Henry Arthur Jones Papers

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Henry Arthur Jones papers
Creator: Jones, Henry Arthur, 1851-1929
Call Number: D.228
Dates: 1851-1929
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Henry Arthur Jones papers
Creator: Jones, Henry Arthur, 1851-1929
Call Number: D.228
Dates: 1851-1929
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929), British dramatist, was born at Grandborough, Buckinghamshire, England. He began working for a draper at the age of twelve, and later earned his living as a commercial traveler. After attending the theatre in London, he was inspired to begin writing one-act plays. His first play to be produced, It's Only Round the Corner, was staged at the Theatre Royal, Exeter, in 1878. His first London production, A Clerical Error, premiered the following year. The Silver King, which opened at the Princess Theatre, London, in 1882, established Jones's name as a dramatist. During his long career, he wrote numerous plays, among his most successful were The Middleman (1889), The Dancing Girl (1891), The Tempter (1893), The Triumph of the Philistines (1895), Michael and His Lost Angel (1896), The Liars (1897), and The Hypocrites (1906). Like the works of Arthur Wing Pinero, Jones's plays began the move away from melodrama and sentimental comedy to a more realistic treatment of social issues.

Scope and Content
The collection includes approximately forty letters written by Henry Arthur Jones to others involved in the theatre, such as actor-manager George Alexander (1 letter), dramatist William Leonard Courtney (5), playwright Harrison Grey Fiske (1), actress Elizabeth Robins (1), playwright Augustus Thomas (3), dramatic critic Arthur Bingham Walkley (1), critic and playwright Malcolm Watson (1), and dramatist Freeman Wills (1). Also found in the collection is the typescript of "Cock o' the Walk," a five-act play by Jones, the manuscript of an article by Jones on motion pictures and a biographical study of Henry Irving.

Subject(s):
England
Theater
Correspondence
Drama
Jones, Henry Arthur, 1851-1929
Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918
Courtney, W. L. (William Leonard), 1850-1928
Fiske, Harrison Grey, 1861-1942
Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952
Thomas, Augustus, 1857-1934
Walkley, Arthur Bingham, 1855-1926
Watson, Malcolm, 1853-
Wills, Freeman, -1913
Dramatists, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was acquired by purchase from David J. Holmes Autographs, July 23, 1990, and various other purchases.Access
The Henry Arthur Jones papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Henry Arthur Jones papers, D.228, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1884-1889
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1890-1899
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1900-1906
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1907-1915
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, 1916-1925, undated
Box 1, Folder 6Autograph manuscript on motion pictures by Henry Arthur Jones
2 pages

Box 1, Folder 7Autograph manuscript of "The Shadow of Henry Irving," by Henry Arthur Jones
99 pages

Box 1, Folder 8Typescript of five-act play "Cock o' the Walk," by Henry Arthur Jones with corrections in hand of Jones and Otis Skinner
138 pages
Signed autograph inscription on front fly-leaf from Otis Skinner to John Mason Brown, 1933

Box 1, Folder 9Two autograph sentiments signed by Henry Arthur Jones
Clipped closing and signature from Jones letter; typed stanza of poem by Matthew Arnold signed by Henry Arthur Jones

Box 1, Folder 10Pictures of Henry Arthur Jones
Box 1, Folder 11Press notices of Samuel French's publication of Henry Arthur Jones's plays; other ephemeral pieces


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