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Herman T. Jones papers

Call Number: RH MS 1112


The Herman T. Jones papers are those of a long time Kansas resident who was an educator at Western University and Kansas Vocational School during the 1930s-1940s and at Prarie View University and Training School (Texas) from the 1950s-70s.


  • Creation: 1933 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Herman T. Jones

Herman Theodric Jones was born May 26, 1906 in Little Rock, Arkansas to John Redel and Gertrude Beatrice (Leatherwood) Jones. Jones received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Zoology from the University of Kansas; he also did graduate work in Education Administration at that University. From 1932-1939, Jones taught and was Registrar at Western University in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1939, he became Principal of Topeka, Kansas' Kansas Vocational School. Eight years later, in 1947, Jones accepted a position in the Prairie View University (Prairie View, Texas) Biology Department. He later became Principal of the Prairie View Training School, serving from 1951 until his 1971 retirement.

Jones was active in a number of activities, including Alpha Phi Alpha, the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, and the Ambassador Club, of which he was president.

Jones married Gwendolyn Mae Butler on Jan 12, 1934 in Kansas City, Kansas. The couple had four children, Ralph Martin, Janet Elaine, Gayle Carolyn, and Patricia Lee. Herman T. Jones died April 3, 1983 in Hempstead, Texas.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 5 folders, 1 oversize box)

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Scope and Contents

The Herman T. Jones Papers date from 1933 to 1999 and are arranged in a single series. They consist of such items as correspondence, clippings, school papers, and speeches. Folder arrangement is alphabetical.

Photographs from the Collection are located at RH MS-P 1112. Oversize material is located at RH MS Q282.

Physical Location

RH MS 1112

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1112

Physical Location

RH MS Q282

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Gayle Jones Lewis, 1997, 1999.

Related Materials

Jones, Herman Theodric, Spermatogenesis of three species of cockroaches / by Herman Theodric Jones. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Kansas, Zoology, 1933, at Thesis 1933 Jones, Herman, University of Kansas Libraries

Guide to the Herman T. Jones Collection
Herman T. Jones papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2008; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2008; revised by skt, 2010
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Support for the Processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Herman T. Jones Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1112, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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