1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY
1400 Washington AveAlbanyNY

Louis C. Jones Papers

1936

PDF Version

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
Quantity:
1 cubic ft.

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.

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

Processed by: David Ackley

Collection record created by: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on

Published: 2017-04-14 13:33:49 -0400

Encoded in EAD by Melissa McMullen, 2012

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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.
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

be82881ed260539213aae2544ca7565d

1 1Jones' circular letters to service personnel1943-1945

6cb11e5a889928e9588419c4f5e892dc

1 2-22Letters to Jones from former students of the State Teachers College at Albany1942-1945

f07cb92e9d6ac5e0a10cb586fb7d5041

1 23Letters (unidentified) to Jones1942-1945

ddb732ae8e27e4f7cb1b0b68eb41764a

1 24Miscellaneous war transmittals1945

7ba99b55b58152b1ca58619f7d8de33f

1 25Photos (identified) of State students in service1942-1945

a23c2eaf1e59695605aba6bd13c10632

1 26Photos (unidentified) of State students in service1942-1945

28145cd58d943838af8b65ddec5d742b

1 27Personal correspondence to Louis C. Jones1944

ee5c18127a88d64f521a21ed0646db16

1 28Military public relation releases1944-1945

a45a910d77af17e116769d0a2e87a1fb

1 29List of students in military service with obituaries1941 August-1945 May

414f5fba91233833ebb0b163f400d5ce

1 30Card index to file of former State students serving in World War II1942-1945
Quantity: 0.1 cubic ft.
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

17693d91b7bfe8501a65a994308729e7

1 31 The Berlin Murder Case in Folklore and Ballad 1936

5ed35aa67bcc03b1c7d24b520cba75f5

1 32 Bill Greenfield: A Nearly Forgotten Hero 1936

fb45bc3727dbca3abcc9a0e410d597dd

1 33 The College Research Paper 1936

9bd0b1a0666ee286c76e36701f78dab2

1 34 Structural Charts of Great Dramas 1936

c732bc69f4ff2e611bdd882397da3fe4

1 35 Paul Bunyan is Back 1941

4b1cc4ba494524a6035c0929abd20eb9

1 36 Hitchhiking Ghosts in New York 1944

3aec15f8ca4ff17c522ea722cc58032a

1 37 The Ghosts of New York: An Analytical Study 1944

d0507e10e6714e54f9afa12e92d85bc3

1 38 Spooks of the Valley (first draft) 1947-1948

a75596252861b9ace0bb412223f8db9a

1 39 Practitioners of Folk Medicine 1949

c0bf5b73a7fee160831d67ee96542019

1 40 A Long Look Over My Left Shoulder 1965

1d342eedf2bf0dcf5a5f8cf4b227c1e9

1 41 The Crime and Punishment of Stephen Arnold 1966

59518cc8b35e07bdbed63af591ed6810

1 42Press releases on Jones1954-1978