Overview

Title: Eva Bertrand Adams Papers
Creator(s): Adams, Eva Bertrand, 1908-1991
Collection Number: 82-11
Dates (inclusive): 1920-1983
Physical Extent: 30.0 cubic feet (31 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Eva Bertrand Adams papers, 82-11. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/82-11-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Eva Bertrand Adams was born in Wonder, Nevada in 1908. She attended schools in Reno and graduated from the University of Nevada in 1928. After teaching for several years in southern Nevada, Miss Adams attended Columbia University in New York City and received a Master's degree in English in 1936.

She was on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1940, when Nevada Senator Pat McCarran invited her to join his staff in Washington, D.C. She subsequently became his Administrative Assistant and remained in that position until Senator McCarran's death in 1954. During this period, Eva Adams received an LL.B. degree at the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C. and a Master's degree in law from George Washington University. She became a member of the Nevada and District of Columbia bars and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court in 1954.

Following Senator McCarran's death, Miss Adams remained as Administrative Assistant to Senator Ernest Brown who was appointed to succeed McCarran. She continued as Administrative Assistant to Senator Alan Bible who was elected U.S. Senator from Nevada in 1954.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Eva Adams Director of the U.S. Mint. She was re-appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 and remained in that position until 1969. In addition to her professional and official posts in Washington, Miss Adams served on the boards of directors of several corporations and foundations and for a time was a consultant to the Chairman of the Board of Mutual of Omaha. She continued these activities after retirement from the Mint in 1969.

In 1963, Eva Adams received a Distinguished Nevadan Award at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1982, she completed an oral history entitled "Windows of Washington, Nevada Education, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Mint." She returned to live in Reno, Nevada, in the early 1970s where she died on August 23, 1991.

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Scope and Content

The Eva Bertrand Adams Papers have been divided into four series reflecting the three segments of Eva Adams' life represented in these papers.

Included in the first group are papers generated from the Senatorial offices of Pat McCarran, 1936-1954; Ernest Brown, 1954; and Alan Bible, 1954-1960. Material from the McCarran era dominates the group and includes Senator McCarran's papers as well as those of Eva Adams, his Administrative Assistant. Office files, financial records, political material, subject and personal name files, Las Vegas Sun court case material, news clippings, scrapbooks, and memorabilia are contained in twelve boxes.

Materials generated during Eva Adams' time as Administrative Assistant to Senator Ernest Brown and to Senator Alan Bible are contained in one box. Senator Brown's term, October 1954-January 1955, is represented in two folders. Papers from the Bible office, 1954-1960, are in twenty-six folders, a large portion of which concern his 1956 senatorial campaign.

The second group contains Eva Adams' papers from her term as Director of the U. S. Mint, 1961-1969. These include correspondence, reports, studies, press releases, speeches, statements, new clippings, and several scrapbooks. U. S. Mint material is contained in three boxes, two of which hold scrapbooks compiled by Miss Adams recording special events and newspaper articles relating to the U. S. Mint. Many photograph albums depicting U. S. Mint activities and ceremonies are in the collection and are stored separately.

The third group contains Eva Adams' personal papers and collections, 1920-1983. These include personal correspondence and financial materials, as well as material relating to business involvements, special interests, activities and organizations. Also in this group are papers from Eva Adams' youth, including school, university and law school material; family and personal memorabilia; scrapbooks; printed material; books; photographs; and three dimensional items. Personal papers are stored in nine boxes.

The fourth group of materials are similar to, and follow the arrangement of, Groups 1-3 but could not be interfiled because of the volume of material. It consists of McCarran office files, Miss Adams' personal papers, and her professional papers. They date from 1924-1982 and are contained in four boxes.

Original folder headings, created by Miss Adams, have been maintained and appear throughout the collection, except in Group 4, Series 3, where some headings were supplied by the manuscript processor.

The collection contains many awards and three-dimensional mementos presented to Miss Adams. They are stored in six boxes and several oversize packages.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers donated by Eva B. Adams in December 1981, accessioned as 82-11

Separated Materials

All photographs except for those in mixed media scrapbooks, have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Department's photographic archives. All of the photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections photo archives UNRS-P1993-03 collection number UNRS-P1993-03

Related Archival Materials

Eva B. Adams: Windows of Washington Nevada Education, the U. S. Senate, the U. S. Mint Oral History

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Arrangement

  • The Papers of Eva Bertrand Adams are divided into the following groups and series:
  • Group 1: Senate Office Files Group 1, Series 1: McCarran Office Files Group 1, Series 2: Brown, Bible Office Files
  • Group 2: U. S. Mint Group 2, Series 1: U. S. Mint Material Group 2, Series 2: Scrapbooks
  • Group 3: Personal Papers Group 3, Series 1: Personal Correspondence Group 3, Series 2: Finances and Business Group 3, Series 3: Special Interests and Organizations Group 3, Series 4: Personal and Family Items Group 3, Series 5: Photographs Group 3, Series 6: Three Dimensional Items
  • Group 4: Materials Received after Miss Adams' Death Group 4, Series 1: McCarran Office Group 4, Series 2: Personal Papers Group 4, Series 3: Professional Papers

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Leonore M. Kosso, January 1984. Finding aid prepared by Leonore M. Kosso, January 1984. Additional materials processed by Susan Searcy, May 1992. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 12, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Group 1: Senate Office Files, 1922-1960

