Guide to the James L. Adams Papers

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0949
Creator: Adams, James L.
Title: James L. Adams papers
Dates: 1925-2008
Bulk Dates: 1959-2008
Physical Description: 25.75 Linear feet
Summary: Papers largely reflect his teaching career at Stanford University and include class materials, correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, and some photographs (largely of student projects). Collection also includes minutes and correspondence of the curriculum committee of the School of Engineering, 1925-1946.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

James L. Adams Papers (SC0949). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

James L. Adams earned his BA in mechanical engineering at CalTech in 1955. He studied art at UCLA them came to Stanford where he earned his master's and doctoral degrees in 1959 and 1961. After a few years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he joined the Stanford faculty in the School of Engineering in 1966. His administrative positions included associate dean for academic affairs; chair of the program in Values, Technology, Science and Society; director of the design division of Mechanical Engineering; and chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Description of the Collection

Papers largely reflect his teaching career at Stanford University and include class materials, correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, and some photographs (largely of student projects). Collection also includes minutes and correspondence of the curriculum committee of the School of Engineering, 1925-1946.

Access Terms

Adams, James L.
Stanford University. Program in Values, Technology, Science and Society.
Stanford University. School of Engineering --Curricula.
Stanford University. School of Engineering --Faculty.
Engineering design.
Problem solving.


Collection Contents

 

Papers Accession ARCH-2009-162

 

VTSS Program Materials Misc.:

Box 1

1970-98 [articles, correspondence, clippings, publications, etc; includes 1970 program proposal]

 

Creative problem solving courses:

Box 2

ME 214, 1970

Box 2

MS&E 277, 2001

Box 2

Quality course, 1990-91

Box 2

Cons. Mind and Memory Oct. 1

Box 2

Cog. Spec. Oct 6

Box 2

IE 101/201 (many folders)

Box 2

IE 201 1998 student reports

Box 2

IE 201 misc. photos

 

Creative problem solving courses(cont.):

Box 3

IE 101/201 files 1978-82

Box 3

ME 121 Student papers 1999

Box 3

IE 201/ME223 Student papers 1993 (several folders)

Box 3

Misc. student papers 1978-84

 

VTSS Program Materials Misc. (cont.):

Box 3

Adams 1986-87 (re $)

Box 3

Proposals in response to Questionnaire

Box 3

Program in VTSS

Box 3

VTSS Office Administration

Box 3

Misc. - $ (rumors)

Box 3

VTSS faculty plans

Box 3

MIT – Kaysen 1983

Box 3

VTSS Administrative Committee

Box 3

Stanford Program in Values, Technology, Science and Society [packet of publications, etc.]

 

VTSS Program Materials Misc. (cont.):

Box 4

Info on S.U. faculty interest in VTSS issues

Box 4

Princeton trip [articles re medieval masons]

Box 4

Budget stuff

Box 4

Senior Survey

Box 4

IDM Review Committee 1987

Box 4

List of interested faculty from 1983 Questionnaire

Box 4

VTSS / E. Traugott

Box 4

VTSS administrative

Box 4

Misc. Business 1989-90

Box 4

[VTSS miscellany]

Box 4

[Assorted articles]

 

Robert Textor, “High Tech Bibliography” Version I, May 1989

 

UG courses:

Box 4

IE 100 (3 files; may need to be reviewed for confidential student records)

Box 4

ME-9, 1959-60

Box 4

ME 107, 1969-70

Box 4

ME 115A, 1969-70

Box 4

E9, 1968-69

Box 4

E-11, 1971-72

 

UG courses (cont.):

Box 5

E-114 1971-72

Box 5

E-1 Intro to Eng., 1976-84 (several folders)

Box 5

E-1 – E6 1992 (several folders)

Box 5

ME 121 1998-99 (several folders)

Box 5

VTSS 115

Box 5

ME 114A 1967-68

Box 5

E-1 Mfg. Assignments 1980

Box 5

E-1 Mfg. Assignments 1983

Box 5

E-1 pre-1991

Box 5

E-1/VTSS 51 1993

Box 5

E-1/VTSS 51 1991

Box 5

E-1/VTSS 51 1992

Box 5

E-1 Mfg. Assignments 1992

Box 5

E-1, 6 History slides

 

Quality course:

Box 6

ME/IE 214 assorted files, 1992-2001

Box 6

1 file of photographs (class projects?)

