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Oscar W. Adams papers

Identifier: MSS-0010

Scope and Contents note

Extensive files of correspondence of the A.M.E. Zion church from 1902 to 1952, primarily concerning the struggle to prevent the church from filing for bankruptcy during the Great Depression. Also includes information on church politics and history and audit reports for various A.M.E. churches in other states.


  • 1909 - 1952


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Biographical/Historical note

Adams attended Alabama A&M College, served as secretary/treasurer of the extension department of the A.M.E. Zion Church for over twenty years and as a newspaper publisher in the Birmingham area.


3.6 Linear Feet


Correspondence of this Birmingham, Alabama, minister of the A.M.E. Zion Church, principally concerning the struggle to remain solvent during the Great Depression. Also includes budget sheets, receipts, reports, and legal documents for this and other A.M.E churches throughout the South.


Purchased from Cather and Brown Books, 1990



Guide to the Oscar W. Adams papers
May 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266