Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. letters
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Randolph Greenfield Adams (1892 –1951), notable American librarian and historian, served as director of the William L. Clements Library, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for 28 years. Adams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Stokes and Heloise (Root) Adams. In 1917, he married Helen Newbold Spiller, and in 1920 became a Carnegie Fellow in international law, earning his Ph.D. in history. In 1923 Adams was interviewed by William L. Clements for the director of the new library he was founding, the William L. Clements Library, a rare book and manuscript repository at the University of Michigan. Though he had no background or training as a librarian, his extensive historical scholarship and personal background in rare books helped him earn the post until his death in 1951.
University of Michigan. "History of the William L. Clements Library." Accessed Augsut 27, 2015. http://clements.umich.edu/history8.php.
Kaser, David. "Adams, Randolph Greenfield". In Dictionary of American Library Biography, ed. Bohdan S. Wynar, George S. Bobinski, and Jesse Hauk Shera. (Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1978), 2–3. Accessed August 27, 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randolph_Greenfield_Adams.
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