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Lee J. Adamson papers

Identifier: Coll 086

Scope and Contents note

The Adamson Papers largely contain correspondence, writings, and subject files. The bulk of the papers consists of correspondence which includes approximately 10,000 incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, and notes. Arranged chronologically, the correspondence spans from 1954 to 1969, with a concentration in the years between 1960 and 1967. Much of the correspondence concerns the national and international issues of the 1960s, such as the conflict of Vietnam, civil rights, and Soviet-American relations. A great deal of the correspondence is about conservative and anti-communist individuals and activities. Among those individuals represented in the collections are Pedro A. del Valle, William E. Fort, Jr., Phyllis Schlafly, and Robert Welch.

In addition, Adamson corresponded with several Washington State and national politicians including Jack Westland and Warren G. Magnuson. A number of civic organizations also are represented in the correspondence such as the John Birch Society, the Church League of America, Housewives Organized for Better Living, and Mothers' Crusade for Victory over Communism. Letters from Madame Suzanne Labin (a French socialist and anti-communist) and Bryton Barron mainly concern the editing and publication of Labin's manuscripts regarding Vietnam and communist activities in the United States and around the world. Very little is revealed about Adamson's personal life in the correspondence.

Many of Adamson's writings are contained in the papers. About 1,00 articles and essays, including the "Liberty Line" commentaries, are arranged alphabetically by title. A partial list of these writings is filed in the first folder of the series. The writings chiefly concern the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, United States' involvement in Southeast Asia, race relations, urban upheaval, and various social and political issues and personalities. Untitled items, rough drafts, and notes follow the titled items. Editorial letters written by Adamson between 1959 and 1968 are arranged chronologically and follow his other writings.

Adamson's papers also include manuscripts of speeches and writings by other individuals. About 1, 500 items, mainly written during the 1960s are arranged alphabetically by the authors' last manes and then by titles. The subjects coverd are similar in nature to those discussed in Adamson's writings. Among the many authors represented are: Betty Ann Dobisah (a John Birch Society member), Suzanne Labin, Phyllis Schlafly, and Lawrence Timbers.

The subject files, for the most part, have retained the original folder titles assigned by Adamson. Arranged alphabetically by title, they contain general reference materials about individuals, organizations, and diverse subjects ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to South Africa. Correspondence in the subject files was removed to the general correspondence series.

Other material in Adamson's papers includes mailing lists, photographs, broadsides, and graphic charts concerning the Liberty Amendment and taxes. The photographs included several pictures of Adamson, Eric D. Butler (an Australian writer and speaker), Suzanne Labin, Jack Matcalf with his family, and others. The broadsides concern the Liberty Amendment, anti-communism, and other conservative issues.


  • 1954-1969


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Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Lee J. Adamson, Bellingham Washington certified public accountant, conservative activist, speaker, and writer, was born December 21, 1906 in Seneca, Kansas. In 1919, his parents move their family to a homestead in the Shoshone Basin in northwest Wyoming. Adamson attended the University of Wyoming for tow years as a engineering student before transferring to the University of Washington where he receive his BA degree in education in 1929, with a concentration in economics.

In 1933, Adamson accepted active duty under his Reserve commission as camp officer, and later camp commander, with the Civilian Conservation Corps. After he left the Corps in 1937, he undertook several jobs until 1946 when he opened an office as a public accountant in Bellingham, Washington. In 1951, Adamson qualified as a certified public accountant. He sold his practice in 1966 and subsequently engaged in a limited accounting practice.

Adamson was active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the Committee on Pan-American Policy, and American for Constitutional Action. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Committee for Voluntary Unionism, Inc., and as a trustee for the Committee for Voluntary Unionism, Inc. In addition, Adamson was an organizer and secretary for the Citizens Defense Fund, which was formed to raise funds for those "patriots" who had become involved in litigation. As a member of the John Birch Society from 1959 to 1967, Adamson served as volunteer coordinator and section leader in Bellingham, Washington.

Adamson's writing we numerous and varied. He wrote a periodic commentary about national and international affairs titled "Liberty Line" which was published in Rank and File (Portland, Ore.). He also frequently submitted editorials that appeared in such newspapers as the Borger (Texas) News-Harold and the Manchester (New Hampshire) Union Leader, as well as other newspapers and journals. He co-authored the article, " Punched Card Accounting for Small Business," ( Journal of Accountancy, December, 1961) and the handbook Accountants' Data Processing Services (Ronald Press Company, 1964). In addition, Adamson edited two books, Vietnam: An Eyewitness Account (1964) and Techniques of Soviet Propaganda (1965), and a pamphlet entitled "Embassies of Subversion" (February, 1965), all of which were written by Madame Suzanne Labin, founder and president of the International Conference of Political Warfare.

Further biographical information about Lee J. Adamson is not available.


21.51 linear feet (44 containers)

Language of Materials



Lee J. Adamson (1906-?) was a certified public accountant, conservative activist, speaker and writer. The collection includes correspondence, articles and essays, editorial letter, speeches and writings by others, subject files and mailing lists. There also includes free-standing volumes and a package with posters and a certificate award.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Biographical MaterialCorrespondenceArticles and EssaysEditorial LettersSpeeches and Writings by othersSubject FilesMailing ListsOversizedPhotographs

Other Finding Aids

See the Collective Name Index to the Research Collection of Conservative and Libertarian Studies for a cross-referenced index to names of correspondents in this collection, if any, and 37 related University of Oregon collections, including dates of correspondence. See index instructions on use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Lee J. Adamson in 1981.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Cynthia Crouch, Manuscripts Processor, January 1985.

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