Los Angeles radio announcer (radio station KOWL), actor (in movies such as "Carmen Jones" and "The Manchurian Candidate," and the Broadway musical "Jamaica." He later became Ray Charles's manager.
Papers relating almost entirely to Adams's career in radio, both local and network, including a few letters, photographs (approx. 59), clippings, and two scrapbooks (one black, one burgundy) containing some photographs but mostly clippings about Adams and his work. Some photographs by Howard Morehead.
Joe Adams Papers, 1948-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History