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Samuel Arthur Jones papers, 1833-1974 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Title: Samuel Arthur Jones papers, 1833-1974Add to your cart.

ID: 01/01/MSS00028

Primary Creator: Jones, Samuel Arthur (1834-1912)

Extent: 10.8 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is specified in box numbering and "folder set" numbering. The collection was previously organized according to format set types, however the quantity of material of each set needed to be consolidated and added to other sets to ensure space proficiency. Labels are recognized accordingly: UIUC RBML Samuel Arthur Jones Collection [Type of Material] [Folder Set/s] UIUXXXXX [Box #]

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of Samuel A. Jones, homeopathic physician and scholar of American Transcendentalism. Includes personal records; diaries; reading logs; records of book acquisitions; documents and correspondence pertaining to his service as a Civil War surgeon; records of homeopathic drug provings; manuscripts of medical lectures; manuscripts and proofs of published works; unpublished poems and essays.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Samuel Arthur Jones, 1834-1912, was born in Manchester, England. Jones is of Welsh stock, moving to the United States with his parents in 1842. Jones received two degrees in medical studies at the Missouri Homeopathic Medical College at St. Louis in 1860, and from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1861. Samuel A. Jones served in the Union Army during the Civil War, where he established a private practice in New Jersey and taught medicine in New York. His work and experiences made him an advocate of homeopathy and an established researcher in the field. Dr. Jones' not only had a passion for homeopathy, but fascination with literature and book collecting. His book collecting concentrated nineteenth century literary works, those including Thoreau and Carlyle. In addition, he has many first editions of manuscripts, correspondence with Thoreau, and photographs.

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

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Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1862-1907],
[Series 2: Portraiture],
[Series 3: Professional materials, 1875-[1974]],
[Series 4: Personal/Miscellaneous material, 1833-1974],

Series 4: Personal/Miscellaneous material, 1833-1974Add to your cart.
Materials of James Jones that relate to his life. Included is anything related to the personal life of Samuel Jones - his interests in Thoreau, clippings, some correspondence, notes, and manuscripts.
Box 1Add to your cart.
File 1: Obituary of Dr. Samuel A. JonesAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
File 4: Literary papers of JonesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Rejected Inlander paperAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Life's mute remembrancersAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Typescript fragmentAdd to your cart.
Pages 6 and 7, beginning "What is excellent..." with numerous corrections.
Item 4: Letter from Thoreau to Calvin GreeneAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Untitled manuscript, 1880Add to your cart.
Begins: "An alien...". Signed "S.A.J." and dated Ann Arbor, 1880.
Item 6: ManuscriptAdd to your cart.
Begins: "O mother, mother..." written on the eve of the day his mother was buried.
Item 7: PoemsAdd to your cart.
Begins with "Prelude."
Item 8: "My chappie cane"Add to your cart.
Dated "October 25th"
Item 9: "On a nameless bust"Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Life's lesson"Add to your cart.
Item 11: "Thoreau"Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Ripley"Add to your cart.
Xeroxed manuscript
Extent: 2 pages
Item 13: Letters by Tolman, Sanborn, Vickers regarding ThoreauAdd to your cart.
Xerox copies.
Item 14: NotebookAdd to your cart.
Written in Jones' hand, containing a bibliography of Longfellow's books; a bibliography of Whittier's books; Carlyle: editions and dates; draft of a poem, "Solemnly came the new-born day...".
Item 15: Speech by Jones (fragment), 1878 October 1Add to your cart.
Autograph. Pages 24 through 26.
Item 16: "Perpend, O Senior, perdent"Add to your cart.
Speech. Dated "26 April".
Item 17: ALS from Joseph Kennedy to Samuel Arthur Jones, 1878 Feb 4Add to your cart.
Regarding Kennedy's medical history.
Extent: 12 pages
Item 18: Packet of eight manuscriptsAdd to your cart.
1) Sub-oxidants (unfinished), 2) Post meridiem (unfinished), 3) American copy of Sartor Resartus, 4) The problem (rhyme), 5) Rare Visitaar from auld reekie, 6) Investigations of gold solutions, 7) "Nothing but roaring", 8) Recollections of B. F. Cocker.
Item 19: Notebook with one page in Jones' hand, 1891 June 11Add to your cart.
His birthday and mention of the internment of his father's casket.
Box 7Add to your cart.
File 15: Clippings related to ThoreauAdd to your cart.
Extent: 14 Clippings.
File 19: Dr. Jones' article on Richard JefferiesAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
File 23: Copies of letters of Concord writers, 1836-1868Add to your cart.

Copies of letters made by Jones.

1) ALS from Henry David Thoreau to Daniel Ricketson, 1855 February 1.

Henry David Thoreau to Charles W. Rice, 1836 August 5.

2) Leaf from an unidentified Ralph Waldo Emerson manuscript (possibly from Parnassus).

3) ALS from Sophia Thoreau to Daniel Ricketson, 1868 October 12.

