MC:F57 Papers of Arthur Adams (Fellow 1949-79)
Reverend Arthur Adams (1912-1997) attended Sheffield University, receiving a First Class BA in English in 1935 and an MA in 1936. Adams attended Ripon Hall, Oxford and went on to fill religious offices at Christ Church and in various parishes and infirmaries around the country.
In 1938 Adams became Chaplain and Tutor at Ripon Hall and in 1948 he became Lecturer in Theology at Queen’s College, Birmingham. In 1949 Adams became a Fellow of Magdalen College and was elected Dean of Divinity. He retained this office until 1975 and was a Fellow of the College until 1979. Adams produced several theological publications. He died in 1997.
This collection contains various papers and ephemera in Adams’s possession at the time of his death. Much of the collection relates to past and contemporary members of the College and College staff. The collection also contains assorted photographs and ephemera relating to the College, with some items relating specifically to the College Chapel and choir.
This collection comes from various donations. The provenance of MC:F57/MS3/1 is unknown. MC:F57/X1/1 was added to the archives as Acc. No. 97/254 in October 1997. The following were added to the archives as Acc. No. 98/134 in July 1998: MC:F57/MS1/2, MC:F57/MS2/1-2, MC:F57/MS3/2-4, MC:F57/MS4/5, MC:F57/MS5/1-4, MC:F57/P3/1-2, and MC:F57/P5/1-6. The following were added to the archives as Acc. No. 00/127 in June 2000: MC:F57/MS1/1, MC:F57/MS4/1-4 & 6, MC:F57/MS6/1, MC:F57/MS7/1-2, MC:F57/P1/1-5, MC:F57/P2/1-3, MC:F57/P3/3, MC:F57/P4/1-2, MC:F57/C1/1, and MC:F57/N1/1-10. All these three accessions were given to the archives by Adams’s widow.
Catalogued in November 2009 by Emily Brown.
The Adams papers are divided into the following series:
MC:F57/MS1 Papers relating to J. M. Thompson (Fellow 1904-38)
MC:F57/MS2 Papers relating to Thomas Boase (President 1947-68)
MC:F57/MS3 Papers relating to C. E. “Tom Brown” Stevens (Fellow 1933-72)
MC:F57/MS4 Papers relating to Hugh Sinclair (Fellow 1937-80)
MC:F57/MS5 Papers relating to other Magdalen Fellows and Staff
MC:F57/MS6 Personal Accounts of Magdalen Fellows
MC:F57/MS7 Items relating to Magdalen Chapel and Choir
MC:F57/P1 Photographs relating to Thomas Boase’s installation as Vice-Chancellor
MC:F57/P2 Photographs relating to Hugh Sinclair
MC:F57/P3 Miscellaneous Photographs of Magdalen Fellows
MC:F57/P4 Miscellaneous Photographs of Magdalen Staff
MC:F57/P5 Photographs of Magdalen College
MC:F57/C1 Assorted Correspondence
MC:F57/X1 Assorted Ephemera
MC:F57/N1 Assorted Newspaper Cuttings