Frank Adams was born in Morrison, Illinois in 1883 and educated at the University of Chicago. He began a writing career as a newspaper reporter in Chicago. From 1918 to 1932 he was manager of the Playhouse Theater and owner of the Sylvan Beach Resort Co., Whitehall, Michigan. He had stories published in many magazines, including Smart Set, Cosmopolitan, Black Cat, and Illustrated Detective. He also wrote plays, musical comedies, motion picture scripts, and lyrics for popular songs ("I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?").
The Frank Ramsay Adams Papers consist of manuscripts of published and unpublished short stories, of musical comedies written with William M. Hough and Joseph E. Howard; of plays, motion picture scripts, treatments, continuities, and scenarios; a collection of published stories and books; published sheet music; scrapbooks; and correspondence. Major correspondents are: Chambrun and Margulies (agents), Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marian deForest (agent), First National Pictures, Fox Film Corp., William M. Hough, Joseph E. Howard, Miriam Meredith (agent), Frank A. Munsey Co., Paramount Famous Lasky Corp, Red Book Magazine, Paul R. Reynolds (agent), RKO Studios, Smart Set Magazine, Universal Pictures Corp., and Jerry Vogel (Vogel Music Co.).
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[Identification of item], Frank R. Adams Papers, Ax 527, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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Acquisition Information :
Gift of Lorna M. Adams in 1969.Processing Note :
Collection processed by processing staff.
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