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Capt. H. S. Jones collection

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My Country Society, Inc.

Litchfield Historical Society

Litchfield Law School

Litchfield Trees

Historical and Architectural Commission

Connecticut State Highway Department

Litchfield Representative Town Meeting System

Miscellaneous



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Capt. H. S. Jones collection, 1928-1975 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

Title: Capt. H. S. Jones collection, 1928-1975Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Jones, Captain Herbert Sidney (1893-1976)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 8 series:

1. My Country Society, Inc.

2. Litchfield Historical Society

3. Litchfield Law School

4. Litchfield Trees

5. Historical and Architectural Commission

6. Connecticut State Highway Department

7. Litchfield Representative Town Meeting System

8. Miscellaneous

Date Acquired: 04/23/1976

Subjects: Connecticut. State Highway Dept., Dutch elm disease--Control., Historic preservation, Lawyers - Connecticut, Litchfield Historical and Architectural Commission, Litchfield Historical Society (Conn.), Litchfield Historic District Advisory Commission, Litchfield Law School, Newspapers, Roads - Connecticut - Litchfield

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Financial records, Minutes, Notes, Tax returns

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains records and correspondence pertaining to Captain Herbert Sidney Jones, of Litchfield, Conn.

Herbert Sidney Jones was born on July 22, 1893 in New York City.  He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1916.  He received his master's degree in engineering from Columbia University.  He served in the U.S. Navy, and was the commander of a destroyer when he retired in 1934 for reasons of health.  During WWII, he was recalled to active duty and served on the Bureau of Ships from 1939 to 1941.  He and his wife, Ruth Shafter Jones, moved to Litchfield in 1955, where he lived until his death on February 6, 1976 following a short illness.

Captain Jones, as he was known in Litchfield, was an active participant in Borough affairs, serving as a member of the Litchfield Historical and Architectural Commission, the Litchfield Historical Society, My Country Society, and the Sanctum Club of Litchfield.  The collection contains personal papers and correspondence as well as records of several of these societies.

Captain Jones was instrumental in establishing the Borough in Litchfield as a historic district, the first of its kind in the area.  The collection includes information on the Historical and Architectural Commission, which oversees the district, as well as reports pertaining to the creation and managing the district, which served as a model to other local towns seeking to establish their own historic districts.  He also was responsible for attaining recognition as a National Landmark for the Tapping Reeve Law School.  The collection contains information on this process as well as several newspaper articles detailing the role of Captain Jones in the debate with the College of William and Mary about whether Tapping Reeve really did have the first law school.  He served as a vice president of the Litchfield Historical Society for many years, also as chairman of the committees for Maintenance of the Grounds and the Tapping Reeve School.  As such he was instrumental in fundraising for the preservation of the law school, and the records of this process are contained within the collection, along with records of the general workings of the historical society and their efforts to redesign their space and exhibits in the 1960s.  The Captain also spearheaded the tree replacement program in Litchfield when many of the historic Elms in the borough were threatened by the Dutch Elm Disease sweeping the area.  The collection includes papers relating to the preservation, maintenance, and replacement of the trees in Litchfield.  As an important figure in the borough affairs, Captain Jones was also involved in communication with the Conn. State Highway Dept. concerning roads through the town, as well as the shift in local government from traditional Town Meeting style to Representative Town Meeting.  The collection contains records pertaining to both of these activities.

Captain Jones was the president of My Country Society, Inc., for several years, overseeing publication of the My Country magazines and writing historical and editorial articles as well.  My Country Society, Inc. was founded in 1967 by Mr. Walter L. Upson, and published a small booklet three or four times a year until 2008, when the society merged its assets with the Litchfield Historical Society.  The booklet contained articals of historic interest in an effort to reach a wide audience and in particular regain the interest of young people in America.  A large part of the collection contains records and correspondence pertaining to the publication and organization of My Country.

H.S. Jones was also an artist,  and the collection contains political cartoons as well as his design for Litchfield's 250th anniversary commemorative seal.

The collection contains mostly professional correspondence, as well as meeting minutes, financial records, drawings, and copies of various publications including newspaper clippings.  There are also two photos and one reel of 16mm newsreel.

