Norvill Jones Papers

MC 2141

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Samuel Ownbey, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Jones, Norvill, 1929-2015
Title
Norvill Jones Papers
Inclusive Dates
1964-2011
Identification
MC 2141
Extent
1.92 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
Abstract
Correspondence, memoranda, clippings, campaign materials, congressional records, notebooks and other records created or received by Norvill Jones, particularly as part of his work with J. W. Fulbright and the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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).

Although some photocopied documents pertaining to the Tonkin Gulf Incidents are marked “confidential” or “secret,” other markings on the copies, which appear to have been acquired as part of FOIA requests, indicate that they are all declassified. Anyone with alternative knowledge should alert Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

The Norvill Jones Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by his widow, Jacqueline W. Jones of Alexandria, Virginia, on May 24, 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Samuel Ownbey; completed in October 2019

Preferred Form of Citation

Norvill Jones Papers (MC 2141), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Specials Collections Citations Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Norvill Jones (1929-2015) was a staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for over twenty years, eventually serving as the chief of staff from 1977 to 1979. He came to Washington, D.C. at the age of 15 to work for Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot and graduated from George Washington University Law School. After retiring from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff, Jones spent time working in governmental relations for Reynolds Metals Company until his retirement in 1985.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, clippings, campaign materials, congressional records, notebooks and other records created or received by Norvill Jones. Topics include the Tonkin Gulf Incidents, the Vietnam War, U.S.-China relations, and the senatorial campaigns of J. William Fulbright. Notable correspondents include J. William Fulbright, Senator Mike Mansfied (D-Montana), and Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho).

Related Materials

Records relating to the Norvill Jones Papers include:

J. William Fulbright Papers, MC 144, MC 144

J. William Fulbright Papers, Second Accession, MC 144b

J. William Fulbright Papers, Post-Senatorial Papers, MC 144c

J. William Fulbright Papers Addendum, MC 144d

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995

Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001

Church, Frank, 1924-1984

McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009

Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Tonkin Gulf Incidents, 1964

    Detailed Description of the Collection

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

    Box 1

    Box 1 Folder 1

    Tonkin Gulf Incident -- Memoranda and Correspondence, 1964-1995

    Includes correspondence and memoranda involving the Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation into the Tonkin Gulf Incident of August 1964; Includes letters from former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chief of Staff Carl Marcy to J.W. Fulbright and Jones' correspondence with journalists regarding a 1995 article about former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Jones' personal notes on the subject.

    Box 1 Folder 2

    Tonkin Gulf Incident -- Congressional Reports and Publications, 1964-1970

    Prints of transcripts of a 1964 joint hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Committee on Armed Services from August 1964; 1968 hearings on the 1964 Tonkin Gulf Incidents; 1970 hearing on the termination of the Middle East and Southeast Asia Resolutions.

    Box 1 Folder 3

    Tonkin Gulf Incident -- Congressional Reports and Publications, Photocopies, 1964

    Clamp binder with a photocopied version of the 1964 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Robert McNamara on the Tonkin Gulf Incident.

    Box 1 Folder 4

    Tonkin Gulf Incident -- Congressional Records, 1964-1970

    Copies of the Senate Congressional Record from 1964, 1968, and 1970.

    Box 1 Folder 5

    Tonkin Gulf Incident -- Clippings, 1964-2004

    Clippings from various sources regarding the Tonkin Gulf Incident and the skepticism surrounding the event; also includes a 2004 essay from George Washington University entitled "Essay: 40th Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

    Box 1 Folder 6

    Vietnam -- Memoranda, 1964-1975

    Memoranda regarding the Vietnam War composed primarily by Jones or Carl Mancy and sent to J.W. Fulbright.

    Box 1 Folder 7

    Vietnam -- Correspondence, 1968-2011

    Primarily consists of letters written by Jones to various correspondents. Notable addressees include: President Barack Obama, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, and former congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC).

    Box 1 Folder 8

    Vietnam -- Clippings, 1972-2009

    Clippings related to the Vietnam War taken from various sources including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal; also includes a 1965 issues of Ramparts magazine.

    Box 2 Folder 1

    Vietnam -- Reports and Publications, 1964-1968, undated

    Reports on the Geneva Convention of 1954; the role of the French National Assembly in the First Indochinese War; the Tonkin Gulf Incident of 1964; also includes a report entitled " Remembering The Johnson-Fulbright Split on United States Foreign Policy and the Vietnam War's Impact on the Great Society."

    Box 2 Folder 2

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- Memoranda and Statements, 1968-1979

    Various memoranda and statements from Jones' career as a staff member of the SFRC on matters such as the International Development Act and efforts by Fulbright to revisit how the U.S. distributed economic aid to certain nations, including Vietnam; also includes two roll call vote sheets from 1978.

    Box 2 Folder 3

    Israel Trip, 1972

    Notes and reports composed by Jones regarding a diplomatic trip to Israel in August of 1972.

