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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A2115

Papers of Alice Norton Adams, 1903, 1989


Letter from Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz to Alice Norton Adams, 1903, and letter from Adam's daughter describing her family history, 1989.


  • 1903
  • 1989

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Alice Norton Adams as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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The Alice Norton Adams papers contain a note from Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, wife of Louis Agassiz and a founder and first president of Radcliffe College, inviting Adams to join Agassiz at her summer house in Nahant, Massachusetts, in 1903. Also included is a copy of a letter from Adams's daughter, Harriet Dyer Adams, giving information about her family, 1989.


Alice (Norton) Adams was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1866, the daughter of Harriet Arvilla Norton and Franklin Burroughs Norton. Her father attended some of Louis Agassiz's lectures in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the late 1840s. Adams was very interested in geography and geology and taught school in Evanston, Illinois, before her marriage to zoologist Charles Christopher Adams in 1908. They had one child, Harriet Dyer Adams. Alice Norton Adams died September 1, 1931, in Albany, New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 89-M103

The papers of Alice Norton Adams were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Harriet Dyer Adams, in June 1989.

Processing Information

Processed: July 1990

By: Jessica Gill

Updated and additional description added: February 2021

By: Paula Aloisio, with assistance from Susan Earle

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Link to catalog
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Radcliffe College Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

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