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Collection Number: 05292

Collection Title: Simmons Baker Jones Papers, 1904-2004 (bulk 1978-2004)

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Size 8.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1000 items)
Abstract Simmons Jones was born in Charlotte, N.C., in 1920, the son of Morehead Jones and Cornelia Dowd Jones. He served in World War II from 1941 to 1945 and afterward attended the University of North Carolina and Pembroke College at Oxford University. He later lived in New York City, working in the production end of the Broadway Theater and as a fashion photographer. He returned to Charlotte in 1974 where he completed his novel, Show Me the Way to Go Home, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 1992. He died in May 2006. The collection consists primarily of correspondence, drafts of writings, and journals. Correspondents include Robert Rubin of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Albert Chatham, Robert Cluett, and Thomas Gleaner, the last of whom's letters consist of elaborate collages. Full and fragmented drafts are included of Show Me the Way to Go Home and several unpublished novels. There are also drafts of short stories, poems, other works, and reviews of Show Me the Way to Go Home. Journals of Simmons Jones discuss daily life; alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous; homosexuality; aging; writing ideas; and other writers including William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and Flannery O'Connor, among others. Other materials include passports; clippings; genealogical materials for the Dowd family and the Jones family; an 1864 portrait of Jones's relative Edward Stuart Jones; collected quotes and poems; a brief biography of Simmons Jones; two rosters for the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion; and various cards, notes, and other items.
Creator Jones, Simmons, 1920-2006.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of floppy disks requires special staff assistance.
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 Simmons Baker Jones Papers #5292, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Simmons Baker Jones of Charlotte, N.C., in September 2006 (Acc. 100488).
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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Simmons Jones was born in Charlotte, N.C., in June 1920, the son of Morehead Jones and Cornelia Dowd Jones. As a young man, Jones wrote obituaries and ran the Poet's Corner for the Charlotte News, a newspaper owned by his mother. He served in World War II from 1941 to 1945 with the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion. Following the war, he attended the University of North Carolina and Pembroke College at Oxford University, graduating from neither. He lived in Paris, Rome, and in New York City for twenty years working in the production end of the Broadway Theater and as a fashion photographer. He returned to Charlotte in 1974 and lived in the Fourth Ward's Poplar Apartments, where he completed his novel, Show Me the Way to Go Home, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 1992. An exhibition of his fashion photography was held at Charlotte's The Light Factory in 2002. He died in May 2006.

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Papers of author and photographer Simmons Jones of Charlotte, N.C., and New York, N.Y., consist primarily of correspondence, drafts of writings, and journals. Correspondents include Robert Rubin of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Albert Chatham, Robert Cluett, and Thomas Gleaner, the last of whom's letters consist of elaborate collages. Full and fragmented drafts are included of Jones's published novel, Show Me the Way to Go Home (formerly titled "Summer Solstice"), and unpublished novels "Traveling Light" and "Passing Muster" (formerly titled "The Skin I'm In"). Also included are drafts of short stories, poems, other works, and reviews of Show Me the Way to Go Home. Journals of Simmons Jones discuss daily life; alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous; homosexuality; aging; writing ideas; and other writers including William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and Flannery O'Connor, among others. Other materials include passports, clippings, genealogical materials for the Dowd family and the Jones family, an 1864 portrait of Jones's relative Edward Stuart Jones, collected quotes and poems, a brief biography of Simmons Jones, two rosters for the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion, and various cards and notes and other items.

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Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1978-2003.

About 500 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Correspondents include Robert Rubin of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Albert Chatham, "Cousin" Robert Cluett, Thomas Gleaner, the Greensboro Preservation Society, International Creative Management, and Senior Resources Inc. Letters from Thomas Gleaner consist of elaborate collages, and Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer Gallery and Gruenebaun Gallery correspondence includes slides from Simmons Jones of a Joseph Glasco painting. Also included are floppy disks that contain letters from Jones to Robert Cluett, among others.

Folder 1

A-C #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 1

Folder 2-7

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Algonquin #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 2-7

Folder 8

Chatham, Albert #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 8

Folder 9-11

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Cluett, Robert #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 9-11

Folder 12

D-Q #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 12

Image Folder 13

Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer Gallery and Gruenebaun Gallery #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." 13

Includes slides of a Joseph Glasco painting owned by Jones.

