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William Powell Jones letter collection

 Collection
Identifier: Spec-Coll-00037

Scope and Content

This collection consists of letters, one Common Place Book, and miscellaneous documentation related to nine of the authors. The earliest document, Joseph Clarke's Common Place Book, dates from ca.1750 while the most recent letter was written by Henry Algernon George, Lord Percy in 1909. Most of the letters date from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Dates

  • 1750-1909

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use of this collection.

Biography of William Powell Jones

William Powell Jones (1901-1989) was born in Cochran, Georgia on October 30, 1901, son of Walter Colquitt Jones, a Methodist preacher, and his wife Melvina Powell Jones. After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta in 1921, he taught English in Japan under the aegis of the Southern Methodist Missionary Board from 1921-1923. He earned his Masters degree in English from Harvard University in 1925, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1927. He was a member of the faculty there from 1928-1930.

In 1930 he joined the faculty at Western Reserve University (WRU), where he remained for the rest of his career, with the exception of his service in World War II. From 1943-1945, he was a Major in the Military Intelligence Service, researching manpower levels in the Japanese military.

At WRU, after the war, he taught 18th century literature, Chaucer and great books. He was the dean of Adelbert College from 1947-1954, and chairman of the English Department from 1953 until he retired in 1967. Jones was a member of the Rowfant Club (a Cleveland bibliophilic society) for over 30 years, serving as its president in 1958, and was a member of the Gates Mills Improvement and Historical Society. He died of heart failure on July 28, 1989.

Extent

.84 linear feet

Overview

This collection consists of letters, one Common Place Book, and miscellaneous documentation related to nine of the authors. The earliest document, Joseph Clarke's Common Place Book, dates from ca.1750 while the most recent letter was written by Henry Algernon George, Lord Percy in 1909. Most of the letters date from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Statement of Arrangement

The letters in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the author.

Acquisition Information

Donated to Special Collections by William Powell Jones prior to 1980.
Title
Finding aid for the William Powell Jones Letter Collection
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Eleanor Blackman
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH 44106-7151 United States
216.368.0189