Charles K. Adams Biography

Charles Kendall Adams (January 24, 1835–July 26, 1902) had been a student of the AHA’s first president, Andrew Dickson White. He taught for a number of years at the University of Michigan, before succeeding White as president of Cornell University in 1885. His most noted work was a Manual of Historical Literature (3rd ed., 1889), which provided annotated listings of the most important historical works in English, French, and German, as well as guides to programs of historical study.


Democracy and monarchy in France from the inception of the great revolution to the overthrow of the second empire. By Charles Kendall Adams. New York, H. Holt and Company, 1874.

Questions and notes on the constitutional history of England, for the use of advanced students and postgraduates in the historical seminary. By Charles Kendall Adams Rev. ed. Ann Arbor, Sheehan & Company, 1879

A manual of historical literature: comprising brief descriptions of the most important histories in English, French and German: together with practical suggestions as to methods and courses of historical study: for the use of students, general readers, and collectors of books. By Charles Kendall Adams. New York : Harper & Brothers, 1882.

Christopher Columbus: his life and his work. New York, Dodd, Mead and company, 1892.

A history of the United States. By Charles Kendall Adams and William P. Trent. Boston, Allyn and Bacon, 1903.

Universal cyclopaedia and atlas. Charles Kendall Adams, editor-in-chief, assisted by a corps of associate editors composed of eminent specialists in Europe and America. A newly rev. and enl. ed. Rossiter Johnson, editor of the revision. New York, D. Appleton, 1905.