M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives


Finding Aid for the
PAPERS, 1936, 1941-1945, 1947-1949, 1954-1978


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Finding Aid Compiled by
David Ackley
December 5, 1988

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935

VOLUME: 1 cubic ft.

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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Series Description

Box and Folder List:

Louis C. Jones
Biographical Sketch

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Louis C. Jones was born in Albany, New York, on June 28, 1908.  He received a B.A. in English from Hamilton College in 1930 and an L.H.D. in 1962.  Jones obtained his master's degree in 1931 and a Ph.D. in 1941, both from Columbia University.

Jones began his teaching career as an Instructor of English at Long University (1931-32) and at Syracuse University (1933-34).  Jones was employed by the New York State College for Teachers, first as an Instructor (1934-42) and later as an Associate Professor of English (1942-46).  In 1946 Jones was appointed Executive Director of the New York State Historical Association and Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, New York.  Jones also served as a professor and director of the Cooperstown graduate program of the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Jones was fascinated with folklore and ghostlore.  This interest led Jones to publish Spooks of the Valley (1948) and Things That Go Bump in the Night (1959).  The latter emphasizes the traditional folklore about ghosts and ghost hauntings in New York State.

Louis C. Jones
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The Louis C. Jones Papers consist primarily of the circular letters sent by Jones during World War II to former students of the State Teachers College and replies to these letters from service men and women.[1]  The primary focus of this correspondence was the activities of former students, but interspersed in the letters are comments about social conditions at home and abroad and a few observation about combat conditions.  The papers contain numerous photographs of serving personnel.  The papers also contain a sampling of Jones' publications, primarily relating to New York folklore and specifically to ghostlore.

Four of the circular letters written by Jones were transcribed for the University at Albany Veterans Project. The letters dated October 9, 1943; February 11, 1944; April 28, 1944; and March 14, 1945 are availalbe online.

The New York State Historical Association holds the Louis C. Jones Folklore Archives in the Special Collections Department of its Research Library. It contains materials collected by Jones' students in American Folklore at the New York State College for Teachers. Related manuscript collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the University Archives, Folklore subject page, and Military and Armed Conflict subject page.


1. In 1943, Jones took over the task of corresponding with State College service personnel from Dr. D. V. Smith who had left State College to assume the presidency of Cortland State Teachers' College.  State College News, September 24, 1943, p. 3.

Louis C. Jones
Series Description

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Series 1: World War II Correspondence.  1942-46.  0.9 cubic feet. Arranged generally in alphabetical order.

This series consists mainly of letters and postcards.  Also included are some war department press releases, newspaper clippings and photographs of former students of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany who were serving in the armed services.  The papers also contain a card index listing the names and service addresses of all former State College students serving in the armed services from 1941 to 1945.  Though for the most part the files contain correspondence relating to the activities of fellow students, they also include observations about fellow servicemen from the greater Albany area and about the social conditions where the correspondents were stationed.  There are few observations about combat conditions.

Series 2: Publications.  1936, 1941, 1944, 1947-49, 1954-78.  0.1 cubic feet. Arranged chronologically.

This series contains press releases associated with Louis C. Jones' career as well as drafts and off prints of his works on folklore.  The publications and press releases were taken from the University Archives Faculty Vertical File and relate to Jones' career and his interest in folklore.

Louis C. Jones
Box & Folder List

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Series 1:  World War II Correspondence

Box 1

1.  Jones' circular letters to service personnel, 1943-45.
2-22.  Letters to Jones from former students of the State Teachers College at Albany (arranged   alphabetically), 1942-45.
23. Letters (unidentified) to Jones, 1943-45.
24. Miscellaneous war transmittals, circa 1944.
25. Photos (identified) of State students in service, 1942-45
26. Photos (unidentified) of State students in service, 1942-45.
27. Personal correspondence to Louis C. Jones, 1944.
28. Military public relation releases, 1944-45.
29. List of students in military service with obituaries, August 1941 to May 1945.
30. Card index to file of former State students serving in World War II, 1942-45.

Louis C. Jones
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Series 2:  Publications

31. The Berlin Murder Case in Folklore and Ballad, 1936.
32. Bill Greenfield: A Nearly Forgotten Hero, 1936.
33. The College Research Paper, 1936.
34. Structural Charts of Great Dramas, 1936.
35. Paul Bunyan is Back, 1941.
36. Hitchhiking Ghosts in New York, 1944.
37. The Ghosts of New York: An Analytical Study, 1944.
38. Spooks of the Valley (first draft), 1947-48.
39. Practitioners of Folk Medicine, 1949.
40. A Long Look Over My Left Shoulder, 1965.
41. The Crime and Punishment of Stephen Arnold, 1966.
42. Press releases on Jones, 1954-1978.

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