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John Adams Jr., Photographs

Identifier: MS-0514

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs of John Adams Jr. as part of the Nebraska Legislature and Kappa Alpha Psi, certificates of election to the legislature and qualifications as an attorney, photographs and an obituary of his wife Constance Bell Singleton Adams, and a newspaper clipping with cartoons of John Adams Jr. with the senators from Nebraska.


  • circa 1918-1941, 2004
  • Majority of material found within circa 1929-1941

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the papers or their designees. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

John Adams Jr. (1906-1999) worked as a lawyer and served as a Republican politician, and a member of the unicameral Nebraska Legislature. Adams was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and lived in Omaha, Nebraska, after 1923. Adams attended the University of Nebraska, receiving his BA in 1927, when 21 African American students graduated from the university. He graduated from the Law School in 1929, being the only African American student in that class. Adams also served as president for two campus student organizations, Semper Fidelis in 1926 and Kappa Alpha Psi in 1929. Adams served in the last session of the Nebraska House of Representatives and as the only African American member of the Nebraska unicameral's first session in 1937. He left the unicameral in 1941.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 OS folder)

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Finding aid prepared by Sarah Glover, 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States