Extent: 3 letters
File 25: Collected essays on Thoreau, 1890-1901, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes "Reminiscences by Joseph Hosmer, among others.
Extent: 21 items
File 27: Items related to Thoreau and his acquaintancesAdd to your cart.
Includes Jones' manuscript of his Thoreau bibliography; a contract between Maria Thoreau and Nathan Hosmer for additions to the Thoreau house to be made by November 1847; H.G.O. Blake's notebook of notes on Thoreau's journals; and letters from J.F. Dutton, Alfred Hosmer, Edward Hoar, and Anna Ricketson; among other items.
File 28: Items related to publications on ThoreauAdd to your cart.
Includes a set of illustrations and title pages of various publications about Thoreau.
File 29: Items Relating to the Civil War, 1861-1867Add to your cart.
Includes Jones' commission and order to report for duty and other official documents from the armed forces.
Box 9Add to your cart.
File 30: Personal itemsAdd to your cart.
Includes an unbound copy of Jones' "A Homeopath's Faith", a pamphlet entitled "General Introduction to the Hundred Greatest Men", a calendar of the University of Michigan for 1877-78, and a manuscript of a temperance speech by Jones.
Extent: 4 items
File 31: Thoreau-related itemsAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1)Jones on "Thoreau amongst friends and Philistine" and 2) "Thoreau: His friends and his critics" along with a notebook of clippings from newspapers.
File 32: "Do Medicines Act on the Morphological Elements of the Blood.", 1882 April 17Add to your cart.
Extent: 34 pages
Box 10Add to your cart.
File 33: Original printer's copy for the Rowfant Edition of Lowell's Lectures, 1885 January-FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Extent: 115 pages
File 34: Literary itemsAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1) Emerson's obituary for Thoreau, 2) Catalogue of rare books with Charles Lamb's letter, 3) pirated edition of Emerson and Landor correspondence, 4) address by Richard Hughes to the London School of Homeopathy, 1877, 5) Lippincott's Magazine, August 1891, 6) George E. Dattnell's pamphlet on Jeffries, 7) Froude's "My Relations with Carlyle", 8) Louisa May Alcott's "Thoreau's Flute", 9) sheets from Thoreau's "Friendship", 10) Catalogue of books from Lamb's library, 11) Letter of introduction, Jones to Hawthorne
File 36: "A Post-Mortem Examination: The Anti-Slavery Papers of James Russell Lowell"Add to your cart.
Typescript by S. A. Jones
Extent: 12 pages
File 37: Notes from book-reading, 1887Add to your cart.
Bound notebook; contains much Thoreau material.
Extent: 1 item
File 38: "Rhymings" bound notebook, 1884 June 29Add to your cart.
Written by S. A. Jones
File 40: Miscellaneous writingsAdd to your cart.
Includes "Roadside Rhymes" by Jones and "Editor's Preface".
Extent: 2 items
File 41: Letters and other items related to Concord writers, 1890-1908Add to your cart.
Includes letters from Alfred Hosmer, Silas Hosmer, Bertrand Dobell, Daniel Mason, May Fisher, E. B. Hill, Paul Lemperley, F. B. Sanborn, Daniel Ricketson, as well as clippngs, poems, and essays.
Box 11Add to your cart.
File 42: Jones' legal and personal documentsAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1) Oath of Identity, 2) Marriage Certificate, 3) Return of Medical and Hospital Property 1863, 4) Forestry Hill Cemetery Co. to S. A. Jones' Right of Burial, 5) mortgage, 6) papers concerning services in the Civil War.
Extent: 6 items
File 43: Jones' notebook recording trip to Concord and Thoreau materials, 1890Add to your cart.
File 44: Drafts of Notes on Thoreau, 1890-1914Add to your cart.
Includes passages from Thoreau's "Walking" copied by Jones from his manuscript in the Concord Library, Thoreau's parentage, and a postcard from Otto Wiscker.
Box 12Add to your cart.
File 45: Jones' notes on friends of the Thoreau familyAdd to your cart.
File 46: "A Chronology of Thoreau's Life", 1901 February 12Add to your cart.
Written by Jones. "Begun on Feb. 12, 1901" but incomplete. Also, an undated speech or lecture draft, "A Man with a Conviction".
File 48: Items relating to Jones' libraryAdd to your cart.
Includes the Catalogue of the Medical Library of Jones, memoranda books, and a cost catalogue of some of the Carlyle collection.
Box 14Add to your cart.
File 50: Miscellaneous items from the collection of Dr. Samuel A. JonesAdd to your cart.
Includes a pamphlet, letters, poems, clippings, essays, a euology by Jones on Moses Coit Tyler, and other items.
File 51: Thoreau itemsAdd to your cart.
Includes a plaster from Thoreau and a Thoreau pencil, as well as letters between G. Grosvenor Dawe and S. A. Jones.
Box 15Add to your cart.
File 52: Dr. Jones' Thoreau scrapbooks, 1895-1898Add to your cart.
Extent: 2 scrapbooks

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1862-1907],
[Series 2: Portraiture],
[Series 3: Professional materials, 1875-[1974]],
[Series 4: Personal/Miscellaneous material, 1833-1974],

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