    Box 2 Folder 4

    China Trip, 1974

    Notes and reports from a trip to China by Jones with Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana; topics discussed include Cambodia, trade, and Taiwan; file also includes transcripts from an event at Peking University and reports from visits to Chinese factories.

    Box 2 Folder 5

    Soviet Union Trip, 1975

    Notes and reports from a trip to the Soviet Union in July of 1975.

    Box 2 Folder 6

    Saudi Arabia Trip, 1975

    Copies of a memorandum of a conversation between Senator Mike Mansfield and King Khalid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia held on August 6, 1975 in Saudi Arabia; a memo from Mansfield to the president is also in the file that indicates it was never sent.

    Box 2 Folder 7

    Japan Trip, 1976

    Clippings from Japanese newspapers detailing Senator Mike Mansfield's conversation with Japanese Foreign Minister, Kiichi Miyazawa in July of 1976; Notes of multiple meetings Mansfield had with Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki; Deputy Prime Minister and Director General of the Economic Planning Agency, Takeo Fukuda; Foreign Minister Kiichi Miyazawa; Director General of the Japan Defense Agency, Michita Sakata; and Japanese Finance Minister Masayoshi Ohira. Though the original file label on this folder included Taiwan and Okinawa, there are not files relevant to visits with these nations included.

    Box 2 Folder 8

    Thailand, Burma, and Laos Trips, 1976

    Memoranda of conversations between Senator Mike Mansfield and various Thai, Burmese, and Laotion diplomats in August of 1976.

    Box 2 Folder 9

    China Trip, 1976

    Itineraries, notes, and memoranda from Senator Mansfield's three week trip to China in September and October of 1976.

    Box 2 Folder 10

    Cuba Trip, 1977

    Copies of a memorandum of a conversation between Senator Frank Church and Cuban President Fidel Castro from August of 1977.

    Box 2 Folder 11

    NJ "Chrons" , 1978-1979

    Contents taken from two folders originally labeled "NJ [Norville Jones] Chrons", however the term Chrons is not specificed; this file consists primarily of Jones' responses to employment applications, informing them that he would be leaving the office.

    Box 3 Folder 1

    1968 Fulbright Campaign, 1968

    Memorabilia from J.W. Fulbright's 1968 senatorial campaign; includes brochures, cards, a bumper sticker, and six copies of Victory News, a newspaper published by the Fulbright campaign to inform voters on Fulbright.

    Box 3 Folder 2

    Fulbright Campaign Stickers, undated

    Three different styles of Fulbright campaign stickers reading "Re-elect Fulbright"; also includes a single sticker from the Wilbur Miles presidential campaign that was included in the collection; some of the materials have adhered together.

    Box 3 Folder 2

    Fulbright Campaign Materials, 1962-1974

    Biographical data, articles, and other items related to J.W. Fulbright's senatorial career used for his various campaigns from 1962 to his defeat by Dale Bumpers in 1974; also included are several sheets of Fulbright's stationary.

    Box 3 Folder 3

    Westmoreland vs. CBS, 1982-1985

    Materials gathered by Jones relating to the libel suit filed in 1982 by former U.S. Army Chief of Staff General William Westmoreland against CBS, Inc. in 1982 over the airing of the documentary The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception; the suit was settled out of court in 1985.

    Box 3 Envelope 1

    1968 Fulbright Campaign Buttons, 1968

    Buttons from the 1968 senatorial campaign of J.W. Fulbright.

    Box 4 Item 1

    Vietnam #1-4 Notebooks, 1968

    Four small notebooks with Jones' notes on the situation in Vietnam; taken in January 1968.

    Box 4 Item 2

    Israel #1-3 Notebooks, 1972

    Three small notebooks with Jones' notes from a trip to Israel in 1972; see Box 2, Folder 3 for more on this subject.

    Box 4 Item 3

    China #1-4 Notebooks, 1972

    Four small notebooks with Jones' notes from a visit to China in 1972.

    Box 4 Item 4

    Persian Gulf #1-2 Notebooks, 1974

    Two small notebooks with Jones' notes from a trip to the Persian Gulf in October and November of 1974.

    Box 4 Item 5

    China #1-5 Notebooks, 1974

    Five small notebooks with Jones' notes from a trip to China in 1974; see Box 2, Folder 4 for more on this subject.

    Box 4 Item 6

    Soviet Trip #1-2 Notebooks, 1975

    Two small notebooks with Jones' notes from a trip to the Soviet Union in June and July of 1975; see Box 2, Folder 5 for more on this subject.

    Box 4 Item 7

    Mansfield Trip #1-3 Notebooks, 1975

    Three small notebooks with Jones' notes on a trip to Saudi Arabia in August of 1975 taken with Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana; see Box 2, Folder 6 for more on this subject.

    Box 4 Item 8

    China #1-3 Notebooks, 1976

    Three small notebooks with Jones' notes on a trip to China in the Fall of 1976; see Box 2, Folder 9 for more on this subject.

    END OF COLLECTION

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