MS-31

INTRODUCTION:

Size: 1.25 linear feet

Span Dates: 1994-2014                            

Accession Number(s):
MS1995-0523; NKU2014-002, NKU2014-013

Creator: Adams, Michael C.C.,

Summary: Papers contain manuscripts for books, essays, and speeches written by Dr. Michael C.C. Adams, Regents Professor of History Emeritus, Northern Kentucky University. They also include correspondence with editors and publishers as well as promotional materials for essays and publications.

ACCESS AND USE:

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research access.

Use Restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. The User assumes full responsibility and any attendant liability for the fair use of materials requested in total compliance with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) that may arise through the use of any requested materials.

Preferred Citation: [Box #, Folder #], MS-31 Michael C. C. Adams Papers, Eva G. Farris Special Collections, W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University.

Processing Information: Processed, Melinda Sartwell, 7 April 2006. Reprocessed and accruals added, Anne Ryckbost 2015.

ACCESS POINTS:

Subject(s):
United States. Army--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Person(s):   
Adams, Michael, C.C.
Boritt, Gabor S.
Russo, James J.

SCOPE AND CONTENT:

Papers contain manuscripts for books, essays, and speeches written by Dr. Michael C.C. Adams, Regents Professor of History Emeritus, Northern Kentucky University (NKU). They include correspondence with editors and publishers as well as promotional materials for publications and essays. The papers are organized chronologically by work, e.g. all materials connected to The Best War Ever: American and World War II including correspondence, illustrations, and manuscript drafts, are arranged together.

Collection arrangement by series:

Series I: Best War Ever: American and World War II.

Series II: “Retelling the Tale: Wars in Common Memory”

Series III: “The Historian Humbly Declines to Have a Nice Day”

Series IV: “Poet Whitman and General Custer”

Series V: Echoes of War: A Thousand Years of Military History in Popular
               Culture

Series VI: Living Hell:  The Dark Side of the Civil War

Series VII: Best War Ever: American and World War II, revised 2nd edition

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

Dr. Michael C.C. Adams holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Sussex in the UK. He joined NKU’s history department in 1972 as a tenure-track faculty member and became a Regents Professor in 1996.

His primary area of interest is military history and early in his NKU career, Adams, along with other colleagues, developed a Military History Minor, a unique and popular offering for undergraduates. For many years, he also directed a Military History Lecture Series at NKU. Adams served NKU not only as an instructor but as an academic administrator, holding successive positions as Faculty Assistant to the President (A. D. Albright), Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, and a two-term chair of the History and Geography Department. He also held Commonwealth-wide appointments, including a term on the governing board of the Kentucky Humanities Council. He retired from NKU in 2003 as a Regents Professor of History.

His published works include:

  • The Best War Ever: America and World War II. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

  • Echoes of War: A Thousand Years of Military History in Popular Culture. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2002.

  • The Great Adventure: Male Desire and the Coming of World War I. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1990.  

  •  Our Masters the Rebels: A Speculation on Union Military Failure in the East, 1851-1865. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1978.
    The book won the Jefferson Davis prize from the Museum of the Confederacy. It was reissued as Fighting for Defeat (Nebraska, 1992). 
     
  •  “Retelling the Tale: Wars in Common Memory.” In War Comes Again: Comparative Vista on the Civil War and World War II, edited by Gabor S. Boritt, New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

  • Living Hell:  The Dark Side of the Civil War. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

CONTAINER LISTING:  

Description

Date

Box

Folder

Series I: The Best War Ever

 

 

 

Corrected proof

1994

1

1-2

 

 

 

 

Series II: “Retelling the Tale: Wars in Common Memory” 

 

 

 

Correspondence between Michael Adams, Marti Shaw, and
   Professor Gabor S. Boritt, Gettysburg College

1994-1995

1

3

Civil War Institute program and certificate for lecturing

1994

1

4

Manuscript and revisions

1994

1

5-7

 

 

 

 

Series III: “The Historian Humbly Declines to Have a Nice Day”

 

 

 

Correspondence between Michael Adams, Nancy Foderhase
  (Eastern Kentucky University), and Thomas Appleton, Jr.
  (Kentucky Historical Society)

August-November 1994

1

8

Copy of published version of speech

circa 1994

1

9

 

 

 

 

Series IV: “Poet Whitman and General Custer”

 

 

 

Correspondence

circa 1995

1

10

Meeting programs, Kentucky Philological Association and
   the Military History Lecture Series, NKU

March-April 1995

1

11

Manuscript drafts

1995

1

12

Illustrations

1995

1

13

 

 

 

 

Series V: Echoes of War: A Thousand Years of Military History in Popular Culture

 

 

 

Correspondence with James J. Russo, editor,
  The University Press of Kentucky

2002, undated

1

14

Manuscript drafts and final

2001-2002

1;2;3

15; 1-9; 1

 

 

 

 

Series VI: Living Hell:  The Dark Side of the Civil War

 

 

 

Manuscript

2013

3

2-12

Book cover

2013

3

13

 

 

 

 

Series VII: The Best War Ever, revised 2nd edition

 

 

 

Book proposal and draft cover

2014

3

14