Box 6

1 file of correspondence re Adams’ book publication, 1967-69

 

Quality course (cont.):

Box 7

ME/IE 214 assorted files, 1992-94

Box 7

ME 314 assorted files 2007-2008

Box 7

ME 216A file

 

VTSS 116 War & Technology

Box 6

Assorted files 1990-1998

 

VTSS 51-52-53 Sloan Course:

Box 8

Early Work & Funding

Box 8

Master copy VTSS 51-52-53 Reader

Box 8

Assignments, etc., 1986-89

Box 8

Miscellaneous (includes 2 photos)

Box 8

VTSS 51, 1991

Box 8

Course evaluations 1985-88 (3 folders)

Box 8

VTSS-53 projects (photographs)

Box 8

Hechinger, “The Meaning of Life” (essay on a lecture by Bob Osserman on topology and abstract manifolds), 1987

Box 8

PEW Grant expense materials, 1986

Box 8

Schedules and Readings (4 folders)

Box 8

Slide and illustrations

Box 8

Resource material (2 folders)

 

VTSS 51-52-53 Sloan Course (cont.):

Box 9

Resource materials (3 folders)

Box 9

Correspondence, 1982-84, and Sloan essay, 1984

Box 9

Sloan grants

Box 9

Sloan – Quant. Literary – New liberal arts

Box 9

Sloan / MIT activities

Box 9

Sloan miscellaneous (3 folders)

Box 9

Sloan “stuff”

Box 9

Sloan / Quant. Thinking

Box 9

New Liberal Arts Conference 1987

Box 9

New Liberal Arts – assorted syllabi

Box 9

Sloan miscellaneous (3 folders)

Box 9

VTSS 51 [course binder, now in folder]

 

VTSS 51-52-53 Sloan Course (cont.):

Box 10

VTSS 52 course binder

Box 10

VTSS 53 course binder

Box 10

VTSS 53 reader and handouts [binder] 1988-89

Box 10

VTSS 51 reader and handouts [binder] 1988

Box 10

VTSS 52 course binder

 

Miscellaneous graduate courses:

Box 11

ME214

Box 11

ME224

Box 11

ME219A (includes photos)

Box 11

Braille machine

 

Engineering School miscellaneous:

Box 11

1967 Study

Box 11

Writing & Speaking program 1970s

Box 11

Far Out Stuff

Box 11

Foreign Student Task Force

Box 11

Sch of Engineering Directory 1973-74

Box 11

Tau Beta Pi Teaching Survey Winter quarter 1975-76

Box 11

Teaching Improvement Guide School of Engineering 1978

Box 11

[Unlabelled - Loose materials]

Box 11

Undergraduate Curriculum

Box 11

Ellen Nold – Communications project 1979-80

Box 11

Colored Billets

Box 11

Course enrollments 1977-78

Box 11

Manpower Stuff [faculty billets]

Box 11

Planning

Box 11

First Cut, 5 year plan stuff

Box 11

School of Engineering Faculty & Resource Guide 1994-95 and 1997-98

Box 11

School of Engineering Facts 1993-94

Box 11

Academic Goals 1960-70 [includes older materials from 1940s and a photo of Dr. Nicholas Minorsky]

 

Engineering School miscellaneous (cont.):

Box 12

Curriculum Committee, School of Engineering, minutes and correspondence 1925-46 [bound volume]

Box 12

Manufacturing Study, memos, etc. 1993-95

Box 12

Manufacturing Study, Adv. Board presentation slides

Box 12

Manufacturing Study [assorted materials, several folders]

Box 12

Assorted reports, plans, studies [not in folders]

Box 12

Loose materials

Box 12

JLA – viewgraphs

Box 12

Grading information

Box 12

Percent of teaching per quarter 1978-79

Box 12

Statistics compiled for Pajaro retreat, Spring 1977-78

Box 12

Slots [billets] Sch. Of Engineering

Box 12

National Conference for Deans of Business and Engineering Proceedings Dec. 1-3, 1980

Box 12

Assorted SU and Engineering publications

 

Engineering School miscellaneous (cont.):

Box 13

Card file: resource file on information related to improving teaching and learning experiences

 

Mechanical Engineering Design Division:

Box 13

Reorganization (memo and notes)

Box 13

Photographs (mostly student projects) 1970-74 and undated

Box 13

Design Division brochures and publications

Box 13

Loose materials

Box 13

Memo: “To the Faculty of the Design Division” from graduate students, undated

Box 13

Mechanical Engineering division publications, 1992-97 and undated

Box 13

Braille Machine – prints, copy 2

Box 13

Design: class miscellany

Box 13

Esalen etc.Winter 1967

Box 13

Adams to Arnold on teaching of product design, 1960

Box 13

Mexico 1975

Box 13

Dreyfuss article, final, 1991

Box 13

Integration of Creativity into the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum: reader and syllabus, 1989

Box 13

Mfg. Course proposal 1991

Box 13

The Design Academy: cover letter and summary 2002

Box 13

Photographs, including those from First Design Div. Esalen weekend

Box 13

Rotary Refuse Reducer Final Layout (drawing) 1970

Box 13

DD/ME thinking 1995-98

Box 13

Architecture

Box 13

[Graduate design courses – folder with memo and design drawings 1973]

Box 13

Photographs from a project

Box 13

Center for Innovation at Stanford University

Box 13

Stanford publications, miscellaneous

Box 13

Miscellaneous class materials, correspondence

Box 13

Non-Stanford publications

 

Industrial Engineering:

Box 13

Photographs (events and people) undated

Box 13

Report from the Engineering Management Task Force to the Advisory council, Feb. 4, 1993

Box 13

IE faculty and staff photos

Box 13

Students [mostly re advisory issues?]

