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Consists primarily of papers of Bristow Adams (1875-1957), journalist, professor, forester, and illustrator. Correspondence, published and unpublished articles, press releases, illustrations, newspapers, pamphlets, clippings, posters, and periodicals document his journalistic career beginning with his early work on The Pathfinder (1894-1895), a current affairs weekly published in Washington, D.C., of which he was a co-founder and associate editor, and including editorial responsibilities on Stanford University student publications, The Daily Palo Alto, The Stanford Sequoia, and a college humor magazine, The Stanford Chapparal, of which he was a founder; work on Washington, D.C. journals, Washington Life, American Spectator, and Forestry and Irrigation; his work as publications program director for the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University (1914-1945); and his editorship of Cornell Plantations (1944-1957). Also documenting his student years are sketches of fur seals and other drawings done in the Pribilof Islands while he was an artist for the Bering Sea Fur Seal Commission (1897); lecture notes, essays, and college memorabilia; and many letters to his mother, Ada G. Harrison Adams. Numerous photographs document his work for the United States Forest Service (1906-1914).

Other activities while Adams was at Cornell are evidenced by teaching materials from his courses in journalism and conservation of natural resources; photographs of the Cornell track team, for which he was faculty advisor for twenty-five years; student publications, The Delicate Brown and The Cornell Widow, for which he was faculty advisor; scripts for radio programs regularly broadcast on WGY, Schenectady, NY, or WHCU, Ithaca, NY; and many speeches and creative writings, poetry, jokes, plays and short stories. Also include many drawings, paintings, and scrapbooks of clippings (1908-1956) chronicling his life, including his brief tenure as director of the WPA writers' project in New York and his participation in municipal politics as an alderman and, on occasion, acting mayor of Ithaca, NY (1946-1954). His numerous correspondents include Henry G. Alsberg, Margaret Bourke-White, Sherwin Cody, Charles Collingwood, Edmund Ezra Day, A.W. Gibson, David B. Greenberg, Lester W. Herzog, David Starr Jordan, Russell Lord, Deane W. Malott, Albert R. Mann, Gifford Pinchot, Anastasia J. Romanoff, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Harold M. Schmeck, Jr., Jacob Gould Schurman, William Howard Taft, Robert E. Treman, Peter Vischer, E.B. White, and Lee A. White. His family life is reflected by extensive correspondence with his wife, Luella Farmer Adams, and many other family members (1880-1957) and family photoprints.

This collection also contains papers of Adams' father, Crawford Cadwallader Adams (1839-85), primarily concerning his Civil War service in the 14th Ohio Infantry, but also including his certificate of appointment as a Special Agent of the Treasury Department (1877) and a journal containing excerpts from his correspondence with his future wife, Ada G. Harrison; and papers of Elmer E. Farmer Creighton (1878-1928), electrical engineer, primarily letters from his mother, Eleanor Creighton Farmer, brothers, Fred B. Farmer and Clyde C. Farmer, sister, Luella Farmer Adams, friends, and professional colleagues written to him while he was studying and teaching at Stanford University (1891-1897, 1901), participating in the Bering Sea Fur Seal Commission expedition to the Pribilof Islands (1897), studying at the Sorbonne in Paris (1898-1900), and working for the Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company, Pittsfield, MA (1901-1904) and for the General Electric Company and Union College, Schenectady, NY (1904-1927), after the Stanley Company became part of General Electric; also includes letters from others to his mother, who lived with him during the 1920's, technical notes, clippings, information concerning a gold mine he operated, and college memorabilia.

Includes correspondence of Bristow Adams while he was a member of the Bering Sea Fur Seal Commission.

Also, eighteen Ivy League athletic posters drawn by Adams.

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