John Adams Unbound
May 16-June 25
Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
The Personal Library of John Adams, , who believing at age 32 that an “ample and well chosen Assortment of Books” would serve many personal, political, and spiritual ends, John Adams began assembling one of the greatest private libraries in early America. The John Adams Library—an extraordinary collection, is the culmination of the second President’s lifelong endeavor.
John Adams Unbound is an exhibit that explores the personal library of John Adams, second President of the United States, who came to political prominence in the early stages of the American Revolution.
This remarkable collection of 3,500 books willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts and deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894 reveals how John Adams shaped American history and how he was shaped by his lifelong dedication to reading and books.
Photo-reproductions of these annotated volumes help viewers witness a Founding Father wrestling with intellectual and political ideas at every stage in his long life as a boy, university student, Boston lawyer, revolutionary, diplomat, President and citizen of the early American republic.
For more information on John Adams Unbound, a free exhibit arriving at the Nashville Public Library on May 16th, please call 615 862-5800.