Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Related Materials
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Subject Terms
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Jones, Norvill, 1929-2015
- Norvill Jones Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- MC 2141
- 1.92 linear feet (4 boxes)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
- 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.
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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.
The Norvill Jones Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by his widow, Jacqueline W. Jones of Alexandria, Virginia, on May 24, 2016.
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.
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).
Records relating to the Norvill Jones Papers include:
J. William Fulbright Papers Addendum, MC 144d
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials are arranged by topic.
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||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.
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