John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection


John and Jane Adams Autograph

San Diego State University
Library and Information Access
Adams, John R., 1900-1994 -- Art collections ; Adams, Jane Ford -- Art collections ; Autograph albums -- United States – Specimens ; Autograph albums -- Private collections -- California -- San Diego
This collection consists of 29 late Victorian autograph albums. Autograph albums, also known as charm albums, forget-me-not albums, or memory books, were a popular pastime in America during the second half of the nineteenth century. These albums were small blank books that were sometimes decorated with attractive chromolithographs or engravings, or colored paper. Friends, acquaintances, and family would write brief sentimental verses (often original) or wishes of remembrance to the owner of the album. The inscriber would often sign with a flourish or draw or color a picture to make his or her entry unique and memorable. These albums were often also used to keep pressed flowers, locks of hair, bits of ephemera, and photographs.
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Collection Size:
1.67 linear feet
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Citation Sample:
Identification of item, folder title, box number, John and Jane Adams Autograph Album Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection policy:
This collection is open for research. The copyright interests in the materials found in this collection have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder.