John Adams: A Resource Guide
Amazing Americans: John Adams
Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's
Library provides information about Adams's political
career, his friendship with Thomas
Jefferson, his son John
Quincy Adams, and his wife, Abigail
Treasures of the Library of Congress
Independence: Drafting the Documents
The "Declaration Committee" consisted of Thomas
Jefferson, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R.
Livingston, and John Adams. This exhibition includes a
timeline; an essay on the drafting of the Declaration
of Independence; and related documents, manuscripts, and
and the Founding of the American Republic
Explores the role religion played in the founding of
the American colonies, in the shaping of early American
life and politics, and in forming the American Republic.
This exhibition includes Adams's Fast
Day Proclamation issued on March 23, 1798, and a letter
written by Adams to Thomas Jefferson on religion.
This online exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy
of Thomas Jefferson and includes four letters from Jefferson
John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trial of 1770
In 1770 John Adams served as defense
counsel in the trial of eight British soldiers accused
of murder during a riot in Boston. Adams's impassioned
speech in defense of the soldiers resulted in their acquittal.
This site contains the covers of five reports and transcripts
of the court proceedings, and includes the full-text
of three of these items from the Law Library of Congress's
Rare Book Collection.
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Adams,
John, 1735 1826 to find digital images related to
Adams such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons.
all text fields in PPOC using the phrase John Adams
to locate additional images.
Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress
This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of John Adams and Abigail Adams.
On February 17, 1801, presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson
won support of a majority of congressional Representatives,
displacing incumbent John Adams.
On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved the
appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of "such
books as may be necessary for the use of congress."
The cornerstone of the White House was laid on October
13, 1792. President John Adams and his wife Abigail moved
into the unfinished structure on November 1, 1800, keeping
to the scheduled relocation of the capital from Philadelphia.
Abigail Smith married a young lawyer by the name of John
Adams on October 25, 1764.
Digital Reference Section Web Guides
American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers
The digital resources described in this guide provide
online access, in varying degrees, to the personal papers
and/or publications of the major founders of the American
Republic, including John
Documents in American History
This site offers a list of some of the most important
documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each
document has a page with background information, links
to digital material associated with the documents, and
bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Many
of the documents contain information related to Adams,
including the Declaration
of Independence, the Treaty
of Paris, and the Alien
and Sedition Acts.
David McCullough discusses his book
John Adams at the 2002 National Book Festival.