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Louis C. Jones Papers

19361941-19451947-19491954-1978

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Abstract

The Louis C. Jones Papers consist primarily of the circular letters sent by Jones during World War II to former students of the State Teachers College and replies to these letters from service men and women. Jones was employed by the New York State College for Teachers, first as an Instructor (1934-42) and later as an Associate Professor of English (1942-46).

Summary

Creator:
Jones, Louis C. (Louis Clark), 1908-1990
Date Coverage:
1936
Date Coverage:
1941-1945
Date Coverage:
1947-1949
Date Coverage:
1954-1978
Quantity:
1 cubic ft. (about 1 boxes)

Louis C. Jones was born in Albany, New York, on June 28, 1908. He received a B.A. in English from Hamilton College in 1930 and an L.H.D. in 1962. Jones obtained his master's degree in 1931 and a Ph.D. in 1941, both from Columbia University. Jones began his teaching career as an Instructor of English at Long University (1931-32) and at Syracuse University (1933-34). Jones was employed by the New York State College for Teachers, first as an Instructor (1934-42) and later as an Associate Professor of English (1942-46). In 1946 Jones was appointed Executive Director of the New York State Historical Association and Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Jones also served as a professor and director of the Cooperstown graduate program of the State University of New York at Oneonta. Jones was fascinated with folklore and ghostlore. This interest led Jones to publish Spooks of the Valley (1948) and Things That Go Bump in the Night (1959). The latter emphasizes the traditional folklore about ghosts and ghost hauntings in New York State.

The Louis C. Jones Papers consist primarily of the circular letters sent by Jones during World War II to former students of the State Teachers College and replies to these letters from service men and women.[1] The primary focus of this correspondence was the activities of former students, but interspersed in the letters are comments about social conditions at home and abroad and a few observation about combat conditions. The papers contain numerous photographs of serving personnel. The papers also contain a sampling of Jones' publications, primarily relating to New York folklore and specifically to ghostlore. Four of the circular letters written by Jones were transcribed for the University at Albany Veterans Project. The letters dated October 9, 1943; February 11, 1944; April 28, 1944; and March 14, 1945 are availalbe online. The New York State Historical Association holds the Louis C. Jones Folklore Archives in the Special Collections Department of its Research Library. It contains materials collected by Jones' students in American Folklore at the New York State College for Teachers. Related manuscript collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the University Archives, Folklore subject page, and Military and Armed Conflict subject page.

1. In 1943, Jones took over the task of corresponding with State College service personnel from Dr. D. V. Smith who had left State College to assume the presidency of Cortland State Teachers' College. State College News, September 24, 1943, p. 3.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by subject while Series 2 is arranged chronologically, by publication.

  • Series 1 - World War II Correspondence, 1942-1946
  • Series 2 - Publications, 1936-1978

Louis C. Jones initially donated his papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Processed by: David Ackley in 2012.

Collection record created by: Melissa McMullen

Published: 2012

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Louis C. Jones Papers, 1936. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.9 cubic ft. (about 0.9 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically.
This series consists mainly of letters and postcards. Also included are some war department press releases, newspaper clippings and photographs of former students of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany who were serving in the armed services. The papers also contain a card index listing the names and service addresses of all former State College students serving in the armed services from 1941 to 1945. Though for the most part the files contain correspondence relating to the activities of fellow students, they also include observations about fellow servicemen from the greater Albany area and about the social conditions where the correspondents were stationed. There are few observations about combat conditions.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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11Jones' circular letters to service personnel1943-1945

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12-22Letters to Jones from former students of the State Teachers College at Albany1942-1945

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123Letters (unidentified) to Jones1942-1945

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124Miscellaneous war transmittals1945

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125Photos (identified) of State students in service1942-1945

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126Photos (unidentified) of State students in service1942-1945

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127Personal correspondence to Louis C. Jones1944

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128Military public relation releases1944-1945

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129List of students in military service with obituaries1941 August-1945 May

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130Card index to file of former State students serving in World War II1942-1945
Quantity: 0.1 cubic ft. (about 0.1 boxes)
Arranged chronologically by publication year.
This series contains press releases associated with Louis C. Jones' career as well as drafts and off prints of his works on folklore. The publications and press releases were taken from the University Archives Faculty Vertical File and relate to Jones' career and his interest in folklore.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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131 The Berlin Murder Case in Folklore and Ballad 1936

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132 Bill Greenfield: A Nearly Forgotten Hero 1936

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133 The College Research Paper 1936

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134 Structural Charts of Great Dramas 1936

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135 Paul Bunyan is Back 1941

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136 Hitchhiking Ghosts in New York 1944

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137 The Ghosts of New York: An Analytical Study 1944

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138 Spooks of the Valley (first draft) 1947-1948

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139 Practitioners of Folk Medicine 1949

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140 A Long Look Over My Left Shoulder 1965

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141 The Crime and Punishment of Stephen Arnold 1966

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142Press releases on Jones1954-1978