Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A & M University

Inventory of the Mexican Revolution "Quincy Letters":

May-June 1914.

Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Title Inventory of the Mexican Revolution "Quincy Letters":
Dates May-June 1914.
Abstract Consists of letters written by Quincy Adams on various topics, primarily personal life, but also touching on US and Mexican troop activity during the Mexican Revolution.
Identification Ragan MSS 00235
Extent .25 linear ft.
Language English.
Repository Cushing Memorial Library College Station, TX 77843-5000

Biographical Note

Quincy Adams, at the time of the letters, was twenty-eight years old and an officer in the United States Marine Corp. He had family in Baltimore, including his mother, father, and a brother "Billie" and a girlfriend or perhaps fiancée in England.

Scope and Content Note

The "Quincy Letters" contain nine letters totaling sixty-five pages from Quincy Adams to his "darling sweetheart" Viviane in England. Quincy is an officer with the 1st Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Battalion, USMC stationed in Vera Cruz, Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. The letters consist primarily of petitions for Viviane to come to New York so that the two can marry, despite apparent objections by both their families, and there are also occasional descriptions of daily life in the camp (patrol duty, playing baseball against another Regiment, going to town) and a handful of descriptions of battle (many of which Quincy seems to have gleaned from newspapers or secondhand accounts). Many of the people referred to in the letters are given only first names or rank and last names.


Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 1 series:
Series 1. Correspondence from Quincy to Viviane, May – June 1914



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Usage Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Online Catalog Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of Cushing Memorial Library. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Quincy "Chow" Adams
Billie Adams
General Frederick Funston
Vera Cruz, Mexico
Baltimore, Maryland
New York, New York

Administrative Information


Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in September 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Jeff Stumpo in June-July 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection:


Series 1. Correspondence from Quincy to Viviane, May – June 1914.

1/1 Correspondence, May 20, 1914.
1/2 Correspondence, May 23, 1914.
1/3 Correspondence, May 28, 29, and 30 and June 1, 1914.
1/4 Correspondence, June 2 and 3, 1914.
1/5 Correspondence, June 4, 1914.
1/6 Correspondence, June 5, 1914.
1/7 Correspondence, June 6 and 8, 1914.
1/8 Correspondence, June 9 and 10, 1914.
1/9 Correspondence, June 11, 1914.