Paul J. Adams Papers
This collection, the Paul J. Adams Papers, 1921-2016, is composed of early notes and manuscripts, correspondence from Paul J. Adams to Mrs. Arnold C. Moore (Theodosia Sister Moore), and a couple of items concerning Paul J. Adams' influence on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The collection relates to Adams and his 50th Anniversary hike up Mount LeConte in July 1975. In a letter to Moore, he discussed his memories throughout the years on Mount LeConte with friends and park rangers and with various nature societies. Also included is an article about the event, Adams' business card, a couple of photographs, and two signed copies of his book, Mt. LeConte.
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This collection, the Paul J. Adams Papers, 1921-2016, is composed of early notes and manuscripts, correspondence from Paul J. Adams to Mrs. Arnold C. Moore (Theodosia Sister Moore), and a couple of items concerning Paul J. Adams' influence on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The collection includes copies of Adams' book Mt. LeConte and relates to Adams and his 50th Anniversary hike up Mount LeConte in July 1975.
Paul Jay Adams is perhaps best known for his Mt. LeConte (1968) and the collection of Tennessee mollusca (acknowledged as the largest in existence) that he assembled with Manley Barber. Adams was born on September 4, 1901. In 1924, he became a charter member of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and of the Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. Several years later, he served as a guide for members of the National Park Commission who had been assigned to evaluate the Great Smoky Mountains as a possible park site. He and his wife, Maxine Day Adams, established Alpine Floral Gardens in Alpine, Tennessee in 1934 but quickly relocated to Crab Orchard as their business grew. The couple moved to Oak Ridge in 1943 so that Paul Adams could work as the superintendent of fire prevention and safety for the Atomic Energy Commission but returned to Crab Orchard immediately after the end of World War II. After Paul Adams retired in 1961, he and his wife developed and operated a thriving weaving business. Adams died on February 2, 1985 in Crab Orchard.
Collection consists of three folders.
Collection was donated by Theodosia Sister Moore in December 2003.
Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA