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Adams, Alger Leroy, 1910-1992



  • Existence: 1910 - 1992


Reverend Alger Leroy Adams (1910-1992) of Omaha, Nebraska, became the first Black student to receive a degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, in 1932. Adams later studied at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan, helping build churches in New York between 1947 and 1955. In 1950, he and his wife Jessie M. Wells Adams purchased The Westchester County Press, a weekly paper, seeking to give the Black community a cohesive voice; in 1962, the couple developed The Creative Printery, specializing in the publication of high school and college newspapers.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Alger Leroy Adams and Jessie M. Wells Adams papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-4335
Abstract: Photographs and photograph albums, scrapbooks, personal papers, and other materials relating to Reverend Alger Leroy Adams, Jessie M. Wells Adams, and the Daniels family, circa 1860s-1997.Materials relating to Alger Adams include a caricature of Adams, scrapbook of Adams’s columns for the Amsterdam News, a photograph of Adams’s colleague and society editor for Ebony magazine Gerri Major, and a letter of congratulations upon Adams’s receiving of an honorary degree....
Dates: circa 1860s-1997