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Collection Number: 05195

Collection Title: William Cole Jones Papers, 1902-1964

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1400 items)
Abstract William Cole Jones was a journalist with the Atlanta Journal for 45 years. He began his career as a reporter in April 1906. By 1910, his editorials were published regularly, covering topics ranging from social and cultural issues to local, national, and world politics and events. He had risen to chief editorial writer by 1927, and he was appointed associate editor of the Atlanta Journal in 1934. He retired in August 1951. Jones was a member of the Symposium, one of the oldest literary and social clubs in Atlanta. He married Edith Sewell on 10 January 1907, and they had one daughter, Emily, who died in an accident at age nine. The collection consists of materials documenting the life and work of William Cole Jones, including correspondence; newspaper clippings; a book about Jones by his niece, Julia Sewell Carter, that includes biographical and genealogical information as well as photographs of him and his family and a selection of his writings; and editorials, radio addresses, literary essays, short stories, and speeches by Jones. The bulk of the correspondence was received in the aftermath of his daughter's sudden death in 1918 and at his retirement in 1951. Pamphlets, programs, notes, correspondence, and images relate to Jones's trip to England in the fall of 1946 as representative of his newspaper on the maiden peacetime voyage of the Queen Elizabeth.
Creator Jones, William Cole, 1881-1963.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 William Cole Jones Papers #5195, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Ledford and Julia Sewell Carter of Bloomington, Ind., in January 2005 (Acc. 100001).
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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William Cole Jones was born on 13 December 1881 and grew up in Macon, Ga. He attended Mercer University, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1902 and his master's degree in 1904. On 10 January 1907, he married Edith Sewell, and in May 1909 they had a daughter, Emily. Her death in a freak accident on 31 October 1918 profoundly affected Jones and his wife for the rest of the their lives.

On 1 April 1906 Jones began working for the Atlanta Journal as a reporter covering the police and capitol beats with an occasional feature story. These early articles are practically his only signed work. His first editorials may have been published as early as 1908, and by 1910 his work appeared regularly, though anonymously, on the editorial page. His editorials covered topics ranging from social and cultural issues to local, national, and world politics and events. Jones had risen to chief editorial writer by 1927, and he was appointed associate editor of the Atlanta Journal in 1934.

In 1946, Jones was chosen as the Atlanta Journal's representative in a group of American journalists invited by the Cunard White Star Line to make the maiden peacetime voyage on the Queen Elizabeth. The group sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to England on the Queen Mary in late September and returned to New York on the Queen Elizabeth in mid-October. During this trip, Jones wrote fourteen articles about life aboard the ships and his sightseeing experiences in England.

William Cole Jones was a member of the Symposium, one of the oldest literary and social clubs in Atlanta. Over the years, he read numerous papers at its meetings, and he was its president when he retired from the Atlanta Journal in August 1951. He died on 22 October 1963 at his home in Decatur, Ga.

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The collection consists of materials documenting the life and work of journalist William Cole Jones of Atlanta, Ga. It contains correspondence; newspaper clippings; notes and a book by his niece, Julia Sewell Carter entitled William Cole Jones: A Sage of the South Remembered (2004), a biography and genealogy of Jones that includes photographs of him and his family and a selection of his writings; and editorials, radio addresses, literary essays, short stories, and speeches by William Cole Jones. The bulk of the correspondence was received in the aftermath of his daughter's sudden death in 1918 and at his retirement in 1951. Pamphlets, programs, notes, correspondence, and images relate to Jones's trip to England in the fall of 1946 to represent his newspaper on the maiden peacetime voyage of the Queen Elizabeth.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical and then chronological.

Letters, newspaper clippings, a travel diary, and books relating to the life and work of William Cole Jones. The correspondence spans the entire period of the collection, but most letters were received in the aftermath of Jones's daughter's sudden death in 1918 and at his retirement in 1951. The book entitled William Cole Jones: A Sage of the South Remembered (2004) by Julia Sewell Carter is a biography and genealogy of Jones, with photographs of him and his family, and a selection of his writings, including editorials, radio addresses, and literary essays.

Folder 1

Atlanta fire, 1917 #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 1

Folder 2

Atlanta Journal Magazine, 16 January 1949 #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 2

Folder 3

Biography #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 3

Folder 4

Book: William Cole Jones: A Sage of the South Remembered by Julia Sewell Carter #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 4

Folder 5

Children's book that belonged to Emily Jones #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 5

Folder 6-8

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Correspondence #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 6-8

Folder 9

Emily Jones #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 9

Folder 10

Genealogy #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 10

Folder 11

Miscellaneous clippings #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 11

Folder 12

Trip to Europe travel diary, 1956 #05195, Series: "1. Biographical and Personal Materials, 1902-1964." Folder 12

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About 1000 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical and then chronological.

Editorials, radio addresses, literary essays, short stories, and speeches by William Cole Jones. Most of Julia Sewell Carter's notes, made during the preparation of her book, are filed with the relevant writings. Also included are pamphlets, programs, notes, and correspondence relating to Jones's trip to England in the fall of 1946 to represent the Atlanta Journal on the maiden peacetime voyage of the Queen Elizabeth.

Folder 13

Editorials, 1908-1909 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Editorials, 1910 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

Editorials, 1912, 1914 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

Editorials, 1915 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 17-18

Folder 19

Editorials, 1917-1918 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 19

Folder 20

Editorials, 1920s #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

Editorials, 1930s #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

Editorials, 1940-1951 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

Editorials, fragments, duplicates, and undated #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 24-25

Folder 26

Harry Stillwell Edwards #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 26

Folder 27

The "I" in Atlantian #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 27

Folder 28-30

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Literary essays #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 28-30

Folder 31

Mercer University address, 1939 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 31

Folder 32

Miscellaneous writings #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 32

Folder 33-34

Folder 33

Folder 34

Notes on editorials #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 33-34

Folder 35

Queen Elizabeth "Book of Facts" #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 35

Folder 36

Queen Elizabeth maiden voyage, 1946 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 36

Folder 37

Short stories #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 37

Folder 38-39

Folder 38

Folder 39

Trip to England, 1946 #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 38-39

Folder 40

"Views of the News" #05195, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials, 1908-1951." Folder 40

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9 items.

Printed copies of pictures, most with no personal markings. The only photograph shows William Cole Jones with other representatives of American newspapers on board the Queen Elizabeth during her maiden peacetime voyage in the fall of 1946.

Image Folder P-5195/1

Miscellaneous #05195, Series: "3. Pictures, 1946 and undated." P-5195/1

Image Folder P-5195/2

Queen Elizabeth maiden voyage, 1946 #05195, Series: "3. Pictures, 1946 and undated." P-5195/2

Image Folder P-5195/3

Robert E. Lee #05195, Series: "3. Pictures, 1946 and undated." P-5195/3

Image Folder P-5195/4

Walter Scott #05195, Series: "3. Pictures, 1946 and undated." P-5195/4

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Pictures (P-5195)

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elise Allison, May 2005

Encoded by: Elise Allison, May 2005

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