Description: "Dorothy Inez Adams was born in 1904 in Santa Barbara, California. She was the daughter of Dorothy and William Adams. She graduated from Lindsay High School in Lindsay, California in 1922 and then attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in Anthropology in December of 1926. She continued her education at Berkeley and received a Masters of Arts Degree in Anthropology in 1928. During the 1930s and 1940s, Dr. Adams wrote poetry and literary prose, which has survived. What she did professionally is not clear for these years until 1944 when she was attending Columbia University in New York City working on her Ph. D. in Anthropology. Her mentor during her time at Columbia was Dr. Ralph Linton who had left the Anthropology Department at Columbia for a position at Yale University’s Institute of Human Relations. Her letters to Dr. Linton are very detailed with information on the progress of her thesis and gossip about the Anthropology Department at Columbia. She defended her thesis in May of 1949 and received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1950. Inez Adams was an anthropologist whose work focused on the topic of race relations. Although she conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean and in Nigeria, the main focus of her work centered on school desegregation in the South."
Data and Document Types: correspondence, field notes, publications, records