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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1247

Additional papers of Mildred Adams, 1909-1981


Addenda to the papers (MC 283) of Mildred Adams, writer, editor, and translator.


  • Creation: 1909-1981


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mildred Adams is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


13.3 linear feet (29+1/2 file boxes)

The additional papers of Mildred Adams Kenyon contain correspondence, writings, subject files, diaries, and other materials documenting Kenyon's personal and professional life. They are arranged in series as they were kept by Adams and as they were packed in her New York apartment, more or less in reverse chronological order.


Journalist, writer, and Spanish literature translator and critic Mildred Adams was born in Morrison, Illinois, January 8, 1894. She earned a degree in economics from the University of California, then moved to New York City where she wrote articles for her aunt, Gertrude Foster Brown, who was the editor of the Woman's Journal. She then became a feature writer and book reviewer for the New York Times and various magazines, including the London Economist. During World War II, she worked in the educational division of CBS. Adams translated six volumes of the works of Spanish philosopher José Orega y Gasset and wrote several books including The Right to Be People (1966) and Garcia Lorca: Playwright and Poet (1977). In 1935, she married William Houston Kenyon, Jr., an attorney. She was a director and member of the Foreign Policy Association and a director of the Near East Foundation and the Americas Foundation. Mildred Adams Kenyon died of a heart attack on November 5, 1980.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 81-M49, 81-M80 81-M143, 81-M160

These papers of Mildred Adams Kenyon were given to the Schlesinger Library in February and June 1981 by William Houston Kenyon. One item was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Foreign Policy Association in June 1981.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Mildred Adams Papers, 1936-1963 (MC 283). Additional papers are held by the University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center Archives; see Mildred Adams Kenyon papers, IHRC1201.


The following items have been removed from the collection, 7 May 1981:

  1. Decorator's plans
  2. Catalogues


  1. Box 1: 1-17
  2. Box 2: 17a-21
  3. Box 3: 22-27a
  4. Box 4: 28-35
  5. Box 5: 36-42
  6. Box 6: 43-56
  7. Box 7: 57-71
  8. Box 8: 72-80
  9. Box 9: 81-88a
  10. Box 10: 89-100
  11. Box 11: 101-109
  12. Box 12: 110-117
  13. Box 13: 118-138
  14. Box 14: 139-151
  15. Box 15: 151a-155
  16. Box 16: 155a-160a
  17. Box 17: 160b-167
  18. Box 18: 167a-177 (178v-180v are missing)
  19. Box 19: 181-191
  20. Box 20: 192-201
  21. Box 21: 201a-206b
  22. Box 22: 207-217
  23. Box 23: 218-231
  24. Box 24: 232-240
  25. Box 25: 241v-245v
  26. Box 26: 246v-255v
  27. Box 27: 256v-270v
  28. Box 28: 271v-284
  29. Box 29: 285-294
  30. Box 30: 294a-298

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: March 1981

By: Eva Moseley

Collection rehoused and finding aid updated: August 2023

By: Johanna Carll

This collection was previously cataloged as 81-M49--81-M160

Adams, Mildred, 1894-1980. Additional papers of Mildred Adams, 1909-1981: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

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