Folder 14

Gleaner, Thomas #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 14

Folder 15

Greensboro Preservation Society #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 15

Folder 16

International Creative Management #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 16

Folder 17

R-Z #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 17

Folder 18

Senior Resources Inc. #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 18

Folder 19

Wallace, Carolyn #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 19

Folder 19a

Floppy discs: #05292, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1978-2003." Folder 19a

FD-5292/1: Letters from Simmons Jones to Robert Cluett: 30 April 1997-23 November 1998. There is also correspondence regarding the Carolina Theater, Poplar Apartments, medical payments, and other letters #05292, FD-5292/1
FD-5292/2: Additional 1997 correspondence with Robert Cluett, other letters to Lisa Lee, Poplar Apartments, and biographical and address information #05292, FD-5292/2
FD-5292/3: Letters from Simmons Jones to Robert Cluett: 15 June-16 September 1998 #05292, FD-5292/3
FD-5292/4: Letters to Robert Cluett, Helen Brann Agency, Poplar Apartments, Frye Gaillard, and Sixty-Eight Degrees Gallery #05292, FD-5292/4
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About 50 items.

Arrangement: by content.

Full and fragmented drafts of Jones' published novel, Show Me the Way to Go Home (formerly titled "Summer Solstice"), and unpublished novels "Traveling Light" and "Passing Muster" (formerly titled "The Skin I'm In"). Also included are drafts of short stories, poems, other pieces, and reviews of Show Me the Way to Go Home. For the most part, drafts are undated.

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Show Me the Way to Go Home: ("Master copy") #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 20-22

Folder 23-36

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Show Me the Way to Go Home: Other drafts #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 23-36

Folder 37-38

Folder 37

Folder 38

Show Me the Way to Go Home: Fragments #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 37-38

Folder 38a

Show Me the Way to Go Home: Reviews and dust jacket #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 38a

Folder 39-49

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

"Passing Muster": Drafts #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 39-49

Folder 49

"Passing Muster": Fragments #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 49

Folder 50-55

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

"Traveling Light": Drafts #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 50-55

Folder 56

"Traveling Light": Fragments #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 56

Folder 57

Short Stories: "Blade Hinson was Bad News" #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 57

Folder 58

Short Stories: "Duncan Phyfe" #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 58

Folder 59

Short Stories: "The Harold L. Gilleson Memorial Service" #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 59

Folder 60

Short Stories: "On Kinston Street" #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 60

Folder 61

Poems #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 61

Folder 62-62c

Folder 62

Other Drafts #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 62-62c

Folder 63

Floppy discs: #05292, Series: "2. Writings, 1978-1996." Folder 63

FD-5292/5: "Leaving Kinston Street": Chapters 2-3 #05292, FD-5292/5
FD-5292/6: "Leaving Kinston Street": Chapters 1-2 #05292, FD-5292/6
FD-5292/7: "A Walk Through Lost Time"; "Passing Muster": pages 169(a)-169(d); "Evelyn Black" #05292, FD-5292/7
FD-5292/8: Short stories, story ideas, "Traveling Light": Chapters 1-12, "The Skin I'm In": Quotes #05292, FD-5292/8
FD-5292/9: Story ideas, short stories, quotes #05292, FD-5292/9
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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Journals, 1979-2004.

72 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Journals of Simmons Jones discuss daily life; alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous; homosexuality; aging; writing ideas; and other writers including William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and Flannery O'Connor, among others.

Folder 64-65

Folder 64

Folder 65

1979: January-1980: January #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 64-65

Folder 66

1981: September-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 66

Folder 67

1981: December-1982: April #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 67

Folder 68

1982: April-September #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 68

Folder 69

1982: September-1983: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 69

Folder 70

1983: February-July #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 70

Folder 71

1983: July-October #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 71

Folder 72

1983: October-1984: January #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 72

Folder 73

1984: January-April #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 73

Folder 74

1984: April-June #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 74

Folder 75

1984: June-September #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 75

Folder 76

1984: September-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 76

Folder 77

1984: December-1985: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 77

Folder 78

1985: February-May #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 78

Folder 79

1985: May-August #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 79

Folder 80

1985: August-November #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 80

Folder 81

1985: November-1986: January #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 81

