Finding Aid to the Martha Rivers Adams Collection

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JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2311 MEMORIAL AVENUE
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA 24501
(434) 846-0501
THE MARTHA RIVERS ADAMS (1882-1959) COLLECTION
This microfilmed collection includes Civil War records, correspondence, financial
documents, land records, ledgers, legal documents, lists, maps, obituaries, photographs,
poetry, receipts, and scrapbooks of the RIVERS, PAINE, ABERNATHY, and BROWN
families of Giles County, Tennessee. The collection was originally assembled by Martha
Rivers ADAMS, a historian and writer of a column for the Lynchburg (Va.) News and
the Daily Advance.
MARTHA RIVERS ADAMS (1882-1959)
Martha RIVERS, daughter of James W. RIVERS and Mary FLOURNOY, was born
10 November 1882 at Conway, Giles County, Tennessee. She was graduated from
Athens College, Athens, Alabama, and from Martin College, Pulaski, Tennessee. She
also attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, for two years,
a member of the class of 1904. On 12 January 1904, Martha RIVERS married William
Duval ADAMS, Jr., son of William Duval ADAMS and Elizabeth Victorine MULLAN,
of Lynchburg.
Martha Rivers ADAMS was employed by The News of Lynchburg, first as a
substitute for the society editors. During a career that spanned 45 years at the newspaper,
she worked in almost every department as a reporter, covering courts, municipal offices,
and "activities of military units and individuals during and after World War I." She also
reported on numerous groups, "including all women's organizations." She eventually
became Women's Editor of The News.
In 1951, Martha Rivers ADAMS began a weekly column entitled "Browsings." This
column covered a variety of topics, but concentrated on local history. The column
continued until her death in 1959.
Martha Rivers ADAMS was a director of the Travelers Aid Society from 1914 until
1950. She was an honorary member of the Woman's Club of Lynchburg, a member of
Kirkwood Otey Chapter, UDC, and a member of the Lynchburg Art Club. She died 28
June 1959 and was buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg.
[Phillip Wayne Rhodes, "The Adams Family of Lynchburg, Virginia," Mss., FF1985, Jones Memorial
Library, Lynchburg, VA.]

MS2075

Dublin Core

Title

Finding Aid to the Martha Rivers Adams Collection

Subject

Finding aids
Adams, Martha Rivers, 1882-1959

Description

Finding aid to the Martha Rivers Adams Collection held at Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, Virginia. The collection on microfilm includes Civil War records, correspondence, lists, maps and other materials assembled by Adams, a historian and writer for the Lynchburg News and Daily Advance.

Creator

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Publisher

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Date

2024

Rights

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Format

pdf

Language

English

Identifier

JMLMS2075FA

Citation

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.), “Finding Aid to the Martha Rivers Adams Collection,” Digital Collections, accessed June 13, 2024, https://digitaljones.omeka.net/items/show/802.