Manuscript Collections - Fred Lyman Adair Papers

Aug 20, 2021

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10 linear inches (2 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


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

1          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

2          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