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Fay Jones Collection 1935-2005 (MC 1373)

Series I

Personal Records, 1943-1998

The personal records are those that were kept at Jones’s home for reference by Jones and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, “Gus,” Jones. They reflect certain aspects of the life of Fay Jones outside his architectural practice and teaching career. Included are Gus Jones’s address books that contain information important to family life. The World War II records consist primarily of log books kept by Fay Jones in his United States Naval Aviation flights. Records from the American Academy in Rome briefly describe Jones’s two periods of residency.  The undergraduate and thesis documents reflect the programs at the University of Arkansas and the Rice Institute in the early 1950’s. Note: Appendix I in this Finding Aid is a Biographical Time Line for Jones.

Subseries 1
Early records, 1943-1952
Boxes 1-2

Materials consist of family notebooks, U.S. Naval Aviation log books and memorabilia, biographical notes and obituaries. Also included are early scholastic essays and projects.

Box File Title
1 1 Biographical Lists and Notes.
  2 Biographical Notes, Copies and Clippings.
  3 Biographical Notes, Copies and Clippings.
  4 Gus Jones:  Addresses, Recipes and Notebook, ca. 1980-1999.
  5 Gus Jones:  Addresses, Recipes and Notebook, ca. 1980-1990.
  6 Gus Jones:  Addresses, Recipes and Notebook, ca. 1980-1990.
  7 Gus Jones:  Addresses, Recipes and Notebook, ca. 1980-1990.   
  8 Collegium Musicum, ca. 1954-1958.
  9 Obituaries and Death Notices, 2004.
  10 Obituaries and Death Notices, 2004.
2 1 Aviator’s Flight Log Book, 1942-1945.
  2 Personal Notebook, 1943-1945.
  3 Naval Aviation Guide Book, 1942.
  4 Aviator’s Flight Log Book for the dog, “Admiral Billington”, 1944.
  5 Assorted Uniform Buttons and Ribbons.
  6 International Currency used in South Pacific, 1944.
  7 Clippings about the Navy Mariner airplane, 1944.
  8 “History of U.S. Scouting Squadron Fifty-Five” (Note: Fay Jones included).
  9 American Academy in Rome, Correspondence, 1980-1981 and 1990-1994.
  10 American Academy in Rome, Notes and Nominations, 1991.
  11 American Academy in Rome, Printed Material, 1980-1983.
  12 American Academy in Rome, Referee’s Rome Prize Packet, 1993.
3 OV 1 Undergraduate Designs, 1946-1950.
  2 Preview, "On the Relationship of Sculpture to Architecture", Fall 1949.
  3 "On the Relationship of Sculpture to Architecture", ca. 1952 (Note: bound copy).
  4 Rice University, Thesis: “A Community Fine Arts Center”, 1951 (Note: bound copy). 
  5 Rice University, Thesis, Plates, “A Community Fine Arts Center”, 1951.
Subseries 2
Personal Correspondence, 1951-1985
Boxes 1-3

In addition to letters from friends and associates, numerous letters from clients reflect their strong personal bond with Jones. Friends and associates include: Curtis Besinger, Joseph Esherick, Scott Hamilton, Jack Howe, Gene Masselink, and Wes Peters. Also included are congratulations from public figures about the Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Award.

