams was descended from Zabdiel Boylston (1679-1766), who introduced innoculation in the United States. (Adams learned about the concept from Cotton Mather (1663-1728), who had been introduced to the idea by Onesimus, an African man whom he enslaved). Many others in the Boylston and Adams families, including Adams's son, Zabdiel Boylston Adams (1829 or 1830-1902, M.D., 1953, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts) were physicians.

Adams died on January 25, 1855.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Robert H. Rubin Books, 2017 (Accession #2019-050).

Processing Information

Updated by Charlotte Lellman in December 2020, according to Level 1 protocol.

Adams, Zabdiel Boylston, 1793-1855. Papers, 1817-1824 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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