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Robert S. Jones papers, 1921-2001

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-39
The collection is primarily made up of drafts and manuscript versions of Robert S. Jones' novels Force of Gravity (Viking, 1991) and Walking on Air (Houghton Mifflin, 1995). Also included are notebooks and date books, correspondence, newspapers and magazines, scrapbooks, loose photographs, and other miscellaneous items.

Dates

  • 1921-2001

Creator

Extent

13 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Biographical Note

Robert S. Jones was American novelist and editor. He was born in Santa Monica, CA on March 3, 1954. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1976 and went on to receive a master's degree from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. After graduate school Jones taught courses in Women's Studies, Art History, and Literature part-time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and in a college program for inmates at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. At the height of the AIDS crisis in the U.S., Jones was the media coordinator of the New York chapter of the ACT UP AIDS Awareness Organization. Jones began work as an editor at HarperCollins (then Harper & Row) in 1985, and at the time of his death in 2001 was Editor in Chief. In addition to his work as an editor, Jones published two novels: Force of Gravity (Viking, 1991) and Walking on Air (Houghton Mifflin, 1995). Jones' also wrote a number of short stories which appeared in "Q" and in "Best American Gay Fiction 1996." He died in New York, NY on August 13, 2001.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Force of Gravity
  2. Walking on Air
  3. Notes and Correspondence
  4. Newspaper Clippings
  5. Miscellaneous Items
  6. Additional Materials Received in January 2016

Location

Box 1: Archives Storage, Range 22A, Section 5

Boxes 2-3: Archives Storage, Range 22B, Section 5

Box 4: Archives Office, Section 7

Boxes 5-6: Archives Storage, Range 21A, Section 1

Boxes 7-15: Archives Storage, Range 21B, Section 1

Boxes 16-19: Archives Office, Section 7

Provenance

This collection was donated to the Warren Hunting Smith Library by Lewis Brindle in 2006. Additional materials in the last series were donated by Lewis Brindle in 2016.

Source

Creator

Title
Robert S. Jones papers, 1921-2001: A Finding Aid
Status
completed
Author
Martha Clark and Katie Lamontagne, Archivist
Date
July 2014
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Warren Hunting Smith Library
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva New York 14456 U.S.A. US (United States)