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Elizabeth Fisher Adams was born on June 23, 1906, to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Adams. She attended the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated in 1925. She then attended Skidmore College and graduated with the class of 1929.

During her time at Skidmore College, Adams achieved Junior honors in 1928, was published numerous times in the Skidmore Quarterly, won the English prize for creative work, and wrote a play titled "Chez L'art," presented by Omnibus at Skidmore. In June of 1929 Elizabeth Adams graduated from Skidmore, with plans to attend Yale for a masters in English. She spent one year at Yale, and moved on to teach at the Park School, in Brookline, Massachusetts from 1931-39.

In 1940 she began training for a position as an ambulance driver for Ann Morgan's war aid organization in France. Adams worked on the Belgian front from 1940 - 1941, and was awarded the Croix de Geurre for her services. She returned to the United States as a speaker for the Committee to Defend America and gave a speaking tour through New England. In 1942 Adams joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. (W.A.A.C.). She was appointed third officer and worked in the public relations office in Ft. Des Moines, Ohio. In 1943 Adams received an Honorable Discharge from W.A.A.C. because of a back injury.

In 1945 Adams returned to France to work with American Aid to France (A.A.T.F.). She was stationed in St. Die and Corcieux in the Vosges mountains. Here she was occupied with organizing the relief effort for six towns in the area. In 1948 Adams was awarded the Médaille de la Reconnaissance française for her work with the Friendship train food distribution program. In 1949 Adams left France to return to the Unites States. Elizabeth Adams died on October 14, 1990.

Only a portion of this collection has been digitized. More information about this archival collection can be found in the Elizabeth Fisher Adams Papers finding aid.

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Elizabeth Adams, Skidmore Class of 1929, in her Women's Army Auxiliary Corps uniform

 

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