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James Luther Adams Foundation Collection

An inventory description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 4 Feb 2014

Biographical History

James Luther Adams (1901-1994) was a Unitarian parish minister, social activist, journal editor, distinguished scholar, translator and editor of major German theologians, prolific author, and highly respected divinity school professor for more than forty years. Adams played a pivotal role in the shaping of the discipline of social ethics in the United States.

The James Luther Adams Foundation is devoted to the promulgation of Adams' work and ideas. Its two primary projects are the preservation and distribution of The Adams Tapes, a series of films about the church and Nazism, and the maintenance of Adams' intellectual heritage through the James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James Luther Adams Foundation Collection consists primarily of material from the James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society, including lectures and other material. Material from each forum is filed separately. There is also material on Other Events, copies of some Recordings made or re-recorded by the Foundation and Miscellaneous material related to James Luther Adams.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the James Luther Adams Papers.

Subject Headings


Adams, James Luther, 1901-1994.

Corporate Bodies

James Luther Adams Foundation.


Church and state -- Germany.
Church and state -- United States.
Religion and ethics.
Religion and state -- Germany.
Religion and state -- United States.
Theology -- Study and teaching.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Religious aspects.

Genres and Forms

Digital Betacam (TM)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Documentary film.
Home movies.
Sound recordings.
Video recordings.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

James Luther Adams Foundation Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Stephen Mott and others, on behalf of the James Luther Adams Foundation.

Table of Contents

James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society

Other Events