Weymouth Public Libraries, Tufts Library

Tufts-Smith-Adams Collection

Dr. Cotton Tufts (1732-1815) was a Harvard graduate who had a medical practice in Weymouth. Two of Dr. Tufts’ grandchildren, Quincy (1791-1872) and Susannah (1797-1877), were the founders and benefactors of the Tufts Library, currently the main branch of the Weymouth Public Libraries. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Tufts served in various governmental and political positions. Of particular note is that he was entrusted with sole care of John and Abigail Adams' private affairs during their time abroad between 1780 and 1788, and again handled the local affairs for the couple during Adams' presidency.
The digitized items here represent a portion of the whole collection. Additional digitized items will be made available in the future. The finding aid describes the collection in detail. It is available at the Tufts Library and online at the Weymouth Public Libraries website, www.weymouth.ma.us/weymouth-public-libraries.