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F. Whitney Jones papers

Identifier: AC-497

Scope and Contents

Papers, correspondence, audiovisual items, brochures from many places, manuscripts, photographs, and posters from Black Mountain College and Jargon Society donated by F. Whitney Jones.


  • 1934-2011, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1988


The language used is English.

Conditions Governing Access

No interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. Color photographs are stored in a cold storage unit and need additional time to return to room temperature. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Born May 10, 1944 in Cohoes, New York, F. Whitney Jones attended Hamilton College, the University of Paris, and obtained his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971. He has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and St. Andrew’s College where he was Chairman and Coordinator of the Black Mountain College Festival in Spring of 1974. To fund the Festival, he secured grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The North Carolina Committee for Continuing Education in the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and gifts from numerous donors via an alumni network and direct-mail project. In 1977, Jones accepted the position of Development Director of Old Salem, Inc.

He also worked with the Jargon Society, a small-press publisher founded in 1951 by Jonathan Williams and David Ruff. This agency gave artists and poets a chance to see published books of their works. The website for Jargon Society describes itself as "a not for profit, public corporation devoted to charitable, educational and literary purposes".

Much of Jonathan Williams’ correspondence with Jones about Jargon and its publications, business, and artists is also contained in this collection.


19 Linear Feet (23 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 4 shoeboxes, 2 CD boxes)


The F. Whitney Jones Papers collection consists of Dr. Jones' work with Black Mountain College and the Jargon Society, including correspondence with Jargon's founder, Jonathan Williams, and several of its authors, artists, and their works and events. Several manuscripts and poems are also included.


This collection is arranged into 6 series: Personal Papers/Correspondence, St. Andrew's Review, Black Mountain College, Jargon Society and Jonathan Williams, Photographs and Posters, and Audio-Visual Materials. The folders in each series are arranged by topic and chronological order. Box 28 is in cold storage because of the color photos contained therein.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by F. Whitney Jones, December 19, 2011 and accessioned as AC.2012.004.

Separated Material

Separated per Fred Hay 6/17/2013: Book, "American Wilderness: The Hudson River School of Painting" by Barbara Babcock Lassiter, 1978

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 2012. Revision, January 2014, when digitized audiovisual items completed. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

AC.497: F. Whitney Jones Papers, 1934-2011, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
December 12, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository