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Guide to the Howard R. Jones Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1932-1985
Creator: Jones, Howard R. (1911-1986)
Extent: .75 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG99.0224
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary: Dean of the University of Iowa College of Education, 1962-1979

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs: Box 2

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These materials were donated to the University Archives by Shirley S. Jones in July 1988. Records were also transferred from the College of Education in July 1980. Guide created in May 2009.

Preferred Citation: Howard R. Jones Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney

Howard Robert Jones was born March 17, 1911. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in educational administration from the University of Minnesota in 1933 and 1936, respectively. Jones was a teacher and guidance counselor at Sheridan Elementary and Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1934 to 1938. He took his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1940.
From 1940 to 1943, Dr. Jones was associate professor of education and assistant to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire. He was superintendent of schools in New Canaan, Connecticut, from 1943 to 1946; president of Plymouth Teachers College (later Plymouth State College) from 1946 to 1951; and professor of school administration at the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1962. In September 1962 he was named dean of the College of Education at the State University of Iowa, a position he held until his retirement in 1979. A highlight of his career as dean was in 1977 when state officials approved plans for the Lindquist Center, the College of Education's new home. During his term as dean, the number of faculty increased from 61 to 125.
Jones was a U.S. representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seminar at Lake Success, New York, in July 1946. His research and published articles concerned educational administration and teacher education. His honors included being listed in Who's Who in the Midwest and receiving the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire in 1971. The student/faculty lounge within the Lindquist Center was named for Dr. Jones in September 1980, at the Lindquist dedication ceremony. In addition, the University of Iowa Foundation established the Howard Jones Achievement Award in his honor, which was first presented at the dedication ceremony. Jones retired in 1979.
Howard Jones married Helen Cook in December 1934 and they had a son and two daughters. When the couple moved to Iowa City in 1962, Helen became a librarian at Horace Mann Elementary School. She retired in 1977 and died in 1981. Jones married Shirley Hambrick in 1982. Howard R. Jones died May 20, 1986.

The Howard R. Jones papers include correspondence, memberships, writings, speeches, clippings, awards, and photographs. These papers are arranged in chronological order within each series, with the correspondence series separated by his employing institution.
Folder, "Jones, Howard R.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Records of the Office of the Dean, College of Education (RG09.0001.001)

Jones, Howard R. Financial Public Elementary and Secondary Education. New York: Center for Applied Research in Education, 1966.

Browse by Series:
Series 3: WRITINGS
Series 4: SPEECHES
Series 5: GENERAL
Series 6: AWARDS

  • Box 1:
  • University of Michigan position salary - 1951-1962
  • A Bill of Rights for School Board Members - 1951-1955
  • Plymouth State College Centennial celebration - 1971
  • Plymouth State College President Kasper C. Marking - 1978
  • Plymouth State College President William J. Farrell - 1984
  • Plymouth State College Catalog, President's reports, 75th anniversary program, Plymouth Passages  - 1946-1985
  • Job searches and offers - 1932-1969
  • References provided for Samiha Youssef  - 1969-1983
  • Series 2: MEMBERSHIPS
  • Box 1:
  • UNESCO correspondence - 1948-1962
  • Walt Whitman Club - 1970, 1974
    Membership, 1970;  Record of members 1895-1974
  • Other memberships - 1949-1967
  • Series 3: WRITINGS
  • Box 2:
  • Report of Studies Relating to the Post-High School Educational needs of Connecticut Youth,  April 17 - 1939
  • A Program of Teacher Preparation for Connecticut.   Jones on research staff for governor of Connecticut, April - 1939
  • A Bill of Rights for School Board Members. The University of Michigan School of Education Bulletin, November - 1952
  • Allen Park School Survey,  Authored by Jones and others at the University of Michigan May 10 - 1958
  • A Study of Administrative Organization and Structure of the Wayne Community School District   Authored by Jones and others at the University of Michigan, January 9 - 1961
  • Series 4: SPEECHES
  • Box 2:
  • Problems in New Hampshire Education. Class Day, Colby Junior College in New Hampshire, April 17 - 1950
    2 folders
  • Address to freshmen,  Fall - 1950
  • Assembly remarks at Plymouth Teachers College, January 11 - 1951
  • A Bill of Rights for School Board Members at Michigan State College, September 12 - 1952
  • Address at Upper Peninsula Association of School Board Members and Superintendents, Marquette, Michigan, January 31 - 1959
  • The Place of the Sixth-year Program in Graduate Education, at National Conference on the Intermediate Graduate Degree, June 29 - 1967
  • Address at Plymouth State College Centennial Convocation, March - 1971
  • “Diversity and Consensus,” Jones Commencement address at University of Minnesota, June 9 - 1978
  • Stone Soup speech material, January 13 - 1984
  • Series 5: GENERAL
  • Box 2:
  • Miscellaneous reference material - 1952-1953
  • Clippings - 1946-1984
  • Photographs of Jones at American Association of School Administrators convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February - 1965
  • Photographs of Jones and Ms. Kelly Hoxmeier and Mr. Jan Mayekawa, May - 1984
    Recipients of the Howard Jones Achievement Award, presented at Howard R. Jones Commons, Lindquist Center
  • Honored as representative of the University of Minnesota at inauguration of the University of Dubuque president, May 11 - 1968
  • Series 6: AWARDS
  • Box 2:
  • Who's Who entry - 1963
  • Various awards - 1970-1971
  • Establishment of Howard Jones Achievement Award - 1979-1983

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

University of Iowa Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Associates' Papers