Box File Title
1 1 Correspondence, J. William Fulbright to Mrs. Jones, 1951. 
  2 Correspondence, Curtis Besinger to Fay Jones, 1957-1962.
  3 Correspondence, Fay Jones to Frank Lloyd Wright (draft), 1958.
  Correspondence, from Taliesin Fellows, 1958.
  Correspondence, from Taliesin Fellows, 1959.
  6 Correspondence, Wes Peters to Fay Jones (death of Gene Masselink), 1962.
  7 Correspondence, Swan Kohler to Fay Jones, 1967.
  Correspondence, Lewis Webster Jones to M/M Fay Jones, 1968.
  Poem by Fay Jones on the death of Edward Durell Stone, 1978.
  10 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1957-1958, 1972-1978, 1984-1986.
  11 Correspondence, AIA members to Fay Jones, 1990.
  12 Correspondence, Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Award, 1990-1991.
  13 Correspondence, AIA awards recommendations, 1991.
  14  Correspondence, AIA award recommendations, 1991.
  15  Correspondence, Miscellaneous congratulations, 1992.
  16 Correspondence, Miscellaneous congratulations about Robert Ivy’s book, 1992.
  17  Travel diary and note from Joseph Esherick, 1992.
  18  Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1994.
  19 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1995, (Note: includes letters from John Womack).
  20 Correspondence, Complimentary Letters, 1976-1995 (Note: includes letters from Jack Howe, Wolf Von Eckerd, James M. Fitch, and Maria Stone).
2 1 Correspondence, Miscellaneous congratulations and thanks, 1997.
  Correspondence, includes note from Hillary Clinton to J. Merck, 1998.
  Correspondence, includes note from Bart Prince to Fay Jones, 1999.
  Correspondence, includes note from Lu Howe to Mary (Gus Jones), 2000.
  5 Travel diary and sketches from John Womack, 2000.
  6 Correspondence, Miscellaneous and Season’s Greetings, 2001.
  7 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, January-April 2002. 
  8 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, March-December 2002.
  9 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 2003.
  10 Correspondence, Ed Allen to Fay Jones, 2002-2004.
  11 Correspondence and Envelopes, Undated. 
3 1 Client Correspondence - Adkins, Richard and Annette, 1960.
  2 Client Correspondence - Berry, Blake and Billie, 1961.
  3 Publicity - Berry, Blake and Billie, 1962.
  Client Correspondence - Buckley, Dr. Carie and Marjory, 1968.
  Correspondence, Cherokee Village, 1965-1970.
  6 Client Correspondence - Clark, Glenn W. and Helen, 1965.
  7 Client Correspondence and Publicity - Clark, Joe and Maxine, 1961.
  8 Client Correspondence- Drum, John and Lois.
  9 Client Correspondence - Eaglehead Development, 1972, 1976.
  10 Client Correspondence - Eden Isle, 1966-1968. (Note: Concerns a Herbert Thomas proposal for a development on Eden Isle; never built)
  11 Client Correspondence - Enfield, William and Miriam, 1961.
  12 Client Correspondence - Faltin, August, 1964-1970.
  13 Client Correspondence - Faubus, Orval and Alta, 1965-1967.
  14 Client Correspondence - Faubus, Orval and Alta, Publicity, 1965.
  15 Client Correspondence - Faubus, Orval, Ozark Heritage Library and Museum, 1966, (Note: never built).
  16 Client Correspondence - Fisher, George and Vada, 1961-1964.
  17 Client Correspondence - Fletcher Residence, Walton Residence - House and Home, 1961.
  18 Client Correspondence - Gray, Robert, 1965-1967.
  19 Client Correspondence - Hall, Graham and Louise, 1960-1978.
  20 Client Correspondence - Henley, Paul and Riley, James, 1960.
  21 Client Correspondence - Hunter, Sam and Jody, 1964-1966.
  22 Client Correspondence - Klusmeier, William and Betty, Residence, 1962-1966.
  23 Client Correspondence - Koch, Carl, 1959-1960.
  24 Client Correspondence - Lagerholm, Fred and Fran, 1967-1972.
  25 Client Correspondence - Lutz, Tom and Mindy, 1979.
  26 Client Correspondence - Orton, William and Marion, Publicity, 1960.
  27 Client Correspondence - Rahal, Quen and Ann, 1970-1973.
  28 Client Correspondence - Ratchford, David and Rita, 1981.
  29 Client Correspondence and Publicity - Snow, H.R., 1964.
  30 Client Correspondence - Speed, Breck and Marilyn, 1965.
  31 Client Correspondence - Talbot, John Michael, “The Hermitage”, 1983.
  32 Client Correspondence - Thorncrown Chapel, Small Projects, 1985.
  33 Client Correspondence - Underwood Building, 1967-1968.
  34 Client Correspondence - Walton, Sam and Helen - Residence, 1960-1961.
  35 Client Correspondence - White, Grant, 1962-1963.
Subseries 3
Personal Files about Frank Lloyd Wright, visits to Taliesin (1952-1978), and Files kept on other Contemporary Architects
Boxes 1-6 

The reference material on Jones=s contemporaries in the profession of architecture is primarily printed material. The records concerned with Frank Lloyd Wright are also primarily printed articles, but they include records of Wright’s visit to the University of Arkansas in 1958 as well as a few records of life at Taliesin West and Taliesin in Wisconsin. These items consist of programs, sketches, and some correspondence kept by the Jones family.

