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Adams Papers (digital Edition)

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Producer: University of Virginia / Rotunda
Description: Self-described as the "definitive record of the nationís first great political family." Comprises John Adamsís complete diaries, selected legal papers, and the ongoing series of family correspondence and state papers -- all 30 volumes of the Adams Papers that have so far appeared in print. (Future volumes will appear in installments.)
As the database continues to develop, newly-available materials may first appear in a separate location.
The library also has printed volumes.
Acquisition of this resource was made possible by a generous gift from the Friends of the Library of Washington and Lee University.
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Librarian: Dick Grefe
Descriptors: History -- United States
Primary Sources -- U.S. History