John Adams Visits MTSU Library Now Through September 30th

Aug 17, 2011 at 02:36 pm by bryan

The James E. Walker Library at MTSU is one of only 20 libraries in the nation selected to host “John Adams: Unbound,” a traveling exhibit, free and open to the public, on display on the library’s first floor now through September 30th.

Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, “John Adams: Unbound” reveals the personal library of the United States’ second president. This remarkable collection of 3,500 books, willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts, was deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894.

Photographic reproductions of the annotated volumes reveal the intellectual and political ideas that shaped the thinking of one of America’s founding fathers and a signatory of the Constitution.

Adams’ lifelong love of books is evident in the exhibit, which chronicles his determination to grapple with a variety of viewpoints in each phase of his life—as a boy, a university student, a Boston lawyer, a revolutionary, a diplomat, a president and as a witness to the birth of a new nation.

For more information, contact Kristen Keene at 615-898-5376 or

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