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Elizabeth Fisher Adams Collection

Identifier: SCA-075

Scope and Contents

The Bulk of this collection focuses on Elizabeth Adams' involvement in the WWII relief effort, as well as documenting her years at Skidmore College. It is recorded that Elizabeth Adams organized her files in 1989 for their donation to Skidmore College in 1997. The personal papers organized by Adams have been mostly kept in their original order. Other Folders, (example 36-42) were created because of the stray papers in between files. An effort has been made to keep their original placement in the series. Photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings have been organized chronologically. But in the case of the photographs, some have been filed under their professional photographer. Miscellaneous items have been organized by the genre of item.


  • 1914 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Please contact the library’s Special Collections department.

Phone: (518) 580-5506


Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Fisher Adams was born on June 23, 1906 to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Adams. She attended the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated in 1925. She then attended Skidmore College and graduated with the class of 1929.

During her time at Skidmore College, Adams achieved Junior honors in 1928, was published numerous times in the Skidmore Quarterly, won the English prize for creative work, and wrote a play titled “Chez L' art,” presented by Omnibus at Skidmore. In June of 1929 Elizabeth Adams graduated from Skidmore, with plans to attend Yale for a masters in English. She spent one year at Yale, and moved on to teach at the Park School, in Brookline Mass from 1931-39.

In 1940 she began training for a position as an ambulance driver for Ann Morgan's war aid organization in France. Adams worked on the Belgian front from 1940- 1941, and was awarded the Croix de Geurre for her services. She returned to the United States as a speaker for the Committee to Defend America and gave a speaking tour through New England. In 1942 Adams joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. (W.A.A.C.). She was appointed third officer and worked in the public relations office in Ft. Des Moines, Ohio. In 1943 Adams received an Honorable Discharge from W.A.A.C. because of a back injury.

In 1945 Adams returned to France to work with American Aid To France (A.A.T.F.). She was stationed in St. Die and Corcieux in the Vosges mountains. Here she was occupied with organization of the relief effort for six towns in the area. In 1948 Adams was awarded the Medal of the Reconnaissance Francaise for her work with the Friendship train food distribution program. In 1949 Adams left France to return to the Unites States. On Oct. 14, 1990 Elizabeth Adams died.


5 Cubic Feet (Collection includes 13 boxes of varying sizes, eight framed pieces, and one shadowbox containing medals.)

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Repository Details

Part of the Scribner Library Archives, Skidmore College Repository