Box File Title
1 1   Catalano, Eduardo, Materials, Undated.
  2   Dow, Alden, Conference Materials, 1988.
  3   Ellwood, Craig, Speech, 1978 and 1984.
  4   Esherick, Joseph, Materials, Profile Written by Jacques Leslie, ca. 1982.
  5   Ford, O'Neil, Materials, ca. 1982.
  6   Franzen, Ulrich, Materials, Undated.
  7   Gehry, Frank, Lecture Materials, 1986.
  8   Goff, Bruce, Materials, ca. 1990.
  9   Green, Aaron, House Beautiful Materials, 1956.
  10 Hillmer, Jack Materials, ca. 1953.
  11 Jaffe, Norman, The Hamptons Materials, ca. 1953.
  12 Keisler, Fredrick Materials, Undated.
  13 Korab, Balthazar Materials, Undated.
  14 Lambeth, James, samples of letterhead, Undated.
  15 Moore, Charles, Materials, ca. 1991.
  16 Rice University School of Architecture, "A Study of Urban Space", ca. 1968.
  17 Rudd, J. William, "Organic Architecture” Materials, 1991.
  18 Soleri, Paolo, Materials, ca. 1978.
  19 Stone, Edward Durell, Materials, Time Magazine, ca. 1958.
  20 Thompson, Benjamin, Materials, ca. 1985.
  21 Woollen, Evans, Materials, ca. 1987.
  22 Wright Frank Lloyd, Materials, Undated.
  23 Research on Ecclesiastical Space Materials, ca. 1985-1995.
  24 “40 Under 40, an Exhibition of Young Talent in Architecture”, 1966.
2 1 Copies of Correspondence, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fay Jones, ca. 1952-1956. (Note: originals held by The Getty Foundation)
  2   Taliesin Greeting cards, postcards, holiday cards and ephemera, ca. 1995.
  3   Taliesin Work Song, Undated.
  4   Taliesin Exhibits, Workshops, Conferences, ca. 1960-2001.
  5   Taliesin Festival of Music and Dance, 1960.
  6   Taliesin Fellows Newsletters, ca.1982-2001.
  7   “Desert Foliage at Taliesin West”, booklet, 1984.
  8   Taliesin (Newspaper Clippings), ca. 2004.
  9   Taliesin Magazine, ca. 1983 and 1984.
  10 Frank Lloyd Wright, personal correspondence, file containing letters from Gene Masselink, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, applications, and memorabilia, ca. 1951-1958.
  11 Frank Lloyd Wright, AIA Gold Medal Acceptance Speech, 1949.
  12 Frank Lloyd Wright, "Nine Rules of Organic Residential Design", 1930.
  13 Frank Lloyd Wright, Workshops, Exhibits, Seminars, ca. 1990.
  14 Sketches and Notes made in drafting studio at Taliesin, Wisconsin, ca. 1952.
3 1   Frank Lloyd Wright, Photographs (Includes Bruce Goff), 1954-1953.
  2   Frank Lloyd Wright, Photographs, University of Arkansas visit, 1958.
  3   Frank Lloyd Wright, Project photos and postcards, Undated.
  4   Frank Lloyd Wright, Johnson Wax Company Headquarters Photos, Undated.
  5   “Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy”, ca. 1991-1998.
  6   Frank Lloyd Wright, Clippings, ca. 1954-1958.
  7   Frank Lloyd Wright, Newsletter masthead design, 1978.
  8   Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly, 1990-2005.
  9   Frank Lloyd Wright, Friends of Fallingwater Newsletter, Undated.
  10 Frank Lloyd Wright, Home and Studio Foundation, ca. 1994.
  11 Frank Lloyd Wright, Miscellaneous newsletters, ca. 1990.
  12 Frank Lloyd Wright, Books and Product Catalogs, 1985-1990.
  13 Frank Lloyd Wright, Dana Thomas House, ca. 1989.
  14 Frank Lloyd Wright, Clippings from The Arizona Republic, ca. 1968.
  15 Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago Tribune article, 1969.
  16 Frank Lloyd Wright, magazine articles, 1949-1985.
4  OV 1   Frank Lloyd Wright, House Beautiful, Undated.
  2   The Prairie House Journal, 1987.
  3   Copies of L’architettura, 1962.
  4   Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, personal reference files.
5  OV 1   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, January 1938.
  2   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, January 1946.
  3   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, January 1948.
  4   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, August 1949.
  5   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, January 1957.
