- Majority of material found within 1918-1939
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
A portion of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
22.5 linear feet (22 boxes and 4 volumes)
The Laurence J. Gomme correspondence file in Series II all relates to the negotiations over Adam's Johnson collection after his death, from 1941 until its sale to Donald and Mary Hyde in 1948.
The bulk of the manuscripts in Series IV relate to the publication of Adam's library catalogs in 1929 and 1930. The series also contains an annotated proof of Augustine Birrell's rare Aphorisms on authors and their ways. Another important piece is Adam's annotated copy of George Birkbeck Norman Hill's Index to Boswell's Life of Johnson, used for organizing Adam's extra-illustrated sets of Johnsoniana.
Most of the photographs in Series V are portraits of Adam's friends and correspondents. Many are inscribed with greetings to Adam.
The printing plates in Series VII are the largest portion of the collection by volume.
Biographical / Historical
- Series I: Correspondence
- Series II: Files of Laurence J. Gomme
- Series III: Financial records
- Series IV: Manuscripts
- Series V: Miscellaneous
- Series VI: Photographs
- Series VII: Printing plates
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
- Adam, R. B. (Robert Borthwick), 1863-1940. R. B. Adam papers, 1846-1948: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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