Group 1, Series 1: McCarran Office Files, 1936-1960 12.0 cubic feet

Group 1, Series 1 contains material generated in the office of Senator Pat McCarran, 1936-1960. It includes the Senator's papers as well as those of Eva Adams, Administrative Assistant. Correspondence comprises the major portion of the material and is scattered throughout. Folder titles, created by Miss Adams have been maintained and the material has been arranged into several general categories. Oversize papers, including copies of McCarran's plaques, certificates and political cartoons are located in the manuscript map case. A folder list is provided for this series. Additional McCarran Office File materials were added after the death of Miss Adams; please see Group 4, Series 1 for a description of that material.

box
folder
Contents
1/G1/S1
1-15
McCarran's personal correspondence, 1936-1954
1/G1/S1
16-28
McCarran's office correspondence, 1934-1954

Group1, Series 2: Brown, Bible Office Files, 1954-1960 1.0 cubic feet

Group 1, Series 2 contains files generated in the Senatorial offices of Ernest Brown, 1954, and Alan Bible, 1954-1960, by Eva Adams, Administrative Assistant. Folder titles have been maintained. Folders 1 and 2 are from Brown's office; folders 3-26 are from Senator Bible's office.

Group 2: U. S. Mint

Group 2, Series 1: U.S. Mint Material, 1958-1976 1.0 cubic feet

Group 2, Series 1 contains papers and material generated and collected by Eva Adams as Director of the U.S. Mint from 1961-1969. U. S. Mint photograph albums are stored separately.

Group 2, Series 2: Scrapbooks, 1961-1968 2.0 cubic feet

Group 2, Series 2 consists of scrapbooks created by Eva Adams representing her years as Director of the U. S. Mint. The scrapbooks contain new clips, photographs, invitations, greeting cards, letters, awards, certificates, and memorabilia.

Group 3: Personal Papers

Group 3, Series 1: Personal Correspondence 1.0 cubic feet

Group 3, Series 1 contains the personal correspondence of Eva Adams.

Group 3, Series 2: Finances and Business 2.0 cubic feet

Group 3, Series 2 contains financial and business papers of Eva Adams. Miss Adams was a stockholder in a number of corporations and was involved in some business ventures. She served on the board of directors of several national organizations. Papers generated from these activities are included in this series.

Group 3, Series 3: Interests and Organizations 1.0 cubic feet

Group 3, Series 3 contains material reflecting Eva Adams' interests and activities. Most file folders bear the heading assigned by Miss Adams. Included are several folders of material concerning numismatics and numismatic organizations. Also included are papers from trips to Israel and South America, folders of material concerning social events, special awards, committees, memberships, name lists, speech material, and an address book.

Group 3, Series 4: Personal and Family Items 7.0 cubic feet

Group 3, series 4 contains personal papers and collections of Eva Adams and also of her family, 1920-1981. It includes girlhood memorabilia, school papers, university materials, records of pleasure trips, scrapbooks, printed material, and books. Oversize material includes diplomas and certificates which are stored in the manuscript map case.

Group 3, Series 5: Photographs

Group 3, Series 5 contains all the photographs in the Eva Adams collection except for a few which are pasted in scrapbooks. Included are portraits of Eva Adams; photographs taken during Miss Adams' childhood and youth; scenes of Wonder, Nevada; school, photos and pictures of special occasions; and trips. Also included are photographs taken during Eva Adams' term as Director of the U.S. Mint, and likenesses of national figures: Pat McCarran, Alan Bible, Lyndon Johnson, and John F. Kennedy. Many of the photographs are in albums. Loose photos have been grouped together in folders according to subject or type. All of the photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections photo archives UNRS-P1993-03 collection number UNRS-P1993-03.

Group 3, Series 6: Three Dimensional Items

The three dimensional items in the collection consist mainly of plaques presented to Miss Adams as gifts and awards. Small plaques and memorabilia are contained in several boxes. Large plaques and two desk name signs from the U.S. Mint are stored on the last shelf of the manuscripts shelving range. Miss Adams' international coin collection is stored in the Special Collections vault.

Group 4: Materials Received after Miss Adams' Death

Group 4, Series 1: Senator Pat McCarran Papers 1.0 cubic feet

This increment to the Adams collection dates from 1947-1954 reflects the contents of Group 1, Series 1, McCarran Office Files. Included among other things are materials about the 1950 senatorial election, notes for McCarran's autobiography, correspondence about the business of clearing McCarran's office after his death, materials related to Thomas Mechling's senatorial campaign of 1952, correspondence and notes on the affairs of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, and documents related to the United Contractors Company in Spain. Folder titles are for the most part those assigned by Miss Adams and have been supplemented only when the title was missing or obscure. The contents date from 1947-1954 and are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Group 4, Series 2: Personal Papers 1.0 cubic feet

The materials in Group 4, Series 2 relate primarily to the private affairs of Miss Adams, as opposed to her public careers. Included are materials about the Adams' family genealogy, her home and other property she owned, business ventures, correspondence with friends and associates, and organizations to which she belonged. The original alphabetical arrangement of this subseries has been retained; folder titles have for the most part been supplied by the arranger.

Group 4, Series 3: Professional Papers 1.0 cubic feet

Although there is some overlap between Group 4, Series 2 and 3, Group 4, Series 3 consists primarily of materials collected or created by Adams in her professional capacity as Administrative Assistant to Senator McCarran, Director of the U. S. Mint, or Board Member of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company. Miss Adams' original arrangement was alphabetical; folder titles consisted simply of a letter of the alphabet. During the processing of this portion of the collection folder titles were added by the processor except for those folders which contained more than one subject or correspondent.