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McAdoo Family Papers, 1840s - 1880s; 1993-1994

 Collection — other: Box 1
Identifier: SC-M-002

Content Description

The McAdoo Family Papers are divided into three series by format. The first series contains photocopies of the diaries of Mary Faith Floyd McAdoo and her husband William Gibbs McAdoo from the mid-nineteenth century. The second series is a collection of miscellaneous genealogical material relating to William Gibbs McAdoo. Finally, the correspondence series consists of letters from Brice Clagett to Dr. Florence Corley regarding his book projects.


  • Creation: 1840s - 1880s; 1993-1994
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1846-1872


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. Privately donated materials may carry restrictions imposed by deed as a condition of donation and require the permission of the donor or donor’s agent. The KSU archives does not itself waive such restrictions, nor will it act as an advocate for any researcher seeking such waivers. KSU archives staff have taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove sensitive information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work. However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kennesaw State University and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the Kennesaw State University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material must be secured from the repository and/or copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. William Gibbs McAdoo I (1820-1894) married Mary Faith Floyd in 1857. The family was from Clinton, Tennessee, near Knoxville; Dr. McAdoo was affiliated with the University of Tennessee for many years. However, the McAdoos lived in Marietta after the Union occupation of Tennessee during the Civil War. It was in Marietta the couple had their son, William Gibbs McAdoo II (1863-1941). Sarah Temple cites W.G. McAdoo II's autobiography, Crowded Years, as the source for her assertion that the McAdoos refuged in Marietta because they liked the climate and because it was the place where they had first met. She says that they purchased, "a home, at that time called Melora, on the Powder Springs Road several miles from Marietta and in this house William G. McAdoo was born...The house, though in disrepair, is still standing; it is usually known as the Atkinson place, Col. A.S. Atkinson having owned it for some years. The McAdoo family left Marietta in 1864 when William G. McAdoo was about six months old" (Temple, First Hundred Years, 543-544). William Gibbs McAdoo II was the son-in-law of Woodrow Wilson and served as Secretary of the Treasury in the Wilson Administration and later, as a Senator from California. As of 2006, the McAdoo house has been beautifully renovated by Marietta developer Lynn Rechsteiner who restored the house in an historically-conscious way for business offices.


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Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Thomas Scott via Dr. Florence Corley. Date acquired: 2006-03-09.

Related Materials

Atkinson-Floyd Papers - Mary Faith Floyd McAdoo's father was the author of the diary contained in Notebook #2 of this collection.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020 July: updated by Maggie Thomas

Repository Details

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