Archives of American Art

Prescott M. M. Jones papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.jonepres
Creators:
Jones, Prescott M. M., 1904-1981
Dates:
1932-1976
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1 Linear foot
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters, 2 diaries, a subject file, art works, printed material, and photographs primarily concern Jones' work for the WPA artist project in Alaska.
Scope and Contents
Twenty-six letters from friends and colleagues concern the exhibition of Jones' work and the WPA's activities in Alaska (1934-1953). The 2-volume diary was written during Jones' travels in Alaska (1937). A subject file on Jones' work in Alaska contains a letter from the Department of the Interior, a photograph of Jones, Vernon Smith, and Carl Saxild, a diary for June 1937, and a certificate. Other materials include 4 sales receipts (1937-1939), an annotated calendar (1954) and 26 photographs of Jones' works.
Scope and Contents
Twenty-seven drawings (1937-1976) and 31 sketchbooks (1937-1959) depict landscapes and townscapes in Alaska (1937) and Luzon Island in the Philippines (1945), among other subjects. One sketchbook contains notes on color theory and perspective (ca. 1953). Printed material consists of clippings (1933-1957), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1932-1973).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Tufts College and participated in a WPA artist project in Alaska in 1937.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1982 by James M. Norton, a friend of Jones, and after Norton's death, by his estate via his brother, Richard P. Norton.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Federal aid to the arts -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alaska -- description and travel Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saxild, Carl Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, Vernon, 1894-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal Art Project (Alaska) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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