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John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth president of the United States, serving from 1825-1829. He had a long career in public service, including positions such as American statesman and diplomat, ambassador to foreign nations, and United States Senator and House Representative from Massachusetts. He was the son of John Adams, the second president of the United States. Adams was a strong supporter of social reform, with some of the areas of specific interest being public education, abolition, and temperance. A number of the pamphlets in this collection represent his thoughts on these issues.

This collection consists of published pamphlets of speeches and writings, mostly authored by John Quincy Adams, his father John Adams, and Timothy Pickering, an adversary of both John and John Quincy Adams. The bulk of the collection is arranged in specialty boxes made for the pamphlets, with each box representing a specific theme.