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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections
Rufus M. Jones Collection

Ms. Coll. 1130
154 boxes

Table of contents

Biographical background

 Rufus Matthew Jones (1863-1948) was educated at Union Springs (NY) Friends School, Friends School, Providence, RI, Haverford College and Harvard University. He studied languages and philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, taught at several Friends schools. In 1893 Jones became philosophy professor at Haverford College and editor of several Quaker periodicals. Jones undertook graduate philosophy studies at Harvard in 1901 and returned to Haverford as full professor where he remained for 30 years. Throughout this time he was active in the international efforts of Friends through such organizations as World Conference of Friends, American Friends Service Committee, American Friends Fellowship Council, and Wider Quaker Fellowship. During his career Jones published over 50 works related to mysticism, Quakerism and history. (Information from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography, Haverford College).

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Scanned Image Rufus M. Jones, photograph ca. 1940. (approximately 39K).

Summary of collection

The Rufus M. Jones Collection is extensive and the finding aid is in development. This box list will give the user an appreciation of the depth of the collection and an idea of where to find material. Although the Finding Aid is not complete, the material is available for study.

Arrangement and description of collection

  • Group 1 - Letters to Rufus M. Jones 1885 - 1949 (Boxes 1 - 47)
  • Group 2 - Letters from Rufus M. Jones 1875 - 1949 (Boxes 48 - 60)
  • Group 3 - Diaries 1875-1948 (Box 61 - 63)
  • Group 4 - Financial Papers (Box 64 - 65)
  • Group 5 - Manuscripts (Box 66- 96)
  • Group 6 - Notes for Haverford Classes (Box 97- 100)
  • Group 7 - Material about Rufus M. Jones 1800- present (Box 101 - 122)
  • Group 8 - Letters to and From Elizabeth Bartram Cadbury Jones 1880-1953 (Box 123 - 133)
  • Group 9 - Miscellaneous (Box 134)
  • Group 10 - Photographs (Box 135 - 140)
  • Group 11 - Short Talks and Articles on Cards (Box 141-142)
  • Group 12 - Letters to and From his daughter, Mary Hoxie Jones 1911 to present (Box 143 - 154)

Group 1 - Letters to Rufus M. Jones | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1885-1896
  2. Sarah Coutant Jones to RMJ, 1887-1897
  3. SCJ to RMJ, 1897-1899
  4. SCJ to RMJ, 1898-1899; Lowell Jones
  5. 1900-1902
  6. Ellen Wood to RMJ, 1900; Elizabeth Bartram Cadbury Jones to RMJ, 1900-1902
  7. 1903
  8. 1904
  9. 1905
  10. 1906-07
  11. 1908-10
  12. 1911-13
  13. 1914
  14. 1915
  15. 1916
  16. 1917
  17. 1918
  18. 1919
  19. 1920
  20. 1921
  21. 1922
  22. 1923
  23. 1924
  24. 1925
  25. 1926
  26. 1927
  27. 1928
  28. 1929
  29. 1930
  30. 1931 (A-H)
  31. 1931 (I-Z)
  32. 1932
  33. 1933 (A-F)
  34. 1933 (G-Z)
  35. 1934
  36. 1935
  37. 1936
  38. 1937
  39. 1938
  40. 1939-40
  41. 1941
  42. 1942
  43. 1943
  44. 1944
  45. 1945-46
  46. 1947
  47. 1948-49

Group 2 - Letters from Rufus M. Jones | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1875-1904
  2. 1886-March 1887
  3. April 1887-1898
  4. 1899-1902
  5. 1905-10
  6. 1911-1919
  7. 1920-23
  8. 1924-29
  9. 1930-33
  10. 1934-36
  11. 1937-41
  12. 1942-46
  13. 1947-49; Elizabeth B. Jones and Mary Hoxie Jones, 1949

Group 3 - Diaries | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1875-1889
  2. 1890-1917
  3. 1923-1948

Group 4 - Financial Papers | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. Letters from Trust Co.; RMJ Will; Deed of Trust
  2. Material Re: [sic]