Box 13

IE stuff (memos, reports and others) 1973-75

Box 13

People (IEEM faculty and staff)

Box 13

IE account 1986

Box 13

IE miscellany and pubs

Box 13

Progress Report Oct. 15, 1969 NASA Contract NgR 05-020-345

 

NASA / ASEE Summer Faculty Program in Engineering Systems Design

 

Final reports:

Box 14

Synthetic Carbohydrate; an aid to nutrition in the future 1972

Box 14

Wildland Fire Management (2 volumes) 1973

Box 14

Engineering Education and a Lifetime of Learning 1974

Box 14

Space Settlements, A Design Study 1975

Box 14

Air Improvement Recommendations for the San Francisco Bay Area 1970

Box 14

Design Study of a Metropolitan Air Transit System MAT 1969

Box 14

Planning for Airport Access; an analysis of the San Francisco Bay Area 1977

Box 14

Project Cyclops, a design study of a system for detecting extraterrestrial intelligent life 1971

Box 14

Moonlab; preliminary design of a manned lunar laboratory 1968

Box 14

The SAINT Project; preliminary design of an international satellite communication system 1967

 

Assorted proposals, reports, booklets on the Program, 1966-76

 

Publicity file

 

News articles

 

Moonlab - draft report

 

Engineering Education and a Lifetime of Learning - draft report

 

Unlabeled file of tables, illustrations

 

US-USSR Marx Exploration Initiative – 2 items 1991

 

Stanford – Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

Box 15

Stanford-JPL interaction (correspondence and other materials) 1959-60

Box 15

JPL papers

Box 15

JPL talks

Box 15

JPL educational

Box 15

[folder of loose materials]

Box 15

Miscellaneous publications on missiles, rockets, etc.

Box 15

Proceedings of the 3rd Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium, Held at the JPL, May 23-24, 1968

 

Stanford Miscellany:

Box 15

Ad Hoc Faculty Information Committee 1968-69

Box 15

CTTL committee 1995-98

Box 15

Assorted publications

Box 15

Memos, clippings, and other items

 

San Jose Tech Center (The Tech Center):

Box 15

High Technology Science Center 1984

Box 15

Expo ’85 Japan (mostly pubs)

Box 15

The Tech Center – assorted correspondence, memos, newsletters etc. (3 folders)

 

James Adams’ Correspondence / chron files:

Box 16

Correspondence Sept. 1966 – Aug. 1967

Box 16

Correspondence Sept. 1967 – Aug. 1968

Box 16

Correspondence Sept. 1968 – Aug. 1969

Box 16

Correspondence Sept. 1969 – Aug. 1970

Box 16

Correspondence Sept. 1970 – July 1971

Box 16

Correspondence Sept. 1971 – Aug. 1972 (1 of 2)

Box 16

Correspondence Sept. 1971 – Aug. 1972 (2 of 2)

Box 16

Correspondence Aug. 1972 – Aug. 1973

Box 16

Correspondence Aug. 1973 – May 1974

Box 16

Correspondence 1974-75

Box 16

Correspondence 1975

Box 16

Correspondence 1976 #1

Box 16

Correspondence 1975-76 #2

Box 16

Correspondence 1976-77 #1

Box 16

Correspondence 1977 #2

Box 16

Correspondence 1977 #3

Box 16

Correspondence 1978 #1

Box 16

Correspondence 1979

Box 16

Correspondence Jan. 16, 1978 – Nov. 26, 1979

Box 16

Correspondence Jan. 17, 1980 – June 26, 1980

Box 16

Correspondence July 1, 1980 – Nov. 11, 1980

Box 16

Correspondence Nov. 11, 1980 – June 23, 1981

 

James Adams’ Correspondence / chron files (cont.):

Box 17

Correspondence June 25, 1981 – March 31, 1982

Box 17

Correspondence 1982

Box 17

Correspondence 1983

Box 17

Correspondence Jan. 3 – July 9, 1984

Box 17

Correspondence 1984-85

Box 17

Correspondence 1985-86

 

James Adams’ Correspondence as Assoc. Dean:

Box 17

Correspondence Oct. 1975 – June 1976

Box 17

Correspondence Oct. 1975 – April 1977

Box 17

Correspondence Aug. 1976 – Nov. 1977

Box 17

Stanford publications with entries by Adams marked

Box 17

Non-Stanford publications with entries by Adams marked

Box 17

Adams, Space Technology. Volume II Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering (NASA)

Box 17

NASA Technical Notes D-1211 and D-1351 by Adams (Effects of the Time Lag due to Long Transmission Distances)

Box 17

Adams, Spacecraft Engineering. Space Technology Summer Institute, California Institute of Technology, June 1964

Box 17

Adams, Space Systems Engineering. Space Technology Summer Institute, UCLA, June 1965

Box 17

APA talk – program and notes, 1967

Box 17

Adams, assorted reprints and articles

Box 18

Original newspapers and photocopies of news clippings