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Dorsey D. Jones Papers

Typewritten Manuscript Draft, ca. 1980

Manuscript Collection 523


Born in 1898, educated at Drury College, Jones was a professor of history at the University of Arkansas for more than thirty-five years. He is listed in Who's Who in America, 1955 and in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, summer, 1969.  He is the author of Cephas Washburn and his Work in Arkansas (Fayetteville:  University of Arkansas Journal Series, 1944), "The Dogger Bank Incident" (Fayetteville, Arkansas:  University of Arkansas Research Paper.  Journal Series no. 604, 1940), Edwin Chadwick and the Early Public Health Movement in England (Iowa City, Iowa:  The University of Iowa Press, 1931),  Russia:  A Concise History (Harrisburg, Pa.:  Stockpole Company, 1955, and Under the Russian Canopy:  A History of Russia Old and New (Minnespolis:  Burgess Publishing Company, 1936).

Robert Lee Morris, co-author of the present manuscript, was born in 1903 and was a professor of English at the University of Arkansas.  His other production has been in literature, including such works as Grant from the South:  A Play Suggested by the Legend of Thomas Wolfe (Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Press, 1953), Opie Read, an American Humorist, 1852-1939 (New York:  Helios Books, 1965), and The Story in the Song:  A Play in Commemoration of the Centennial of the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas:  1971).


Jones's and Morris's manuscript is a history of imperial Russia beginning with the earliest records of Russian history and extending to the revolutions of 1917.  It is divided into a preface and eighteen chapters, the last one consisting of a chronology.  Jones and Morris organized this history chronologically, according to rulers, from the Riurik Dynasty to Lenin, including two chapters devoted respectively to the arts in Russia and to Russian fiction in the nineteenth century.  A list of suggested readings concludes each chapter.

Several pages of notes form part of the manuscript.  Chapter Eight contains a handwritten page between pages 2 and 2a, a typewritten note between pages sixteen and seventeen, and two handwritten pages following page seventeen; a handwritten page occurs between pages seven and eight in Chapter Nine as well.

Dorsey D. Jones of Fayetteville, Arkansas donated the typewritten manuscript by Robert Lee Morris and himself, Imperial Russia:  An Historical Survey, to Special Collections on August 1, 1984.

Prepared by Janet G. Tucker,  Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February 1988.


Box 1

 1.  Imperial Russia:  An Historical Survey, preface, table of contents.
 2.  Chapter One.  "Russia and the Russians."
 3.  Chapter Two.  "Kiev, Mother of Russian Cities."
 4.  Chapter Three.  "The Tartars [sic] and the Kremlin."
 5.  Chapter Four.  "Ivan III: the Great, 1462-1505."
 6.  Chapter Five.  "Ivan IV:  the Terrible, 1533-84."
 7.  Chapter Six.  "Strife for the Throne."
 8.  Chapter Seven.  "Meet the Romanovs."
 9.  Chapter Eight.  "Peter I:  A Human Dynamo, 1689-1725."
    10.  Chapter Nine.  "Parvenu to Parvenu."
    11.  Chapter Ten.  "Catherine II:  the Great, 1762-96."
    12.  Chapter Eleven.  "Alexander I:  His Ideas and Impulses, 1801-25."
    13.  Chapter Twelve.  "Nicholas I:  An Autocratic Martinet, 1825-55.
    14.  Chapter Thirteen.  "Alexander II:  A Pale Liberal, 1855-81."
    15.  Chapter Fourteen.  "Alexander III:  A Dark Reactionary, 1881-94."
    16.  Chapter Fifteen.  "The Graphic and Performing Arts."
    17.  Chapter Sixteen.  "Russian Fiction in the Nineteenth Century."
    18.  Chapter Seventeen.  "Nicholas II:  A Weakling, 1894-1917."
    19.  Chapter Eighteen.  "World War I and the Exit of the Romanovs."
    20.  Chronological Aids.
    21.  Handwritten page on Peter the Great.  Inserted in Chapter Eight between pages two and two a.
    22.  Typewritten note on Peterhof (Petrodvorets).  Inserted in Chapter Eight between pages sixteen and seventeen.
    23.  Handwritten page on the Bronze Horseman and on the Peter and Paul Fortress.  Inserted in Chapter Eight between pages seventeen and eighteen.
    24.  Handwritten page on Ivan the Terrible, St. Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and Peterhoff [sic], consisting of two pages pasted together.  Inserted
              in Chapter Eight between pages seventeen and eighteen.
    25.  Handwritten page on the Empress Elizabeth.  Inserted in Chapter Nine between pages seven and eight.

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