Biographical Note

Herbert Sidney Jones was born on July 22, 1893 in New York City.  He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1916.  He received his master's degree in engineering from Columbia University.  He served in the U.S. Navy, and was the commander of a destroyer when he retired in 1934 for reasons of health.  During WWII, he was recalled to active duty and served on the Bureau of Ships from 1939 to 1941.  He and his wife moved to Litchfield in 1955, where he lived until his death in 1976.

Captain Jones, as he was known in Litchfield, was an active participant in Borough affairs, serving as a member of the Litchfield Historical and Architectural Commission, the Litchfield Historical Society, My Country Society, and the Sanctum Club of Litchfield.  Captain Jones was instrumental in establishing the Borough in Litchfield as a historic district, the first of its kind in the area.  He also was responsible for attaining recognition as a National Landmark for the Tapping Reeve Law School.  He served as a vice president of the Litchfield Historical Society for many years, also as chairman of the committees for Maintenance of the Grounds and the Tapping Reeve School.  The Captain also spearheaded the tree replacement program in Litchfield when many of the historic Elms in the borough were threatened by the Dutch Elm Disease sweeping the area.

Captain Jones was the President of My Country Society, Inc., for several years, overseeing publication of the My Country magazines and writing historical and editorial articles as well.

H.S. Jones was also an artist, creating several political cartoons for various newspapers and other publications.  He also designed Litchfield's 250th anniversary commemorative seal, which was officially adopted as the town seal in 1968.

Captain Jones died on February 6, 1976 in Litchfield after a short illness.

Subject/Index Terms

Connecticut. State Highway Dept.
Dutch elm disease--Control.
Historic preservation
Lawyers - Connecticut
Litchfield Historical and Architectural Commission
Litchfield Historical Society (Conn.)
Litchfield Historic District Advisory Commission
Litchfield Law School
Newspapers
Roads - Connecticut - Litchfield

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection.  Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown.  Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.  Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners.  Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Physical Access Note: The Litchfield Historical Society does not posess a way for researchers to view the 16mm newsreel film contained in the collection.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Richard Marsh and Mrs. Nan Heminway

Acquisition Method: Deed of Gift.


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[Series 1: My Country Society, Inc., 1967-1974],
[Series 2: Litchfield Historical Society, 1961-1975],
[Series 3: Litchfield Law School, 1963-1969],
[Series 4: Litchfield Trees, 1951-1973],
[Series 5: Historical and Architectural Commission, 1959-1972],
[Series 6: Connecticut State Highway Department, 1963-1972],
[Series 7: Litchfield Representative Town Meeting System, 1962-1971],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1928-1975],
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Series 1: My Country Society, Inc., 1967-1974Add to your cart.

Papers pertaining to the publication “My Country,” put out three (later four) times annually by My Country Society, Inc., of which Captain H.S. Jones became president in the late 1960s.

Series contains correspondence written and received by those involved in the production of My Country, including founder and editor-in-chief Walter Lyman Upson and president Captain Herbert Sidney Jones, including several letters detailing the discontinuation of the publication of My Country as an organ of the Litchfield Historical Society after its second issue in 1967, as well as letters containing advice concerning fundraising and reorganization in a period of financial difficulty.  The series also includes the financial records of the Society from 1968 through 1974, mostly consisting of treasurer/financial committee reports as well as bills and correspondence dealing with printing and supplier services from several different companies.  Also included are records of the board of directors and directors at large of My Country Society, Inc. including meeting agendas and minutes, committee information, and listings of directors at large.  There are also several reports and letters dealing with contributions received from readers and subscribers.  There are several letters and articles published in issues of My Country to readers and members concerning fundraising, solicitation of donations, and various other topics.  The majority of the pieces are written by president Captain H.S. Jones.  The series also contains three drafts of historical articles for My Country written by Captain Jones, as well as drafts of articles written by five other authors.  Drafts are annotated and editorial notes are included.

The series contains a variety of miscellaneous papers as well, including a photograph of Captain Jones and two other men, notes concerning publication details, newspaper clippings and other publications saved by Captain Jones, and various other documents.



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