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Frank R. Adams papers

Identifier: Ax 527

Scope and Contents note

The Frank Ramsay Adams Papers consist of manuscripts of published and unpublished short stories, of musical comedies written with William M. Hough and Joseph E. Howard; of plays, motion picture scripts, treatments, continuities, and scenarios; a collection of published stories and books; published sheet music; scrapbooks; and correspondence. Major correspondents are: Chambrun and Margulies (agents), Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marian deForest (agent), First National Pictures, Fox Film Corp., William M. Hough, Joseph E. Howard, Miriam Meredith (agent), Frank A. Munsey Co., Paramount Famous Lasky Corp, Red Book Magazine, Paul R. Reynolds (agent), RKO Studios, Smart Set Magazine, Universal Pictures Corp., and Jerry Vogel (Vogel Music Co.).


  • 1908-1955


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

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

Frank Adams was born in Morrison, Illinois in 1883 and educated at the University of Chicago. He began a writing career as a newspaper reporter in Chicago. From 1918 to 1932 he was manager of the Playhouse Theater and owner of the Sylvan Beach Resort Co., Whitehall, Michigan. He had stories published in many magazines, including Smart Set, Cosmopolitan, Black Cat, and Illustrated Detective. He also wrote plays, musical comedies, motion picture scripts, and lyrics for popular songs ("I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?").


22.5 linear feet (18 containers) : 18 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Frank Ramsay Adams (1883-1963) was a writer for magazines, film, and television. He also wrote music. The collection contains correspondence, literary manuscripts, sheet music, and selected publications.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Story Manuscripts Early Musical Comedies Plays Motion Pictures Scripts Correspondence Published Works Miscellaneous

Other Finding Aids note

Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Lorna M. Adams in 1969.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff.

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA