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Llewellyn Jones papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 257

Scope and Contents

The Llewellyn Jones Papers document his personal and professional life as a writer and editor and span the dates 1902 to 1962. The Papers contain correspondence, writings, and other papers such as financial and business papers, writings of others, and art and music event pamphlets. The bulk of the correspondence regards the Christian Register and the American Unitarian Association, and his involvement in the Chicago literary community; a small portion of the correspondence is personal in nature. The collection also contains documentation of Jones's involvement with the Cliff Dwellers, a Chicago club that supports the fine and performing arts.


  • 1902-1962


Language of Materials

Materials in English, Danish, Finnish and Swedish.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 9: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Llewellyn Jones Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from David J. Holmes on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, 2002.


The collection is organized into four series: Correspondence, Writings, Professional Papers, and Other Papers.


3.17 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Llewellyn Jones Papers contain correspondence, writings, and other papers that document the professional and personal life of writer and editor Llewellyn Jones.

Llewellyn Jones (1884-1961)

Llewellyn Jones was born July 13, 1884 in Castletown in the Isle of Man, Great Britain to John and Katherine Jones. He attended King William's College and the Douglas School of Science. Jones married Susan Warren Wailbus in 1917 and together they had three children: Llewellyn, Cornelia, and George Wilbur. From 1914 to 1932, he was the literary editor of the Chicago Evening Post. During his time as editor, Jones also taught writing as a visiting summer instructor at the University of Chicago in 1924 and 1926; and from 1925 to 1927 he was an instructor of short story writing at Northwestern University. After leaving the Chicago Evening Post, he was editor for Willett, Clark and Company, a Chicago publishing firm. Jones moved to Boston in 1937 to take the position of editor of the Christian Register, but resigned in 1941 due to financial instability and conflict between the Christian Register and the American Unitarian Association.

Jones was a member of the Chicago Literary Club, the Cliff Dwellers of Chicago and PEN, and was President of the Greater Boston American-Scandinavian Forum. He authored books and essays and translated several publications from Danish and Swedish. His books include First Impressions; Essays on Poetry, Criticism, and Prosody (1925); How to Criticize Books (1928); and How to Read Books (1930). Jones was one of thirty-four individuals who signed the 1933 Humanist Manifesto I, written by Roy Wood Sellars and Raymond Bragg. He lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts until his death in 1961.

Guide to the Llewellyn Jones Papers
Under Revision
by Molly Wheeler
July 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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