John Henry Adams

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John Henry Adams

Librarian II, Research and Instruction Librarian

Special Collections
UASCDS, Rare Books & Special Collections

  • Master of Library Science, Indiana University, 2019
  • Ph.D., English Literature, Arizona State University, 2015
  • Master of Arts, English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Literature, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2007


Student Appointments

About Me

I started on my path to librarianship during my PhD in English literature at Arizona State University, where I wrote a dissertation focusing on representations of books in sixteenth-century England. I then attended Indiana University for my MLS with a specialization in rare books and manuscripts. After completing my studies, I came to work here in Special Collections at the University of Missouri. I co-teach class sessions, working especially with faculty from the English and German & Russian Studies departments. I additionally provide assistance to patrons in the reading room and prepare exhibits highlighting the collections at the Special Collections.

Recent Publications and Presentations


Professional Associations

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section)
  • American Printing History Association
  • Bibliographical Society of America
  • TPS Collective

Areas of Expertise

  • Book arts
  • History of the book (esp. European and North American)
  • History of cartography
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Hand press printing
  • British Literature, esp. 800-1800
  • German Literature, esp 1100-1800
  • Rare books reference and bibliography

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