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Myron W. Adams records

 Collection — Box: 59-60
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0019

Scope and contents

The Myron W. Adams record is the sixth series in the Atlanta University President records.

This collection contains the administrative records and correspondence of Myron Winslow Adams, clergyman and fourth president of Atlanta University. The records are divided into three series: Trustee records, Academic records, and Atlanta University Alumni Association Papers. The trustee records consist mainly of reports submitted to the Executive and Finance Committees of the Atlanta University Board of Trustees by Adams. These reports cover subjects connected with the operations of the University such as the budget, curricula, and improvements to the appearance of the campus. The Academic Papers and Records consist of class schedules, curricula outlines, grade reports, examinations, student rosters, and correspondence of the Director of the Summer Sessions. The last division of this collection relates to the Atlanta University Alumni Association's efforts to raise money for the University's Endowment Campaign.


  • Creation: 1882, 1902-1932
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1902-1932


Rights Statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright and/or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information, please contact

Biographical note

Although not formally elected President of Atlanta University until 1923, Dr. Myron Winslow Adams unofficially began his term in 1919, at the time of the illness of President Edward Twichell Ware. Adams was the first person to be elected to the presidency who (1) was not a Yale graduate; and (2) possessed an earned doctorate degree. He was the last President of Atlanta University as an undergraduate institution. Born 27 November 1860, in Gilsum, New Hampshire, Adams acquired an A.B. from Dartmouth in 1881 and Ph.D. from Hartford Theological Seminary in 1895. He came to Atlanta University as Professor of Greek in 1889, served as Dean for twenty-seven years, and Acting President for four years. In addition to the discontinuance of all high school work in the institution during the Adams administration, courses in business and finance were added, Summer School sessions were introduced, and the first classes after regular school hours were held. Also during the Adams administration, significant steps were taken to link Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College in a cooperative plan known as the Atlanta University System. Under this plan, Atlanta University discontinued all undergraduate work and devoted its resources to graduate and professional education, while Morehouse and Spelman operated on a college level.

Historical note

Seventy-two days following the end of the Civil War, the American Missionary Association (A.M.A.) began formal educational work for African Americans in Atlanta. Edmund Asa Ware, the Educational Director of the A.M.A. in Georgia, promoted the idea of establishing a university to provide educational opportunity for the recently freed slaves and refugees of the war. Atlanta University opened on 13 October 1869.

The University offered training fro students of all ages including kindergarten, grade school, normal industrial, academy and college. In 1894, all pre-high school level work ceased, and during the first two decades of the twentieth century, the University phased out its high school courses. In 1929, Atlanta University affiliated with Morehouse and Spelman in a cooperative plan known as the Atlanta University System. Among the features of this system was a division of labor between the schools to eliminate unnecessary duplication of educational efforts. Under this plan, the University discontinued all undergraduate work and devoted its resources to graduate and professional education, while Morehouse and Spelman operated on college level.

The Atlanta University Schools of Social Work, Library and Information Studies, Arts and Sciences, Education, Business Administration, and Library Services were all established between 1920 and 1946. On 1 July 1988, Atlanta University and Clark College consolidated to form Clark Atlanta University.


1.25 Linear feet

Language of Materials



The collection is divided into three series. Each series is arranged chronologically.

Myron W. Adams records, 1882, 1902-1932
Finding aid prepared by Clarence Brown, Joy Broyles, Paul Crater, Wilson Flemister, Jean Smith, and Dawn Williams, 1998.
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Repository Details

Part of the AUC Institutional Records Repository