MS 503 - Fred Adams Papers
|Title||MS 503 - Fred Adams Papers|
The Fred L. Adams Papers date from 1880 to 1974. While the collection contains materials documenting his entire life, the majority covers his political career. Included in this material is correspondence, newsclippings, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs, and a few personal items.
The collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections on July 2, 1988 through the cooperation of his children, John F. Adams, Janet Kelbaugh, and Nancy Clouse. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and scholarly research. The collection was processed and the register drafted by Beth Friedman in July 1989, and revised by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in March 1992.
Fred L. Adams, the son of Frank and Kate Kiger Adams, was born in Wood County, Sept. 15, 1893. In 1914, he was the first man to enroll at Bowling Green University, where he was later (1946) awarded an honorary degree in political science. Mr. Adams also enrolled at Wooster University, Wooster, Ohio. Adams married Bess Frisbie of Wayne, Ohio on July 23, 1920 and three children were born to this marriage; Janet, Nancy and John.
Mr. Adams was first employed as a seaman along the West Coast by Western Ranches Lumber Industry. He also was self-employed in the general insurance field. He spent two years in the U.S. Army during World War I as part of the 163rd Field Hospital of the American Expeditionary Force. An active citizen in his community, Adams served on local boards and maintained membership in various veterans organizations. He was elected a life member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and belonged to such fraternal orders as the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
In his political career, Adams served as County Clerk from 1929 to 1933, and as an Ohio State Senator for the Republican Party during the years 1936 through 1952. He served on the Emergency Board, the Board of Control and on other Senate Committees, including service as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He was also a member of the Ohio Program Commission and the Post-War Planning Commission, on which he served as chairman of the Aviation Committee and on the Lake Erie Beach Erosion Committee. In 1952 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress from the 5th District.
|Scope and Content|
The heart of the Fred L. Adams papers document the experiences and life-style of an Ohio State Senator from the mid 1930's through the early 1970's. Extensive newsclippings and correspondence concerning political legislation, elections, and activities of the Republican Party make up the bulk of the collection. In addition to that core are letters, scrapbooks, newsclippings, printed material, and photographs which offer an intimate view of Adams' personal life, his political activities, concerns, and interests.
Although there is a small part of this collection which concerns itself with World War I newspapers and correspondence, one may note the general scarcity of materials relating to Adams' life before his political career. This may be seen as a weakness of the collection. Clearly, one who wishes to investigate the growth and development of the life of Adams must supplement this collection with other materials.
CORRESPONDENCE - POLITICAL
CORRESPONDENCE - PERSONAL
ANTI-DEMOCRATIC PARTY/NEW DEAL MATERIAL
ARMISTICE DAY MATERIAL
AVIATION CLINIC AT B.G.S.U.1946-1949
Proceedings, programs, photograph, and newsclippings relating to the Aviation Clinics held at Bowling Green
HONORARY DEGREE: B.G.S.U.
OHIO CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
RESERVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF THE U.S. WOOD COUNTY CHAPTER
SANDUSKY BAY FISHING
WORLD WAR I MATERIAL
SPEECHES/INTERVIEWS/NOTES - FRED ADAMS
SPEECHES - MISCELLANEOUS PEOPLE
SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS
OHIO POST-WAR COMMISSION PUBLICATIONS
OHIO PROGRAM COMMISSION PUBLICATIONS
Box 6 OversizeFolder