Manuscript Collections - Fred Lyman Adair Papers


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10 linear inches (2 manuscript boxes)
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Fred Adair was an obstetrician who served with the American Red Cross in France and Belgium in 1918 and 1919. He was born in 1877 in Anamosa, Iowa. His father, Lyman Joseph Adair, was the local doctor. Adair married Myrtle May Ingalls and later served on the Chicago chapter of the America First Committee.


The collection contains articles, correspondence, reports, maps, photographs, medical logs and the manuscript of Adair’s autobiography which also contains the story of his father’s life. Evidently the manuscript was published in 1968 as The Country Doctor and the Specialist.

Box Contents


Abbott, Grace – Articles, 1939
Adair Charities - Brochures, 1962, 1966
America First Committee, 1941
American Committee on Maternal Care. The Mothers’ Charter - Poster, 1941
Autobiography, undated
Folder 1

Birthplace: Anamosa, Iowa
Ancestry – Adair and Porter Families
My Father’s Civil War Record
Father’s Medical Training and Practice
The End and the Beginning (father’s death)

Folder 2

My Early Life in Anamosa
The Distaff of Life (Myrtle May Ingalls and her family)
College, Professional Training and Teaching
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Folder 3

Mothers and Infants

Folder 4

Evolution of Obstetrical and Gynecological Societies in the USA
Visit to Argentina
Correspondence, 1919-1920


Correspondence, 1941-1962 (3 folders)


Abortion, 1917 (handwritten notes)
Birth and Death Rates in France, 1912‑1918 (handwritten notes)
Courtrai (Kortrijk), Belgium – Medical Logs, 1918 (2 vol.)
Depopulation of France Maps, 1905‑1915 (with handwritten notes)
Maps of Paris, undated
Prenatal Care in Paris, 1912-1919 (handwritten and typed notes)
Red Cross Report on Obstetrical Situation in France by J. Morris Slemons, 1917

Hawaii – Maternal and Infant Health Care, 1934-1936
Maternal Mortality in Fifteen States. Children’s Bureau Publication No. 223, 1934
Photographs, ca. 1917, 1933 (17 items)
White House Conference on Children in a Democracy – Program, 1939