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J. McGregor Adams Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-AdamsJM

Scope and Content of the Collection

Incoming and outgoing correspondence, mostly business and real estate related.

Most of the incoming letters are coming from attorneys, businessmen, realtors, and bankers, regarding stocks and real estate investments. Outgoing correspondence, except for one loose letter is compiled in a letterpress copybook which must have been part of a series, as it is labeled "No. 6." Letters from Edith C. Ewing are about securing personal loans from Adams so she can attend college in New York


  • 1889-1904



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The J. McGregor Adams Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The J. McGregor Adams Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of J. McGregor Adams

Chicago businessman.

J. McGregor Adams (1834-1904) was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and educated at Andover. In 1858 he came to Chicago to represent a hardware company, and soon afterward became associated with John Crerar, with whom he established the firm of Crerar, Adams & Co. After the death of John Crerar Adams changed the name to Adams & Westlake Company.

Adams lived in Highland Park, Illinois, and passed away at his home on Sept. 17, 1904.


1.2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Chicago businessman J. McGregor Adams, president of the Adams & Westlake Company, previously named Crerar, Adams & Co. Incoming correspondence (bulk 1901-1904) mostly concerns real estate matters; Outgoing correspondence are mainly in a letterpress copybook, for which only No. 6 (1890-1893) exists.


Incoming Correspondence arranged alphabetically; outgoing correspondence in letterpress copybook arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 37 4


Discovered among Pullman Railroad Company material and separated.

Processed by

Alison Hinderliter, 2020.
Inventory of the J. McGregor Adams Papers, 1889-1904
Alison Hinderliter
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States