University Archives


​Two research libraries hold two different collections of James Luther Adams documents. Syracuse University holds most of James Luther Adams personal files. Andover-Harvard Theological Library houses the transcripts of interviews and personal reflections by James Luther Adams that made up the bulk of his memoir, 1995’s ​Not Without Dust and Heat​. Andover-Harvard Theological Library also houses original copies of the home movies Adams made in Germany during the 1930s. These have been digitized and can be viewed online, via this location:

Syracuse University
To gain access to the James Luther Adams Collection at Special Collections Research Center of Syracuse University, please contact them at the following email address: . The James Luther Adams Collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, notes, memorabilia, printed materials, etc. pertaining to James Luther Adams. Please note that currently access to the collection is restricted, as the materials are unprocessed. However, researchers may ask for special permission to review the collection at the email address above.

Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Andover-Harvard Theological Library
To gain access to the James Luther Adams materials at Andover-Harvard Theological Library’s Special Collections Archive, any researcher is welcome to contact them by email at and they will facilitate access. Currently, there are two JLA collections (bMS 206 [HOLLIS record] and bMS 603 [HOLLIS record]). The first collection consists of transcriptions of tapes of autobiographical material. They only have the transcriptions, not the original tapes. The catalog page for this collection is: The second collection consists of three films, all of them have been digitized and are available to all online here: ​

Special Collections Archive,
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138