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Ebenezer Adams papers

Identifier: MS-420

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The collection is primarily composed of correspondence between family members, and a smaller amount of correspondence with friends and acquaintances. Ebenezer Adams' papers also contain deeds, certificates of appointment to office and of membership in learned societies, and a few documents pertaining to the Dartmouth College Case. The most interesting of these latter are a copy of the written charges brought against Adams, Francis Brown and Roswell Shurtleff by the "University" trustees, and the reply those three gentlemen returned to the trustees.

Several other members of Ebenezer Adams' family have been professors at the College. They were Ira Young, who married Ebenezer's youngest daughter, Eliza; John Proctor, their son-in-law; and Eliza and Ira's son, Charles Augustus Young. Each of these men is represented in the collection, as are Eliza Adams Young and Adeline Young Proctor.

Charles Augustus Young spent the Civil War years teaching at Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio. His letters to his mother and sister, included in the Adams papers, express a variety of emotions and opinions in relation to that conflict and its impact on our nation.


  • 1787 - 1890


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


8 linear ft. (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Additional Description


Ebenezer Adams (1765-1841), professor of mathematics. The collection contains papers relating to his career as professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College, including a few items relating to the Dartmouth College Case membership certificates in various organizations, signed by John Adams, Isaiah Thomas, et al. extensive family correspondence, especially relating to his daughter and son-in-law, Eliza and Ira Young, and their son Charles Augustus Young.

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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