Walter Adams papers
Scope and Contents
Walter Adams' papers contain administrative subject files, speeches, and correspondence from his short term as President of Michigan State University. Subject files contain monographs, correspondence, and other documents related to the various schools and departments of the university, and to student affairs. Includes a proposal for a Russian and Eastern European Studies Center. Correspondence deals primarily with state and community issues, with some from the Board of Trustees and from the Federal government. Includes a letter from President Richard M. Nixon to Secretary George Romney. Speeches include a commencement speech and a speech on Vietnam among others.
- Adams, Walter, 1922-1998 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Box 596, folders 48-50 contain restricted materials.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Walter Adams was chosen to be Michigan State University's 13th president. Prior to his acceptance of the post, Adams was a professor of economics at Michigan State University. Adams was asked to succeed President John A. Hannah, who had resigned his position as President in order to accept that as Administrator of the Agency for International Development (AID), in Washington, D.C.
Adams assumed presidency on April 1, 1969 and vacated the office on January 1, 1970. At the outset, Adams made very clear that he did not want to be considered for the permanent presidency, a stand he maintained throughout, as is manifested in his letter to Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Don Stevens, on October 16, 1969 (Box 614, File 22). Adams maintained this position despite the fact that he was very popular with the students, faculty, and the Board of Trustees. When he stepped down from the Presidency, he resumed his former position, a post he held until retiring on December 31, 1992.
During his administration, Adams had to confront issues which were part of the general social and political conditions found throughout the United States, as well as problems specific to Michigan State University. During his administration, the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Center for Urban Affairs were established and a proposal was made to establish a Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies.
Walter Adams was born August 27, 1922 in Vienna, Austria. He received a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1942, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1946 and 1947, respectively. His graduate studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served, with distinction, in the U.S. Army (1943-1945), receiving the Bronze Star Medal for heroic conduct.
In 1947, he joined the Michigan State faculty in Economics Department. After a long battle with the disease, Walter Adams died of complications from pancreatic cancer, at the age of 76, on September 8, 1998. Adams, and his wife Pauline, had one son, William J. Adams.
1.5 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
Organized into 4 series. 1. Administrative Subject Files. 2. Correspondence. 3. Speeches. 4. Photographs. 1-2 Organized alphabetically. 3. Organized chronologically.
Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.
- Adams, Walter, 1922-1998
- College students
- James Madison College -- Chronological subdivision--1969;
- Letters (correspondence)
- Michigan State University. Center for Urban Affairs -- Chronological subdivision--1969;
- Michigan State University. College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Michigan State University. Office of the President
- Michigan State University. Russian and Eastern European Studies Program -- Chronological subdivision--1969;
- Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
- Programs (Publications)
- Romney, George W., 1907-1995 -- Chronological subdivision--1969;
- Student movements -- Michigan
- Office of the President. Walter Adams Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- Walter Adams
- August 1983
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.