Eddie W. Jones Papers

Manuscript Collection 2026

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Jacob Hook, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Jones, Eddie W.
Title
Eddie W. Jones Papers
Inclusive Dates
1986-2014
Identification
Manuscript Collection 2026
Extent
1.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

"No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17)."

Acquisition Information

The Eddie W. Jones Papers were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries in 2015 by Maxine D. Jones.

Processing Information

Amy Allen and Jacob Hook; completed in July 2018.

Preferred Form of Citation

"Eddie W. Jones Papers (MC 2026), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection."

Biographical Note

Dr. Eddie W. Jones, Sr. was born December 13, 1951, to Rev. Eddie Jones, Jr. and Alma (Garrison) Jones in Pearl, Mississippi. In 1975, he married his wife, Maxine. He had four children.

Before moving to Arkansas, Dr. Jones earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, his Master of Music degree in Music Education from Miami University (OH) and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Tougaloo College. In his employ as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Jones taught Voice, Choral Methods, Music Education, and conducted both the UA Concert Choir and the UA Inspirational Chorale. His voice students have been winners in both the State and Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions, the former of which he is a past President. His students have also been winners at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition. Over 95% of them have gone on to teach in the music profession or chosen to attend prestigious graduate schools in music.

Dr. Jones has guest conducted, adjudicated choral festivals, conducted master classes, and presented worship seminars both nationally and internationally. Additionally, choirs under Dr. Jones’ direction have toured across the United States, eastern and western Europe and Asia, including a spring 2007 trip to China by the UA Inspirational Chorale. During that tour, the singers had the privilege of performing the concert version of “The Gospel Feast” at the famous Beijing Concert Hall. Touring Ireland several times, he participated in the Kilkenny International Gospel Festival in 2012 as guest lecturer; in 2013 as guest conductor featuring the UA Inspirational Chorale as the workshop demonstration choir; and in 2014 as the festival’s workshop conductor.

Dr. Jones arranged and composed over 30 musical selections including “Fall Again”, “Just a Little Talk With Jesus”, “No Not One”, “Brand New Day”, and “Precious Lord”. Some of the major choral works Dr. Jones conducted include compositions by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Bernstein. In addition, he prepared choirs for performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’s Requiem, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 in collaborative orchestral concerts. Additionally, the UA Concert Choir was chosen as the chorus to perform in the University of Arkansas Opera Workshop’s presentation of Suor Angelica.

Dr. Jones maintained an active research agenda. He wrote articles on hymnist Charles Price Jones and the musical arrangements of 20th century artist, Roland Hayes. His research on Black Gospel Music resulted in his development of the copyrighted dramatic presentation, “The Gospel Feast”, which was used to inform the public about the history of Black Gospel Music. Among his greatest achievements was completion of the book Gospel Music: The Sound of Hope, published posthumously.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, performance programs, and research along with materials related to choirs directed by Jones, workshops taught, and professional organizations.

Arrangement of the Papers

Box one is organized with resume and memorial concert program first followed by correspondence and then subject files. Subject files are arranged alphabetically followed by General Materials. Box two is arranged with photographs first followed by videos.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

box 1

box 1 folder 1

Resume, n.d.

box 1 folder 2

Memorial Concert Program, December 3, 2014

box 1 folder 3

Thank you Correspondence, 1992-2014

box 1 folder 4

Thank you Correspondence , n.d.

box 1 folder 5

Thank you Correspondence from the Benton County School of Arts Students, n.d.

box 1 folder 6

General Correspondence , 1989-2013

box 1 folder 7

Afro-American Music Multiculturalism Presentation, December 15, 1995

box 1 folder 8

Arkansas Arts Institute, 2005-2008

box 1 folder 9

Certificates, 2010

box 1 folder 10

China Trip Materials, 2002

box 1 folder 11

China Trip Materials, 2002

box 1 folder 12

China Trip Materials, March 2007

box 1 folder 13

Concert Choir , 1992-2014

box 1 folder 14

Elm Springs Bible College, 1996-1999

box 1 folder 15

Europe/Africa/Carnegie , 1981-2001

box 1 folder 16

Gospel Choir Presentations, August 2-5, 2010

box 1 folder 17

Gospel Music Symposium Materials, January 6, 1999-April 20, 1999

box 1 folder 18

Graduate Recital by Eddie Jones Program, November 19, 1986

box 1 folder 19

Inspirational Singers Materials , 1992-2007

box 1 folder 20

Inspirational Singers Materials , 1997-2013

box 1 folder 21

Inspirational Singers 25th Anniversary Celebration , n.d.

box 1 folder 22

International Newsletter, 1998-1999

box 1 folder 23

MaLawi Choral Workshop , 1994

box 1 folder 24

Music Teachers National Associations (MTNA), 1993-1998

box 1 folder 25

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) , 1998-2002

box 1 folder 26

News Clippings , 1989-2001

box 1 folder 27

Recital Programs, 1995-2014

box 1 folder 28

Recitals and Workshops , 1998-2002

box 1 folder 29

Recitals and Workshops , 2004-2013

box 1 folder 30

Robert Shaw Workshop, 1993-2000

box 1 folder 31

Roland Hayes Research and Recital Materials, 1990-2000

box 1 folder 32

Rust College A'Cappella Choir Recruiting, 1990-1991

box 1 folder 33

Speeches & Quotes , 1992-2012

box 1 folder 34

University of Arkansas Performances and Events , n.d.

box 1 folder 35

General Materials , n.d.

box 2 folder 1

Inspirational Singers Photographs, n.d.

box 2 folder 2

National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) Conference Photographs, 1997

box 2 folder 3

Rust College Photographs , n.d.

box 2 item 1

Inspirational Singers Annual Fall Concert Video, November 18, 2000 [VHS]

box 2 item 2

University of Arkansas Inspirational Singers 25th Anniversary Celebration Video, December 6, 2002 [DVD]

box 2 item 3

University of Arkansas Inspirational Singers 25th Anniversary Celebration Video, December 6, 2002 [VHS]

END OF COLLECTION

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