Group 5 - Manuscripts | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1884-1909
  2. 1909-1919

Roundtree Series - 1920-1921

  1. Intro. - Chap. IV
  2. Chap. V - Chap. IX
  3. Chap. X - Chap. XV
  4. Chap. XVI - Chap. XXV
  5. 1920-1923
  6. 1924
  7. 1925-1929
  8. 1930
  9. 1930-1931
  10. 1932-1934
  11. 1933 - History of Haverford College
  12. 1935-1936
  13. 1937
  14. 1938-1939
  15. 1939 - Flowerinq of Mysticism - parts I & II of III
  16. 1939 - Flowering of Mysticism - part III
  17. 1940
  18. 1941
  19. 1942
  20. 1942-1947 - "Unpublished South China Stories"
  21. 1943
  22. 1944
  23. 1945-1946
  24. 1947-1948
  25. 1948
  26. Manuscript Fragments
  27. Manuscripts - Undated - Pendle Hill
  28. Manuscripts - Undated - Quaker
  29. Manuscripts - Undated - Miscellaneous

Group 6 - Rufus M. Jones Notes for Haverford Classes | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. English History, Psychology, Interpretation of New Testament
  2. Biblical Literature
  3. Development of Christian Thought
  4. Dev. of Christian Thought (cont.), Typescripts and Holographs of Chapters from Books and Articles

Group 7 - Material about Rufus M. Jones | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1800-1900 - RMJ and Family
  2. 1901-1909
  3. 1911-1915
  4. 1916-1920
  5. 1921-1925
  6. 1926-1928
  7. 1929-1931
  8. 1932-1934
  9. 1935-1937
  10. 1938-1941
  11. 1942-1946
  12. 1947-1948
  13. Letters to EBJ and MHJ 1948 - A-K
  14. Letters to EBJ and MHJ 1948 - L-Z
  15. Memorial Tribute to RMJ - 1948-1950
  16. 1948-1951
  17. 1952-1958
  18. 1959-1963
  19. Centennial of RMJ - 1963
  20. 1964-1969
  21. 1970-1981
  22. 'Undated Material' and 1982-present

Group 8 - Letters to and from Elizabeth Bartram Cadbury Jones (EBCJ) | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1880-1908 (includes drawings)
  2. Letters and diaries of EBC from a trip in 1900
  3. 1908-1929
  4. 1924-1929
  5. 1930-1935
  6. 1936-1944 - includes material about Lin Fung Kei, first Chinese student at Bryn Mawr College
  7. 1945-1952 - Letters to EBJ from family
  8. 1945-1952 - Letters to EBJ from friends and others
  9. Miscellaneous items re: EBJ
  10. Letters re: EBJ's illness and materials re: EBJ's death
  11. Letters re: Death of EBJ, 1952-1953

Group 9 - Miscellaneous | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. Medals presented to RMJ and miscellaneous artifacts

Group 10 -Photographs | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1900 and before
  2. 1901-1947, wedding 1902, prof. portraits 1920-1947
    Scanned Image Rufus M. Jones, photograph ca. 1940. (approximately 39K).
  3. At Haverford, in groups, overseas, and around U.S.
  4. Miscellaneous slides, mats and proofs of RMJ; photos of RMJ and EBJ together
  5. Photos of EBJ
  6. Photos of MHJ

Group 11 -Short Talks and Articles on Cards | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. Small groups and fragments
  2. Single cards

Group 12 - Letters to and from Mary Hoxie Jones | Table of contents | Summary | Arrangement

  1. 1911-1929 - also, diary from 1915-1918
  2. 1930-1935
  3. 1936-1952 - from MHJ to her parents and close friends
  4. Letters to MHJ - 1950-1952
  5. 1953-1957
  6. 1958-1961
  7. 1962-1966
  8. 1967-1974
  9. Letters from MHJ - 1950-1974
  10. Correspondence - 1975-1978
  11. 1979-1987
  12. 1988-present

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