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Frederick J. Adams papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0307

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal and professional papers of Frederick J. Adams, a professor of the Department of Architecture, and later the Department of City and Regional Planning at MIT. A small number of reports and administrative records of the MIT Department of City and Regional Planning, 1937-1969, and its successor, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, are included in the collection.


  • Creation: 1931 - 1978


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical Note

Frederick Johnstone Adams (1901- 1979) studied at the Architectural Association School in London, 1921-1925, and received a BArch 1928, Columbia University. He was a city planner and professor of city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Architecture and the Department of City and Regional Planning, 1932-1964, where he was in charge of the first professional course in city planning at MIT and later served as head of the department, 1944-1957. Adams was also active in professional organizations including the American Institute of Planners, as a consultant, and served as chair of the Cambridge Planning Board.


0.6 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Guide to the Papers of Frederick J. Adams
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 October 25: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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