Charles L. Adams papers
Scope and Contents
- 1946 - 2005
- Majority of material found within ( 1970-2005)
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 30-33, 41 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 35 (electronic documents): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies available. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Stephen and Rebecca Adams, 2012.
35.97 Linear Feet (41 boxes)
Language of Materials
Charles L. Adams (1929-2008)
Adams's specialty was modern literature, but he was particularly interested in the writings of Frank Waters, the southwestern novelist, essayist, biographer and non-fiction writer. Adams taught a two-semester series of courses on Waters and was a founder of the Frank Waters Society and editor of its annual journal. He edited Frank Waters: A Retrospective Anthology (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1985) and, with Waters, co-edited W.Y. Evans-Wentz's Cuchama and Sacred Mountains (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1981). He also published numerous articles on Waters and other literary topics in an assortment of journals. Adams was quoted as saying: "I find it very exciting to be able to work with a living author." Waters spoke in his classes and at UNLV's commencement, and Adams participated in numerous conferences and panels on, about, and with Waters.
This biographical note was excerpted from Adams's obituary posted on the Frank Waters Foundation website.
This collection received a medium level of processing, which included rehousing all material into acid-free folders and boxes, and organizing material into series according to the creator's different professional activities. A good portion of the material comprising the Writings, Research and Other Material series consisted of loose papers in boxes; when foldering this material, library staff assigned general folder headings based on the contents of the folder. The material comprising the General and Teaching Files series represents files that were created and labeled by the creator, and seem to have been maintained more or less as a group, perhaps in the drawers of a desk or file cabinet, although there was no apparent order to how the files were organized. When refoldering this material, library staff left the grouping of material within files intact, transcribed the file titles, and minimally organized the files so that they are in rough chronological order.
- Adams, Charles L.
- American literature -- Southwest, New -- 20th Century
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors, American -- 20th Century
- Frank Waters Society
- Indians in literature
- Sound recordings
- Southwest, New -- In literature
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Video recordings
- Waters, Barbara, 1929-2015
- Waters, Frank, 1902-1995
- West (U.S.) -- In literature
- Western stories
- Guide to the Charles L. Adams Papers
- by Leigh Golden, Jennifer Meehan, and Emma Gronbeck
- 2009, revised September 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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