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  • Margery Adams Collection

Margery Adams was a lifelong Springfield, Illinois, resident who donated her family home and property to the Illinois Audubon Society which now serves as the Margery Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Adams was the great-granddaughter of James Adams, Springfield's first attorney.

Margery Adams's father, James L. Adams, worked as the railroads in California and Illinois including serving as chief clerk for the Illinois Central Railroad during the 1870s through 1887. After leaving the railroad, he worked as a fruit farmer and truck gardener. He fathered James L. Adams, Jr. and Roe Reed Adams with his first wife, Florence Reed, and John Quincy and Margery with his second wife, Laura Snyder. Laura's sister, Mary C. Snyder, lived with the Adams family later in her life and worked as a newspaper puzzle designer.

The finding aid for the Adams-Snyder Family Papers, 1813-1989 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum may be found at

Photographs in this collection include family portraits and images of family members on the Adams family property.

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