Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr.

Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr.
Born (1910-03-28)March 28, 1910
Greenwich, Connecticut
Died January 7, 2001(2001-01-07) (aged 90)
Nationality United States
Education Yale University, (1932)
Occupation Pierpont Morgan Library director
Known for bibliophile
Board member of Yale University Press
Spouse(s) Ruth Potter (m. 1933), Betty Abbott (m. 1941), Marie-Luise Natalie Engelberta Ludmilla Nancy Julie, Prinzessin von Croÿ (m. 1969)
Parent(s) Frederick Baldwin Adams
Ellen Walters Delano

Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. (March 28, 1910 – January 7, 2001) was an American bibliophile and the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City from 1938–1969.

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, the son of Ellen Walters Delano (a first cousin of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and Frederick Baldwin Adams, he married his third wife on July 23, 1969, the Swedish princess Marie-Luise Natalie Engelberta Ludmilla Nancy Julie, Prinzessin von Croÿ, daughter of Nancy Louise Leishman and Karl Rudolf Engelbert Phillipp Leo, Herzog von Croÿ.

He was Director Emeritus of the Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York City), 1948–69; President, 1959–71, Governing Board 1952–, Yale University Press; Member, Yale Corporation, 1964–71; Yale University Council, 1949–58 and President of the New-York Historical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1954.[1] He was president of the Grolier Club, 1947–1951.

Adams graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Yale University in 1932,[2] where he was a member of Skull and Bones[3] He amassed one of the largest personal holdings of works by authors Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost, as well as one of the leading collections of Karl Marx and left-wing Americana. Adams resigned from the Morgan Library and moved to Paris with his wife after their marriage. There he served at president of the Association Internationale de Bibliophile, the most prestigious organization of bibliophiles in the world. His own collection was dispersed at Sotheby's in London, November 6–7, 2001.



  1. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  2. "Frederick Adams, 90, Morgan Library Director: Both expanding a great collection and making it more accessible.". The New York Times. January 25, 2001. pp. B9.
  3. "Yale Tap Day Critic Accepts Election". The New York Times. May 15, 1931. p. 3.
  4. Adams, F. B., Rogers, B., Overbrook Press., & Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress). (1939). Radical literature in America: An address. Stamford, Conn: Overbrook Press.
  5. Adams, F. B. (1964). An introduction to the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York.
  6. Adams, F. B., & Baskin, L. (1968). Homage to the book. New York: Westvaco.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/10/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.