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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 201

Robert Edmond Jones papers


Scenery and costume designs, photographs, compositions and correspondence by American theatrical designer Robert Edmond Jones.


  • Creation: 1910-1958 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


7 linear feet (circa 150 drawings and photographs and 5 boxes)

Collection includes scenery and costume designs for various productions, sketches and poster designs, essays and notes on principals of theatrical design, letters, photographs of sets and productions, awards and certificates. Collection was previously processed in four different finding aids as MS Thr 201, MS Thr 201.4 MS Thr 201.7, and MS Thr 202.12 and several single item records. The present finding aid brings all the material together. Accession numbers recorded for each individual item, or folder.

Biographical / Historical

Jones graduated from Harvard in 1910 and was an American theatrical and motion-picture designer.


Arranged into the following series: I. Drawings II. Compositions and notes III. Correspondence IV. Other material

Custodial History

Gift of Miss Elizabeth Johnson, 1967-1975, and other donors

Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-97. Gift of Miss Elizabthe Jones; received: 1968 January 4. 74M-45. Gift of Miss Elizabeth Jones; received: 1974 Novemebr 15. 74M-54. Gift of Miss Elizabeth Jones; received: 1975 January 17. Various other sources

Processing Information

Processed at various times by a number of archivists.

Jones, Robert Edmond, 1887-1954. Robert Edmond Jones papers, 1911-1954 (MS Thr 201): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
January 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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