  6   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, September 1952.
  7   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, May 1953.
  8   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, February 1956.
  9   Architectural Forum, Frank Lloyd Wright, September 1958.
6  OV 1   House Beautiful, October 1954.
  2   House Beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright, November 1955.
  3   L’architettura Frank Lloyd Wright, 1962.
  4   Northwest Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, July-August 1969.
  5   Saturday Review, Frank Lloyd Wright, October 1975.
  6   Old House Journal, Frank Lloyd Wright, May-June 1990.
  7   Architektur and Bau, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1991.
  8   House Beautiful Tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright.
Restricted
File Title
1   Frank Lloyd Wright Masthead (proposed sketches by Fay Jones).
2   Frank Lloyd Wright Masthead (blueprint reproductions).
3   Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit at the University of Wisconsin, Poster.
4   Frank Lloyd Wright Calendar.
5   Separate Sheets of Prints from the Walsmuth Plates.
Restricted
  • Building Plans and Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright.  New York: Horizon Press Publishers, 1963. American Edition, number 212E of 2,500 copies available at time of sale, 2,600 actually printed.  Library of Congress #62-23122, Unbound plans and booklet, enclosed in a 16"x 25" x 2" document preservation folder.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Drawings for a Living Architecture.New York: Horizon Press, 1959.  Cloth with worn wrapper, Library of Congress #59-10989. (Note: published for the Bear Run Foundation, Inc. and the Edgar J. Kaufman Charitable Foundation; autographed by Fay Jones, 1960)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright in Imperial Hotel. Johonot, Rev. Rodney and Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • The New Edifice of Unity Church.  Oak Park, Illinois: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, 1980. (Note: printed in Japanese)
  • Meehan, Patrick J.  The Master Architect: Conversations with Frank Lloyd Wright.  New York:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994. (Note: galley proofs)
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd. Studies and Executed Buildings. Palos Park, Illinois: Prairie School Press, 1975.  Cloth with wrapper, ISBN 0-87370-001-5. (Note: autographed by Fay Jones, 1976)
  • The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Great Wendingen Edition.  New York: Horizon Press, 1965. Cloth in box, Library of Congress #65-26722. (Note: autographed by Fay Jones)
Subseries 4
Personal Project Account Books, 1958-1998
Box 1

Mrs. Jones kept personal account records of her husband’s projects. They are restricted but can be examined by Special Collections personnel to determine start and finish dates when no other record is available.

Restricted
Box File Title
1 OV 1   Account Records, 1958-1967.
  2   Account Records, 1970-1979.
  3   Account Records, 1980-1989.
  4   Account Records, 1990-1995.
  5   Account Records, 1996-1997.
  6   Account Records, 1958-1967.
Subseries 5
Supply Orders, Magazines, and Correspondence with Magazines, 1962-1968
Box 1

Jones would occasionally help clients obtain wholesale prices on certain home furnishings using magazines as catalogs. The publications reflect building and material trends as well as styles of furnishings and appliances.

Box File Title
1 1 Orders for Supplies, Furniture and Magazines, 1962-1963.
  2 Orders for Supplies, Furniture and Magazines, 1965.
  3 Orders for Supplies, Furniture and Magazines, 1966-1968.
  4 Personal Orders, 1963-1965.
  5 Correspondence, Progressive Architecture, ca. 1959-1968.
  6 Correspondence, House Beautiful, ca. 1959-1965.
  7 Correspondence, House and Home, 1967

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