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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Wallace E. Adams papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1978
    Collection number: 79013
    Creator: Adams, Wallace E. (Wallace Earl), 1926-
    Extent: 20 manuscript boxes, 2 card file boxes, 1 oversize box (9 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Notes, drafts, photocopies of French governmental documents, computer data cards, press summaries, and printed matter, relating to French politics and foreign policy during the Third and Fourth Republics, and especially to the career of the French politician André Tardieu. Mostly research material for the doctoral dissertation by W. E. Adams, "André Tardieu and French Foreign Policy, 1902-1919" (Stanford University, 1959). Includes some original notes by Tardieu.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English, and French.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Wallace E. Adams papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information



    Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Biographical Note

    1926 Born, Silverton, Oregon
    1949 Bachelor of Science degree, University of Oregon
    1951-1954 Special assistant to the Executive Officer, United States of America Operations Mission to France
    1958-1962 Assistant professor of European history, Arizona State University
    1959 PhD, Stanford University
    1962 Visiting professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
    1963-1970s Professor, Arizona State University

    Scope and Content Note

    The Wallace E. Adams papers in the Hoover Institution Archives consist primarily of Adams's writings and the research materials he accumulated over an academic career devoted to 20th century French history and, in particular, the career of the French politician André Tardieu. There is also a considerable amount of materials relating to Adams's service in France as an aid official with the United States of America Operations Mission to France, a successor to activities of the Marshall Plan.
    Adams completed his doctoral dissertation on Tardieu at Stanford University, and continued to conduct research on Tardieu's role in French politics, especially in relation to French colonial policies in Africa, thereafter. He collected a number of primary sources, including some of Tardieu's notebooks and unpublished writings, which form a separate series within the collection (see ANDRÉ TARDIEU FILE). There is a good deal of material in the collection relating to the so-called N'Goko Sangha affair in French West Africa and its possible impact on the origins of World War I, including copies of company records and official correspondence (see RESEARCH MATERIALS).
    As a graduate student, Adams had become interested in the possibilities afforded by computers to quantify trends in modern French politics. RESEARCH MATERIALS contains Adams's work in this regard, including statistical analyses of parliamentary voting records and government instability during the French Third Republic.
    The series concerning Adams's service in France during the 1950s contains press summaries and other materials that provide information on American perceptions of French politics and economic life during a period of Cold War tensions (see UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OPERATIONS MISSION TO FRANCE FILE).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Tardieu, André, 1876-1945.
    World War, 1914-1918--France.
    France--Politics and government--20th century.
    France--Foreign relations--20th century.