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A Guide to the Charles H. Jones Papers

Finding aid created by Walter Thompson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2008

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jones, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1848-1913
Title: Charles H. Jones Papers
Dates: 1876-1913
Abstract: Papers relating to Charles H. Jones's role in drafting the 1892 and 1896 Democratic Party platforms, his career in journalism, as well as his correspondence to family and friends.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: MS 248
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Henry Jones (1849-1913) was born in Talbotton, Georgia. Following the Civil War, Jones began a long career in journalism. By the time he was 21, Jones was promoted to editor of Eclectic Magazine. He served as an associate editor of Appleton's Journal, president of the National Editorial Association, as well as a newspaper editor and owner of The Florida Times-Union, The St. Louis Republic, The St. Louis Dispatch and The New York World.

Jones also played an active role in politics as head of the Florida Democratic Party. He was instrumental in drafting three Democratic national platforms in 1888, 1892 and 1896. He served in an advisory role to Democratic leaders, such as William Jennings Bryan. In 1897 Jones retired from journalism. Soon thereafter he purchased several trade magazines and formed the Lockwood Trade Journal, which his brother managed. Jones spent much of his remaining years traveling abroad with his family.

For additional information, please refer to the book Charles H. Jones, Journalist and Politician of the Gilded Age by Thomas Graham, Florida A and M University Press, Tallahassee, 1990. Researchers may also consult Thomas Graham's 1973 UF Thesis, Charles H. Jones, 1848-1913: Editor and Progressive Democrat.

Scope and Content

A large part of the Charles H. Jones Papers consists of photocopies of his correspondence to his son and daughter, as well as to his lifelong friend Julien W. Abernethy. These letters are dated from 1876 to 1913 and are arranged chronologically by correspondent. The collection also includes magazine articles and newspaper clippings written about Jones, as well as newspaper interviews of Jones. These sources mainly discuss Jones's role in writing the Democratic platforms of 1892 and 1896, along with speculation that Jones might be a Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. The collection holds Jones's drafts of the Democratic platforms, telegrams from Jones to his political associates and a notebook detailing some of his travels. Also noteworthy are Jones's disputes with Joseph Pulitzer over the St. Louis Dispatch, in addition to an article by Jones denouncing U.S. involvement in the Philippines.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles H. Jones Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Photocopies of original papers donated by Richard A. Martin. Original papers are in the possession of the family of Carl G. and Dorothy M. Freeman of Bat Cave, North Carolina.

Contents List

1 Autobiography and other biographical materials.
1 Articles about Jones and interviews with him. 1892-1913
1 Correspondence to Abernethy. 1876-1883
1 Correspondence to Abernethy. 1884-1889
1 Letter from his mother. 1889
1 Correspondence to his daughter. 1889
1 Correspondence to his daughter. 1890
1 Various correspondence to Jones. 1893-1913
1 Notebook. 1910
1 National Democratic Platform Draft. 1892
1 Telegrams. 1892
1 National Democratic Platform Draft. 1896

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Economics and Society: Post Civil War Florida, 1865-1913 -- Business, Agriculture, and Tourism, 1878-1897
Economics and Society: Post Civil War Florida, 1865-1913 -- Florida and the War for Cuban Independence, 1898
Economics and Society: Post Civil War Florida, 1865-1913 -- Reconstruction Era, 1865-1877
Economics and Society: Post Civil War Florida, 1865-1913 -- The New Century and a Growing State, 1899-1913
Florida -- Newspapers
Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Politics and government
Journalism -- Florida

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