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Frank P. Adams (born circa 1886) Papers

Frank P. Adams (born circa 1886) Papers

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FRANK P. ADAMS (born circa 1886) PAPERS, 1951-1975





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Adams, Frank P., b. circa 1886
Title:Frank P. Adams (born circa 1886) Papers
Dates:1951/1975
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Frank P. Adams papers contain correspondence from Robert B. Applebee to Adams, in addition to some miscellaneous items such as Adams' writing and research notes.
Collection Number:MH 27

Series List

SERIES I. Correspondence
SERIES II. Other

Scope and Content Note

The Frank P. Adams papers contain correspondence from Robert B. Applebee to Adams, in addition to some miscellaneous items such as Adams' writing and research notes. This collection has been divided into two series.


Series I. Correspondence contains correspondence from Robert B. Applebee to Adams, discussing research and topics relating to maritime history, in addition to some personal details. There are also a few notes included within the correspondence; however, it is unclear whether the notes belonged to Adams or Applebee. Because of the correspondence is from Applebee, it contains a large amount of information about his research, daily activities, and family. The materials have been arranged in chronological order.


Series II. Other contains an extract from Adams' article "Shipbuilding at Lubec, Maine" from the Herald Magazine. Also included are lists of vessels built in Lubec, postcards from Maine, and materials about the Hale Reservation in Westwood, Massachusetts.


Biographical Sketch

Frank P. Adams was born in 1886. He lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in the late 1950s, and Beverly, Massachusetts in 1962. He had a sister, Maude, who lived in Bangor, Maine. He was married to Alice M. Adams, and it is possible that they had a son, Frank Jr., as Frank (born 1886) is addressed as Frank Sr. Adams appears to have been researching shipbuilding in New England during the time period during the time this collection covers; he often conducted research at the Peabody Museum.


During his research, Adams often contacted Robert B. Applebee (1885-1979), with whom he traded ship information. Applebee was a former United States Customs worker, avid maritime history collector, and a member of the Nautical Research Guild. Applebee often received visits from scholars who wished to do research using his collections. In fact, he was known for his outstanding private library and was recognized as an authority on maritime history, happily sharing his knowledge of the subject with the world community (Maine Maritime Museum). He was a trustee and historian at the Penobscot Marine Museum. He lived in Stockton Springs, Maine, at the time of his exchanges with Adams.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Shipbuilding
Ships--History
United States--Maine

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Frank P. Adams (born circa 1886) Papers, MH 27, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, December 2014.


Related Material

Adams, Frank P. Notes on the Maritime History of Lubec, Maine. Salem, MA: American Neptune, 1964.


Applebee, Robert B. Sailing Ship History: A Talk to the Masonic Lodge Searsport, Maine. Searsport, ME: Penobscot Marine Museum, 1956.


Applebee, Robert B. Sailing Vessels Built in the Penobscot River Towns in Maine: Compiled by Towns and Collectively from Various Sources. 1938 (typescript).


Applebee, Robert B. Some Castine, Maine Vessels. (typescript).


Applebee, Robert B. Vessels Built in St. Andrews, N.B. and St. Stephen, N.B.: Compiled from Various Sources. 1938 (typescript).


Applebee, Robert B. 200 Sailing Vessels of the Portland-Falmouth Customs District and the Builders. 1942 (typescript).


Maine Maritime Museum. "Applebee, Robert B. (1885-1979): Historical Note." Accessed December 19, 2014. http://bit.ly/1w1YIrA


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