Folder 82

1986: January-April #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 82

Folder 83

1986: April-July #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 83

Folder 84

1986: July-September #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 84

Folder 85

1986: September-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 85

Folder 86

1986: December-1987: March #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 86

Folder 87

1987: March-June #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 87

Folder 88

1987: June-October #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 88

Folder 89

1987: October-1988: January #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 89

Folder 90

1988: January-May #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 90

Folder 91

1988: May-September #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 91

Folder 92

1988: September- 1989: January #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 92

Folder 93

1989: January-May #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 93

Folder 94

1989: May-October #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 94

Folder 95

1989: October-1990: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 95

Folder 96

1990: February-August #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 96

Folder 97

1990: August-1991: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 97

Folder 98

1991: February-August #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 98

Folder 99

1991: August-1992: January #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 99

Folder 100

1992: January-April #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 100

Folder 101

1992: May-August #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 101

Folder 102

1992: August-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 102

Folder 103

1992: December-1993: April #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 103

Folder 104

1993: April-August #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 104

Folder 105

1993: August-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 105

Folder 106

1993: December-1994: May #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 106

Folder 107

1994: May-October #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 107

Folder 108

1994: October-1995: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 108

Folder 109

1995: February-June #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 109

Folder 110

1995: June-October #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 110

Folder 111

1995: October-1996: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 111

Folder 112

1996: February-June #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 112

Folder 113

1996: June-October #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 113

Folder 114

1996: October-1997: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 114

Folder 115

1997: February-May #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 115

Folder 116

1997: May-September #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 116

Folder 117

1997: September-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 117

Folder 118

1997: December-1998: March #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 118

Folder 119

1998: March-June #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 119

Folder 120

1998: June-August #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 120

Folder 121

1998: August-November #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 121

Folder 122

1998: November-1999: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 122

Folder 123

1999: February-June #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 123

Folder 124

1999: June-September #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 124

Folder 125

1999: September-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 125

Folder 126

1999: December-2000: March #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 126

Folder 127

2000: March-April #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 127

Folder 128

2000: April-July #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 128

Folder 129

2000: July-October #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 129

Folder 130

2000: October-2001: February #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 130

Folder 131

2001: February-May #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 131

Folder 132

2001: May-August #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 132

Folder 133

2001: August-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 133

Folder 134

2001: December-2002: March #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 134

Folder 135

2002: March-June #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 135

Folder 136

2002: July-December #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 136

Folder 137

2002: December-2004: January #05292, Series: "3. Journals, 1979-2004." Folder 137

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About 200 items.

Includes passports, literary and other clippings, Dowd and Jones family genealogical materials, a portrait of Jones's relative Edward Stuart Jones, collected quotes and poems, a brief biography of Simmons Jones, two rosters for the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion, and various cards and notes, among other items.

Folder 138

Clippings #05292, Series: "4. Other Materials, 1904-1996." Folder 138

Folder 139-141

Folder 139

Folder 140

Folder 141

Genealogical papers #05292, Series: "4. Other Materials, 1904-1996." Folder 139-141

Genealogical papers for the Dowd and Jones families. Includes one 1911 photograph of a Buick Racer and one photograph of an unidentified building. Also included are original family letters from Mary Stuart Jones to her mother and from unidentified persons, and slides of a portrait by William Garl Browne of an unidentified girl.

Museum Item MU-5292/1

Portrait of Edward Stuart Jones, 1864 #05292, Series: "4. Other Materials, 1904-1996." MU-5292/1

Edward Stuart Jones was a son of Johnston Blakely Jones and relative of Simmons Jones.

Folder 142

Passports, Morehead Alumni 1985 booklet, photograph of Simmons Jones #05292, Series: "4. Other Materials, 1904-1996." Folder 142

Folder 143

771st Tank Destroyer Battalion rosters from 1 June 1993 and 12 January 1996, brief biography of Simmons Jones, collected poems and quotes, various notes and cards #05292, Series: "4. Other Materials, 1904-1996." Folder 143

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jessica Sedgwick, October 2006

Encoded by: Jessica Sedgwick, October 2006

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