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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A2145

Papers of Kate J. Adams, 1912-1928


Correspondence, clippings, and photograph of social worker and suffragist Kate J. Adams.


  • 1912-1928

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Kate J. 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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Collection consists of letters from Kate J. Adams to her cousin, Katherine Jane Foster Adams, as well as a letter from her niece, Florence Foster. Letters mention family news and Adams's social work and work in the suffrage movement. In addition, there are clippings and programs about Adams's work, including a pamphlet describing the Chicago Committee of Fifteen, which was responsible for closing properties used for prostitution in Chicago. There is also an article by her entitled "Reasons for Suffrage" published in the National Suffragist (1916), and a photograph of her.


Social worker, suffragist, and temperance advocate Kate J. Adams was born in Topeka, Kansas. She received her social work training at the Church Training and Deaconess House of the diocese of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She worked in a settlement house on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and opened a home for girls involved in prostitution. She was the author of what came to be known as the Kate Adams law, which allowed for the commitment of young girls who were brought into the Morals Court in Chicago.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 91-M58

The Papers of Kate J. Adams were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jo Anne Preston, 1991-1992.

Processing Information

Processed: May 1991

By: Anne Engelhart

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.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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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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