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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Perry Adams Papers
    Dates: ca. 1967-1980
    Collection Number: Mss 1
    Creator: Adams, Perry
    Extent: .8 linear feet (2 document boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Abstract: Files relating to Isla Vista organizations and issues; correspondence (1980) and typescript draft of Adams' unpublished study Murder from Within, co-authored with Fred T. Newcomb, alleging the JFK assassination was engineered by the U.S. Secret Service; and scattered issues of newspapers, mainly of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara, and California alternative press.
    Physical Location: Del Sur.
    Language: English.

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Perry Adams Papers. Mss 1. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Perry Adams, ca. 1980; additions from Perry Adams estate, ca. 1997.


    Horace Perry Adams was born in Covina, California on December 18, 1938. After briefly attending the University of Buffalo in New York, he enlisted in the Army and served in Europe during the 1950s. While in France, he met his wife, Bonnie. They returned to California to be married, and Adams studied Political Science at San Jose State College. In 1965, the couple moved to Goleta, California, and soon Adams was working at the University of California Santa Barbara's Davidson Library, where he would remain for the next 29 years. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he collaborated with Fred T. Newcomb on a book detailing their theories about the Kennedy assassination. Although the work would ultimately fail to find a publisher, the manuscript was widely circulated among conspiracy theorists, and he and Newcomb appeared in a segment on the NBC TV news magazine Inside Report in 1990. Perry Adams retired from the library in the spring of 1996 after being diagnosed with cancer. He died at his home in Goleta on March 13, 1997.

    Scope and Content of Collection


    The collection contains:
    Isla Vista Files. Mainly relating to Isla Vista organizations such as the Isla Vista Community Service Center (IVCSC). Printed reports and other publications have been removed and cataloged separately. More extensive files relating to these organizations are located in the Isla Vista Archives (SBHC Mss 41).
    Murder from Within. Correspondence (1980) and typescript draft of Adams' unpublished study, co-authored with Fred T. Newcomb, which alleges that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was engineered by the United States Secret Service.
    Newspapers. Scattered issues, mainly of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara, and California alternative press titles.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Adams, Perry
    Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Assassination.
    United States. Secret Service.