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ADAMS, Sherman

ADAMS, Sherman
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1899–1986

Biography

ADAMS, Sherman, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in East Dover, Windham County, Vt., January 8, 1899; as an infant moved with his parents to Providence, R.I.; attended the public schools of Providence; served in the United States Marine Corps during the First World War; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1920; engaged in the lumber business in Healdville, Vt., in 1921 and 1922 and in the paper and lumber business in Lincoln, N.H., 1923-1944; also engaged in banking; member of the New Hampshire house of representatives 1941-1944, serving as speaker in 1943 and 1944; chairman of the Grafton County Republican Committee 1942-1944; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1944 and 1952; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946 but was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the gubernatorial nomination; engaged as a representative of the American Pulpwood Industry in New York City 1946-1948; Governor of New Hampshire January 1, 1949-January 1, 1953; appointed The Assistant to President Eisenhower January 21, 1953, and served until his resignation September 22, 1958; engaged in writing and lecturing; established a ski resort in 1966 and was president and chairman of the board of Loon Mountain Corporation; was a resident of Lincoln, N.H., until his death in Hanover, N.H., October 27, 1986; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Lincoln, N.H.

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External Research Collections

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: ca. 1916-1958, approximately 40 linear feet. This extensive collection of Sherman Adams consists of official documents, speeches and speech notes, transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, copies of White House press releases, personal correspondence, private memoranda, records of telephone conversations, and hand-written notes by Mr. Adams on meetings and conversations with President Eisenhower, members of the Cabinet, and legislative leaders. Sixty-nine scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1942-1958), appointment schedules (1953-1958), published works (including some items from limited editions), the several drafts of First-Hand Report (published in 1961), an excellent assortment of photographs from the Eisenhower years, and numerous personal awards, citations, and mementos can also be found in the holdings. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Oral History: 1980, 18 pages. In the interview, Sherman Adams discusses the Hoover Commission in the Eisenhower administration.
Papers: In the Victor Birely Papers, 1953-1974, 1 box. The papers relate to investments made by Victor Birely for Sherman Adams during the period when Sherman Adams was Assistant to the President (Eisenhower) and later.
Papers: In the Dartmouth Convocation on Great Issues in the Anglo-Canadian-American Community Records, 1956-1957, 1.5 linear feet. Other authors include Sherman Adams.
Papers: In the Robert Frost Papers, 1906-1963, approximately 4000 items. Other authors include Sherman Adams.
Papers: In the Sidney Chandler Hayward Papers, 1955, 11 items. Other authors include Sherman Adams.
Papers: In the David Tatham Papers, 1964-1966, 5 items. Other authors include Sherman Adams.
Papers: In the Sinclair Weeks Papers, 1923-1959, 1 item. Other authors include Sherman Adams.

Columbia University
Oral History Archives

New York, NY
Oral History: 1969, 50 pages. The interview of Sherman Adams forms part of the Eisenhower Administration Project and covers Sherman Adams's tenure as a presidential aide to President Eisenhower. Subjects covered include his duties as a White House Chief of Staff, as well as issues including desegregation, oil depletion allowance, and the vice-presidential nomination of 1956. The interview was conducted by Herbert S. Parmet.
Oral History: 1972, 268 pages. The interview of Sherman Adams includes discussion of President Eisenhower's decision to run for the Presidency; the 1952 Republican convention and campaign, the Richard Nixon fund, the Korea speech, Cabinet and White House staff; the National Security Council, Council of Economic Advisors, foreign policy; congressional-executive relations, economic controls. The interview was conducted by Ed Edwin.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the Gilmore D. Clarke Papers, ca.1920-1980, 7.5 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams.
Papers: In the V. K. Wellington Koo Papers, [ca. 1906]-1976, 105 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum

Abilene, KS
Papers: In the Christian Archibald Herter Papers, 1957-1961, 9 linear feet. Correspondents include Sherman Adams. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Dwight D. Eisenhower Miscellaneous Papers, 1957-1960, approximately 144 items. Subjects include Sherman Adams.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

West Branch, IA
Papers: In the Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss Papers, Papers, 1914-1974, 200 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Robert E. Matteson Papers, ca. 1930-1991, 5 cubic feet. Other authors include Sherman Adams.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library

Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Mildred Buchanan Flagg Papers, ca. 1876-1955, 1.75 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Mary Pillsbury Lord Papers, 1927-1972, 1.75 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Stanford University Libraries
Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Spyros P. Skouras Papers, 1942-1971, 40 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the J. Arthur Younger Papers, 1951-1968, 12.5 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Syracuse University
Manuscript Collections, George Arents Research Library for Special Collections

Syracuse, NY
Papers: In the Louis Fabian Bachrach Papers, 1950-1963, 2.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Sherman Adams. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Charles F. Johnson Papers, 1899-1959, 43 linear feet. Correspondents include Sherman Adams. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.
Papers: In the A. M. Sullivan Papers, 1925-1970, 11 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department

Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1954-1955, 2 items. Correspondence between Sherman Adams and Ora Delmer Foster, 1954-1955.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Jay G. Hayden Scrapbooks, 1916-1965, 8 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Frank McKay Papers, 3 linear feet and 2 volumes. Correspondents include Sherman Adams. A finding aid is available in the library.

University of Washington Libraries
Special Collections

Seattle, WA
Papers: In the W. Walter Williams Papers, ca. 1949-1958, 16 linear feet. Correspondents include Sherman Adams. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Ogden Rogers Reid Papers, 1925-1982, 315 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Richard Kluger Brown vs. Board of Education Collection, 1950-1975, 8 linear feet. Subjects include Sherman Adams. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Adams, Rachel. On the Other Hand. New York: Harper and Row, 1963.

Adams, Sherman. Firsthand Report: The Story of the Eisenhower Administration. 1961. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1974.

------. The Weeks Act: A 75th Anniversary Appraisal. 1986. Reprint, New York: Newcomen Society of the United States, 1987.

Anderson, Patrick. "The Incorruptible Man: Adams." In his Presidents' Men, 149-166. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1968.

Henderson, Phillip Gregory. "Organizing the White House for Effective Leadership: Lessons from the Eisenhower Years (Presidency)." Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan, 1986.

Kenison, Frank R. and Sherman Adams. The Enterprise of the North Country of New Hampshire. New York: Newcomen Society in North America, 1980.

Koenig, Louis W. The Invisible Presidency, 338-404. New York: Rindhart, 1960.

Mooney, Booth. "Ike's Decline and Adam's Fall." In his Politicians: 1945-1960, 164-165, 288-297. New York: Lippincott, 1970.

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