Bruce A. Adams family papers

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US US kmk P2014.02

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Bruce A. Adams family papers


  • 1891-2003 (Creation)


8.00 Linear Feet, 14.00 Boxes

Post- Fire Oversize Extent:
Box 13 (19x25x1.5); 509S: 19/7/5
Box 11 (10x15); 509: 20/22/4

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Biographical history

Bruce A. Adams was a K-State graduate and veteran of the U.S. Army. Adams came from a family of K-State graduates and military veterans, including both his father, George Adams Jr., and grandfather, George Adams Sr. Bruce Adams earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from K-State in 1969, while also being commissioned to the Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In 1970, Adams received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from K-State. From 1970 to 1971, he attended the U.S. Army Adjutant General School at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. Adams was on active duty from 1970 to 1978. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1971 and to Captain in 1974, before being reassigned to the U.S. Army Reserve in 1978. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve in 1987, to Colonel in 1992, and to Brigadier General in 1998. Adams retired from the Army Reserve in 2003.

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Scope and content

Bruce A. Adams Family Papers include genealogical and biographical information, educational records, military records, personal correspondence, and numerous photographs of Kansas natives Bruce A. Adams (KSU Class of 1969), George Earl Adams Jr. (KSU Class of 1948), George Earl Adams Sr., and their families. Of particular interest are World War II documents and photographs of George E. Adams Jr. who served as a reconnaissance pilot in Europe in 1944-45. The 31-year distinguished military career of K-State ROTC graduate Brigadier General Bruce Adams is well represented in the collection by a wide range of documents including three large photo albums that reflect in detail General Adams’ education, military training, military service, and personal life. The collection can be of interest to researchers whose scholarship focuses on twentieth-century American history, Kansans in the military, descendants of Seneca County, New York, and Atchison County, Kansas.

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The Bruce A. Adams Family papers are arranged in 14 boxes.

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All materials are open for research

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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This collection received the accession number P2014.02.

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Acqusition Date: 20140101

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  • Citation: [item title], [item date], Bruce Adams papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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