This page describes the ongoing research activities sponsored by the Adams Center, and also contains links to significant resources of cold war military and diplomatic history.
Preston Library’s collections include over 300,000 volumes of print materials, over 5000 non-print items, and more than 300 scientific, literary, and general interest print periodicals. In addition, the library provides access to more than 100 full-text and citation databases and over 60,000 full-text electronic journals, many purchased through VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia). Preston Library is a selective depository of U.S. government publications, with current holdings of about 200,000 federal and state documents.
Part of the Preston Library, VMI Archives also possesses an important collection of Cold War materials. The “VMI at War” and oral history projects (see below) and associated collections reside in the VMI Archives. Begun by Albert Conner ’66, the collection contains materials from VMI veterans who served during the Cold War as well as in other conflicts.
The Oral History Project
The Oral History Project, a project of the Adams Center, has bolstered those holdings with almost 200 interviews of Cold War veterans and by soliciting papers and other materials from such individuals. The center also sees a significant advantage in involving VMI cadets as interviewers, in archival research, in conference presentations, and in publication. Cadets use oral history techniques as part of their classroom work, for capstone and independent research projects, in prize competitions, and for summer internships. As a longer-term goal, the center hopes to engage a full-time oral historian. Click to visit the Cold War Oral History Project
The Marshall Library
The mission of the George C. Marshall Research Library is to collect, preserve, and make available to scholars a documented record of the life and public service career of George Catlett Marshall. That mission includes a variety of military and diplomatic history issues between the years 1900 and 1960. The Research Library's main holding is the George C. Marshall Papers.The Marshall Library and Museum is located on the campus of VMI and has partnered with the Adams Center on a number of research initiatives. Search the Marshall Library collections.
The Glantz Collection Project
The Adams Center is working with the George C. Marshall Library to acquire, process, and catalog David M. Glantz's '63 collection of Soviet military records. This collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Soviet military history outside of the former Soviet Union, and the Adams Center has begun a long-term effort to preserve and make it accessible to scholars and students.
The National Archives & Records Administration is an independent agency of the national government, and is responsible for preserving and documenting government and historical records and with increasing public access to those documents. The complete collection makes up the National Archives, and is housed in Washington D.C. and at College Park, MD, as well as in regional and affiliated facilities across the United States. Access the online catalog or explore their Digital Vaults.