Henry Hitch Adams Papers, 1922-1975: Finding Aid
Published in April 1986
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 210
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Henry Hitch Adams Papers
- Dates: 1922-1975
- Size: 4 linear feet (10 manuscript boxes)
- Creator: Adams, Henry Hitch, 1917-2002
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: Henry Hitch Adams was a historian and professor of English at Cornell University, the United States Naval Academy, and Illinois State University. The Henry Hitch Adams Papers consist of manuscript copies and supporting research files for five books authored by Adams, including Harry Hopkins: A Biography (1977), 1942: The Year that Doomed the Axis (1967), Years of Deadly Peril (1969) Years of Expectation: Guadalcanal to Normandy (1973), and Years to Victory (1973).
Biography of Henry Hitch Adams
Henry Hitch Adams was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 26, 1917. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in 1939, received his M.A. in 1940, and his Ph.D. in 1942 from Columbia University. After service in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Owen, Adams served as an instructor in English at Cornell University from 1945 to 1951, as Assistant, Associate, and full Professor at the United States Naval Academy from 1951 until the 1967-1968 academic year, and as Head of the Department of English at Illinois State University beginning in 1968. After retiring in the early 1970's, Adams returned to Annapolis to continue his writing, and subsequently moved to St. Petersburg, Florida and Oklahoma. Henry Hitch Adams died on August 22, 2002.
Professor Adams was author, co-author, or editor of a number of works about the sea. His publications include: 1942: The Year that Doomed the Axis (1967), Dramatic Essays of the Neoclassic Age (1950), English Domestic or Homiletic Tragedy, 1575-1642 (1943), Harry Hopkins: A Biography (1977), Italy at War (1982), Seapower: A Naval History (1960), Techniques of Revision: Perfecting the Theme (1951), Witness to Power: The Life of Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (1985), Years of Deadly Peril (1969), Years of Expectation: Guadalcanal to Normandy (1973), and Years to Victory (1973).
Description of Contents
The Henry Hitch Adams Papers, comprising 4 linear feet of documentation, span from 1922 to 1975 and document the authorship of several of Adams' works, specifically Harry Hopkins: A Biography, 1942: The Year that Doomed the Axis, Years of Deadly Peril, Years of Expectation: Guadalcanal to Normandy, and Years to Victory.
The collection consists of book manuscripts, book excerpts, news clippings, correspondence, and photographs.
The Henry Hitch Adams Papers are organized by publication.
Access and Use
Access is unrestricted.
Copyright and Permission
The Henry Hitch Adams Papers are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.
Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Gift of Henry Hitch Adams in June 1979. Accession No. 79-010.
Related Archival Material
An additional manuscript of Harry Hopkins: A Biography is available at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY.
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection.
Processing and Other Information
Henry Hitch Adams Papers, MS 210
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in April 1986. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in April 1986 and revised by David D'Onofrio in October 2013.
These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Name and Subject Terms
- Adams, Henry Hitch, 1917-
- Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd), 1890-1946
- World War, 1939-1945
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Faculty papers
Harry Hopkins - Photographs, 1936-1943, 1976, undated
Includes photographs of Harry Hopkins; Barbara Hopkins; Diana Hopkins; Robert Hopkins (at the Casablanca Conference); Franklin D. Roosevelt and Admiral William D. Leahy aboard a Boeing Clipper; and General George Marshall, Sir Archibald Clark-Kerr, Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslave Molotov, and General Kliment Voroshilov at the Tehran Conference.