John Quincy Adams Digital Diary

This digital edition includes more than 15,000 manuscript pages chronicling the extraordinary range of experiences in the public and private life of American statesman John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). His diary, which he kept from 1779 to 1848, spans 51 volumes and is unsurpassed in its broad scope, historical detail, and insightful reflection.

JQA seated, shown from waist up; etching portrait.

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Data Visualizations

Using data from the transcriptions these visualizations will present information from the diary in a multimodal way. Read about the Lab Space At DSG