John Henry Adams

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John Henry Adams

Librarian I, 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


  • Adams, John Henry. “Isabella Whitney and Textual Identity.” In New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, VI, edited by Arthur Marotti, 75-96. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2020).
  • Review of Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media, by Jacqueline Wernimont, Information & Culture 55, no. 2 (2020): 196-197.
  • McAllister, Lorrie and John Henry Adams, “Designing a Bright Future for Print Collections.” Against the Grain (June 2018): 32-33.
  • Review of The Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture, and Academic Librarianship, edited by Anne-Marie Deitering, Robert Schroeder, and Richard Stoddart, portal: Libraries and the Academy 18, no. 2 (April 2018): 237-238.

Professional Associations

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section)

Areas of Expertise

  • History of the book (esp. European and North American)
  • History of cartography
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Hand press printing
  • Early modern and medieval British literature
  • German medieval literature
  • Rare books reference and bibliography

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