W. Melville Jones Papers
Scope and Contents
This collection documents activities and events at the College of William and Mary during the career of W. Melville Jones. It is primarily composed of material collected in scrapbooks.
The first scrapbook was digitized and the original returned to the donor. For the digital scans of the first scrapbook, the papers are arranged as a model of the original volume. The papers are arranged chronologically with two loose photographs without a date filed at the end. Identification numbers are listed on the back of each photocopied page for association with the digital file. The digital files were printed and are available for use by researchers. A detailed description of each page is available in the inventory section of this finding aid.
The second scrapbook is maintained for the most part in its original order and format, though some blank pages have been removed from the volume. All loose material in the scrapbook was rehoused in folders and can be found in box 1 along with the photocopied pages of the digitized scrapbook. Box 1 also includes five folders containing information related to Dr. Jone's personal and professional interests.
- Creation: 1930-1982
- Jones, W. Melville, 1901-1992 (Person)
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Conditions Governing Access:
This collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Conditions Governing Use:
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
A 43-year professor, administrator, and booster at the College of William and Mary, Dr. W. Melville Jones (1901-1992) joined the College's English faculty in 1928 after serving as an instructor at Ohio State University (1924-1925) and the University of Richmond (1925-1928). As a faculty member in the Department of English, Dr. Jones served first as an assistant professor and, after earning his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1953, was named full professor in 1954 and chancellor professor in 1963. Dr. Jone's career took on a new aspect in the last two decades of his employment at William and Mary, as he served as Dean of the Faculty from 1958 to 1964, and Dean of the College from 1964 to 1968. When Virginia recognized William and Mary as a full university in 1968, Dr. Jones became the Collegr's first vice president. His final position with the university was as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Upon his retirement in 1971, he was named Chancellor Professor of English, Emeritus. Dr. Jones was on leaves of absence in 1931-1932, Fall 1956, Spring 1957, and Fall 1957. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .
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Arrangement of Materials:
The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically within each series.
Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:
The first scrapbook was digitized and the original returned to the donor. For the digital scans of the first scrapbook, the papers are arranged as a model of the original volume. The digital files were printed and are available for use by researchers.
Acc. 1999.075, 2006.019 and Mss. Acc. 2006.067.
The first scrapbook that was digitized and returned to the donor was arranged and described by PJ Bell in 2006. Zach Hilpert arranged and described the second scrapbook and other materials in March 2007.
- Guide to the W. Melville Jones Papers
- Finding Aid Authors: PJ Bell, Zach Hilpert.
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- Language of description note
- The collection description/finding aid is written in English