Harriet Stratemeyer Adams was a children's novelist, and publisher who was responsible for some 200 books over her literary career. She wrote the plot outlines for many books in the Nancy Drew series, using characters invented by her father, Edward Stratemeyer. She lived in Pottersville, an area within Tewksbury Township.

The extremely popular Nancy Drew books were the brainchild of Adams's father, who created the characters of a sixteen-year-old sleuth, her lawyer father, and their housekeeper. Adams came up with plot ideas and hired ghostwriters to do the writings, all published under the pseudonym, 'Carolyn Keene'. Although Adams claimed to write all the Nancy Drew books entirely by herself during her lifetime, other authors did the actual writing, following Adams's ideas and embellishing them. Adams touched up the completed manuscripts.