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Collection Number: 00387

Collection Title: James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 15.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 7000 items)
Abstract James K. (Kimbrough) Jones (1839-1908) was a United States Senator from Arkansas, 1885-1903; and Washington, D.C., attorney for oil developers in Oklahoma. James Kimbrough Jones Junior (1867-1922) was a partner in his father's law practice. The collection includes legal, political, and business correspondence (including 21 letterpress copybooks) of James K. Jones; and of his son, James Kimbrough Jones Junior, lawyer for oil pipeline companies. The collection covers only the last years of the elder Jones's political career but includes letters from prominent national and Arkansas Democrats. The bulk of the papers concerns the oil industry in Oklahoma and other states. The Joneses represented developers seeking to lease government and Indian lands and appeared before Congress, executive agencies, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and federal courts for oil pipeline firms, most of which were connected with the Standard Oil Company. Also included are papers relating to other business interests: oil in Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, and Texas; Nevada gold mines; railroads in Arkansas and other western states; real estate in Arkansas, Texas, and South Dakota; oil and mining in Mexico; and Civil War claims of Arkansas citizens against the federal government. Correspondence includes letters from many prominent early oil entrepreneurs and gives a picture of society in Oklahoma in the early 20th century.
Creator Jones, James K. (James Kimbrough), 1839-1908.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James K. Jones Papers, #387, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. James K. Jones prior to 1940
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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James K. (Kimbrough) Jones (1839-1908) was a United States Senator from Arkansas, 1885-1903; and Washington, D.C., attorney for oil developers in Oklahoma. James Kimbrough Jones Junior (1867-1922) was a partner in his father's law practice.

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The collection includes legal, political, and business correspondence (including 21 letterpress copybooks) of James K. Jones; and of his son, James Kimbrough Jones Junior, lawyer for oil pipeline companies. The collection covers only the last years of the elder Jones's political career but includes letters from prominent national and Arkansas Democrats. The bulk of the papers concerns the oil industry in Oklahoma and other states. The Joneses represented developers seeking to lease government and Indian lands and appeared before Congress, executive agencies, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and federal courts for oil pipeline firms, most of which were connected with the Standard Oil Company. Also included are papers relating to other business interests: oil in Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, and Texas; Nevada gold mines; railroads in Arkansas and other western states; real estate in Arkansas, Texas, and South Dakota; oil and mining in Mexico; and Civil War claims of Arkansas citizens against the federal government. Correspondence includes letters from many prominent early oil entrepreneurs and gives a picture of society in Oklahoma in the early 20th century.

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Contents list

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The collection contains letters, telegrams, and legal papers. The 21 volumes of letterbooks contain copies of correspondence sent out from the Jones' law firm. The papers and letterbooks used in conjunction usually present both sides of the correspondence.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 1a

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1900-1904 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 1

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1905 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 2-5

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1906 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 6-20

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1907 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 21-31

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1908 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 32-42

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1909 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 43-61

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1910 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 62-76

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1911 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 77-89

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1912 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 90-100

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1913 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 101-111

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1914 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 112-126

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1915 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 127-138

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1916 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 139-153

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1917 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 154-158

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1918 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 159-169

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1919 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 170-181

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1920 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 182-194

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1921 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 195-199

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Undated #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 200-202

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Vol. 1, 29 September 1905-31 May 1906 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 203

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Vol. 2, 31 May 1906-15 September 1906 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 204

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Vol. 3, 17 September 1906-12 November 1906 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 205

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Vol. 4, 13 November 1906-15 April 1907 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 206

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Vol. 5, 15 April 1907-29 August 1907 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 207

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Vol. 6, 29 August 1907-20 February 1908 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 208

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Vol. 7, 24 February 1908-10 June 1908 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 209

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Vol. 8, 5 June 1908-6 May 1909 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 210

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Vol. 9, 11 June 1908-4 October 1911 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 211

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Vol. 10, 7 May 1909-21 May 1910 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 212

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Vol. 11, 23 May 1910-9 July 1912 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 213

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Vol. 12, 10 July 1912-25 July 1914 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 214

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Vol. 13, 29 July 1914-17 February 1916 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 215

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Vol. 14, 18 February 1916-16 February 1917 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 216

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Vol. 15, 19 February 1917-5 July 1918 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 217

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Vol. 16, 6 July 1918-30 July 1920 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 218

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Vol. 17, 5 March 1919-12 July 1920 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 219

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Vol. 18, 2 January 1919-4 November 1921 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 220

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Vol. 19, 21 April 1919-6 June 1921 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 221

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Vol. 20, 20 July 1920-15 November 1921 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 222

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Vol. 21, 30 July 1920-10 November 1921 #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 223

Folder 224

Loose Spine Covers #00387, Series: "James K. Jones Papers, 1900-1921 and undated." Folder 224

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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