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Adams mss., 1912-1981

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Adams, Reily Gibson, 1911-

Adams mss., 1912-1981

Collection No.
LMC 1005

97 items

Materials are in English.

The Adams mss., 1912-1981, consist of letters, photographs, and writings by and about Booth Tarkington, author of Indianapolis and Kennebunkport, Maine, collected by Reily Gibson Adams, whose wife was a relative of Tarkington.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Reily C. Adams was a corporation official of Indianapolis.


Arranged in the following series: I. Biographical material, II. Correspondence, III. Photographs, IV. Writings.

Scope and Content Note

Biographical materials include clippings and printed matter about Tarkington. The correspondence spans the period from 1917 to 1981 and includes letters of Tarkington, his friends and relatives, as well as those of Adams. Photographs of Tarkington number twenty, ranging from childhood to old age, alone and in groups. Other photographs are those of his wife, Susanah (Keifer) Robinson Tarkington, and their families; the homes and boat of Tarkington; and Elizabeth Trotter, his secretary.

Two prose pieces by Tarkington, entitled "Peter" (Apr. 1942) and "Why the Solid South?" (Nov. 8, 1944), and two undated poems are filed with the correspondence as well as an undated poem by Mrs. Tarkington. The writings are biographical accounts of Tarkington by relatives Susanah (Jameson) Mayberry in 1979 (published as My amiable uncle in 1983 by Purdue University Press) and Eleanor Adams Linsmith in 1981.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1983
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Adams mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Box 1 Biographical materials, 1912-1981

(4 folders)

Correspondence, 1917-1981

(4 folders)

Box 2 Photographs: Tarkington, Booth

Photographs: Tarkington, Susanah (Keifer) Robinson

Photographs: Tarkington and Jameson families

Photographs: Tarkington homes and boat

Photographs: Trotter, Elizabeth

Photographs: Unidentified

Mayberry, Susanah (Jameson). My Amiable Uncle. Ch. 1-6. 1979

Mayberry, Susanah (Jameson). My Amiable Uncle. Ch. 7-13. 1979

Mayberry, Susanah (Jameson). My Amiable Uncle. Ch. 14-16. 1979

Mayberry, Susanah (Jameson). My Amiable Uncle. Conclusion. Bibliography. 1979

Linsmith, Eleanor Adams. "Booth Tarkington." Handwritter 6th grade class easy. 1981