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Dr. Benjamin Faneuil Dunkin Adams was born in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1839. He was educated at Harvard College where he studied medicine and graduated in the class of 1860. In the early 1880s his health failed and he came to Colorado Springs to reside, first appearing in records in January 1885. While he did apply for a physician’s license in Colorado Springs in January 1885, he did not practice medicine because of his health problems. Despite his failing health, he took an active part in the civic affairs of Colorado Springs serving on the Board of Trustees of Colorado College.  Dr. Adams died in Colorado Springs on October 28, 1895 at the age of 56. 

This photograph collection contains images taken in and around Colorado Springs in the mid-1880s of adults and children, houses, Dr. Adams’ family and his home at 410 North Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs. Evidence indicates that the photographer of these images was Ellen T. Brinley, sister of Catherine, wife of Dr. Adams. Ellen was enumerated in the 1885 Colorado State Census as a photographer and residing in the household of Dr. Adams. This census taken on June 1, 1885 listed the family as living at a probable boarding house at 220 North Weber Street, which is likely the area of Colorado Springs where many of the images in the collection were taken prior to the completion in 1886 of Dr. Adams’ large home at 410 N. Cascade Avenue. It appears that all of the photographs (other than the images of Dr. Adams’ newly constructed house) were taken during a single season, perhaps during the fall/winter of 1884 or 1885. In addition to being a photographer, soon after her arrival in Colorado Springs Ellen T. Brinley started her involvement with charitable organizations. That participation continued for nearly 50 years until her death in 1931 when the Ellen T. Brinley Guild was established and continued her legacy of charitable giving for another half century. Her leadership and philanthropic activities supported the needy in the Pikes Peak Region and beyond for nearly a century.

 

 
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