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Paul J. Adams Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2306

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.

Dates

  • 1921-2016

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet

Abstract

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.

Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Jay Adams (1901- 1985) was a noted naturalist, malacologist, florist, mason, weaver, and mountain climber. He and his wife Maxine Day Adams ran the Alpine Nursery and a landscaping business from 1945 to 1961, when Paul retired due to arthritis. With Manley Barber, he assembled the largest Tennessee Mollusca collection in existence. Also, Adams built the first cabin on Mount Le Conte and the first camp there for rangers of the Campion Fibre Company. He was a member of the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, East Tennessee Ornithological Association, and Smoky Mountain Conservation Association, for whom he built the second cabin on Mount Le Conte to guide park rangers when the Great Smoky Mountains was considered for a national park in 1926. Since 1918 until his death in 1985, Adams kept a diary, detailing species and specimen he saw or collected in the forest, including maps, photographs, and field notes.

Arrangement

Collection consists of three folders.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated by Theodosia Sister Moore in December 2003.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to view the Ilene Jones Cornwell Collection, MS.2054, which has many field notes, correspondence with, and documents from or relating to Paul J. Adams. Cornwell helped to edit Adams' unpublished book Cumberland Jack, information for which can be found in this collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480