Title: Clark J. Adams Papers Creator: Adams, Clark J., 1904-1981 Inclusive dates: 1920-1983 Extent: 1 linear foot Abstract:
Attorney, Michigan State Representative, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court; biographical information, topical files, and visual materials
Call number: 88372 Aa 2 Language: The materials are in English. Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave. Ann Arbor, MI
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Finding aid prepared by: Marian J. Matyn, July 1988 and Crystal Zeh, July 1999.
Access and Use
The collection was donated by Adeline Adams, wife of Clark J. Adams on October 8, 1987. (Donor No. 600). Additional materials came in 1998.
The collection is open for research.
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Clark J. Adams was born on Silver Lake in Waterford Township Michigan on June 24, 1904. He received both his bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Michigan in 1925 and 1927, respectively. Following graduation, Adams went into partnership with C. Bryan Kinney. This lasted until 1956 when he was appointed to the Circuit Court.
A long and fruitful interest in public legal service began in 1930 when Adams ran for the office of prosecuting attorney for Oakland County. From 1937 to 1945 he served Oakland County as State Representative, earning the respect of his colleagues and constituents alike. Adams was legal advisor to G. Mennen Williams from 1949 to 1952. During this time, their relationship developed into a close friendship. Governor Williams appointed Adams to the Michigan Supreme Court in August 1952 to fill out an unexpired term. Following a close and highly contested race, he left the Supreme Court in April 1953.
In 1954 Adams became Pontiac's Notary Public. During 1954 and 1955, he served on the Michigan Corrections Commission. Then in 1956, Governor Williams appointed Adams to the Sixth Judicial Circuit bench, a position to which he was reelected until his retirement seventeen years later in 1973. From 1958 to 1960 he also served on the Governor's Advisory Committees on Reorganization of State Government.
An active member and occasional officer of many legal associations, city clubs, and charity organizations, Adams was on the board of legal directors of the Oakland First Federal Savings Bank and Trust and on the advisory board of the Michigan State University-Oakland Foundation, which later became Oakland University.
While at the University of Michigan, Adams met his wife, Adeline Clark, a fellow student. The two were married on June 22, 1929. They had a son, Clark J. Adams, Jr. and two daughters, Dorothy and Janet. Adams died on September 26, 1981.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The papers of Clark J. Adams are arranged into three series: Biographical, Topical, and Visual Materials. The papers relate to his career as an attorney and public servant.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
Judges -- Michigan.
Lawyers -- Michigan.
Clothing and dress.
Adams, Clark J., 1904-1981.
Michigan. Supreme Court.
Adams, Adeline B.
Adams, Clark J., 1904-1981.
Lawyers' Club (University of Michigan)
Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, Mich.)
Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
Williams, G. Mennen., Mrs.
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Container / Location
The Biographical series located at the beginning of the collection offers a general overview of Adams' life.
Clark J. Adams 1920-1983
Topical Files are arranged by the position or responsibility performed by Adams. Adams' legal career is especially well represented in the Circuit Court and Supreme Court files with newspaper clipping providing more thorough coverage of his court life than his correspondence. Also of interest are the files titled Legal Advisor to Governor G.M. Williams and Miscellaneous Correspondence as they document the relationship, both personal and professional, between Adams and Williams. The Michigan State University-Oakland Foundation series traces the early development of Oakland University.
American Cancer Society, correspondence and clippings January-April 1958