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Arthur Taber Jones papers, 1876 - 1951 (Bulk: 1919 - 1950)
4 boxes ( 1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: 42

Abstract:
Faculty. Professor of Physics. Contains correspondence, course materials, notes, research, reprints, and a scrapbook compiled by the Department of Physics in 1951.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Arthur Taber Jones, circa 1919

Arthur Taber Jones, circa 1919

Arthur Taber Jones was born in Vassalboro, Maine on September 6, 1876. Shortly after receiving his B.S. from the University of Chicago in 1899 he joined the teaching staff at Purdue University (1902 - 1910). In 1904 he and Jane Johnson married. A daughter, Esther Elizabeth, was born in 1909. In 1911 he moved to Clark University and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1913. He spent several years at Iowa State College before joining Smith College in 1919.

A prolific researcher and a dedicated polyglot, Jones corresponded with amateur and professional researchers from all around the world. His interests spanned not only the field of acoustics for which he was widely known but also anything that caught his attention from the wheeling of a bicycle to the gliding motions of a snake. Jones' time at Smith is punctuated by many assignments and the rewards of a fruitful academic career: member and chair of many faculty committees, chair of the department, and president of the local chapters of the American Association of University Professors, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi.

By the request of his department and the trustees of the college, he postponed his retirement and continued to teach through 1946 until his various colleagues returned from war work. He continued on as Professor Emeritus until his death on February 8, 1951.

After his death, Jones' colleagues in the Department of Physics went through nearly four decades worth of records and arranged for their transferal to the Neilson Library. The collection contains a wealth of intimate detail documenting scholarly discussions of moot points, interested inquiries, and heated debates as well as publications and reprints from international journals, independent publishers, commercial vendors and other unique sources.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, publications, photographs, clippings, course notes, research notes, a scrapbook and other materials documenting Arthur Taber Jones' career as a professor of Physics at Smith College. The collection includes a substantial series of correspondence between Jones in his roles as professor, researcher, and editor as well as a materials collected by Jones relating to carillons and organs.

This collection is organized into three series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Arthur Taber Jones papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Arthur Taber Jones papers were created by Arthur Taber Jones and donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English with some correspondence in German, French, and Italian.

Series Descriptions
1900 - 1951


1900 - 1950


This series is arranged into a set of five (5) subseries:

  • 1.Notes
  • 2.Research
  • 3.Teaching
  • 4.Promotional Materials
  • 5.Correspondence

1900 - 1950


Donated by the Department of Physics at the time of his death in 1951. This series is arranged into a set of three (3) subseries:

  • 1. Reprints and Articles on Sound
  • 2. In Memoriam Arthur Taber Jones , 1876 - 1951
  • 3. Various Subjects in Physics

Contents List
Series I: General



faculty file, 1919 - 1951


Box 1: folder 1
photographs, 1900 - 1951


Box 1: folder 2
projects, 1926


Box 1: folder 3
Series II: Professional



Notes



The Vortex Motion Causing Edge Tones,1925 - 1950


Box 2: folder 4
The Mechanism of Edge-Tone Production, 1925 - 1950


Box 2: folder 5
Self-Induced Vibrations, 1925 - 1950


Box 2: folder 6
Experimental Investigations on the Maintenance of Vibrations, 1925 - 1950


Box 2: folder 7
Uber die Wirbelbuildung bei Schneidentonen, 1925 - 1950


Box 2: folder 8
Research



The Hammond Organ, undated


Box 2: folder 9
Cornelia Gould Organ, 1927


Box 2: folder 10
Chapter III. Scientific Principles - Theory of certain musical instruments, undated


Box 2: folder 11
Motion of a Bell and It's clapper, undated


Box 2: folder 12
translation, Das Toeplersche schlierenverfahren, undated


Box 2: folder 13
Simpson Tuning Method, undated


Box 2: folder 14
Teaching



"Determination of the Accuracy of Pitches on Little Reed Organ in Lilly Hall by Means of Beats" ; by Randall and Whittemore, undated


Box 2: folder 15
"Determination of the Frequencies of the Just Seale on the Estey Reed Organ"; by Meaker, undated


Box 2: folder 16
Promotional Materials



The Spencer Steel Orgoblo, Organ Power Company, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 17
The Dayton C. Miller Collections relating to "The Flute", 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 18
Reverberation and the Organ, Etsey Organ Company, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 19
Electronics in the Church, Schulmerich Electronics, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 20
The Skinner Organ, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 21
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 22
M.P. Moller Pipe Organs, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 23
Orgelet I Tonder Kirke, Th. Frobenius and Co., 1946


Box 2: folder 24
Casavant Organs, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 25
Bochumer Verein fur Bergbau und Gubstahlfabrikation, 1900 - 1950


Box 2: folder 26
Correspondence



Acoustical Society of America, 1933


Box 3: folder 27
American Standards Association, 1937


Box 3: folder 28
Amherst College, 1930


Box 3: folder 29
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, 1931


Box 3: folder 30
Andrade, E.N .da C., 1944


Box 3: folder 31
Arts, Jan, 1925 - 1944


Box 3: folder 32
Bartholomew, William, 1939


Box 3: folder 33
Biehle-Bautzen, Johannes, 1926 - 1932


Box 3: folder 34
Bigelow, Arthur Lynds, 1947


Box 3: folder 35
Blackwood, O. H., 1943


Box 3: folder 36
Blueprints originals, various dates


Box 3: folder 37
Bouckaert, A, 1926 - 1932


Box 3: folder 38
Boyle, Malcolm, 1928


Box 3: folder 39
Bragg, William, 1939


Box 3: folder 40
Brunqardt, A.O., 1940


Box 3: folder 41
Butler, Henry, 1931


Box 3: folder 42
Cartmel, William, 1935


Box 3: folder 43
Chapman, Seville, 1941


Box 3: folder 44
Chase, Carl, 1933


Box 3: folder 45
Conklin, William, 1930


Box 3: folder 46
Cook, Samuel, 1945


Box 3: folder 47
Crew, Henry, 1945


Box 3: folder 48
Curtis Institute of Music, 1932


Box 3: folder 49
Davidson, J.C., 1950


Box 3: folder 50
Davis, Marian, 1939


Box 3: folder 51
Denyn, Jef, 1930


Box 3: folder 52
District of Lewisham East, 1926


Box 3: folder 53
Dorsey, Herbert Grove, 1948


Box 3: folder 54
Duff, A. Wilmer, 1930 - 1943


Box 3: folder 55
Eckart, Carl, 1946


Box 3: folder 56
Edgerton, Harold E., 1941


Box 3: folder 57
Edwards, Preston, 1932


Box 3: folder 58
Estherbrook, Edith, 1937


Box 3: folder 59
Ferry, Erwin, 1948


Box 3: folder 60
First Baptist Church, 1947


Box 3: folder 61
Fishel, Adolph, 1934


Box 3: folder 62
Fitzsimmons, A.W., 1931


Box 3: folder 63
Fletcher, Harvey, 1939


Box 3: folder 64
Flook, L.R., 1929


Box 3: folder 65
Foley, Arthur, 1922


Box 3: folder 66
Frank, Lester, 1931


Box 3: folder 67
Franklin, Cyril, 1947


Box 3: folder 68
Frederick, Halsey, 1930 - 1931


Box 3: folder 69
Fulcher, Gordon, 1949


Box 3: folder 70
G.E. Stechart and Company, 1930


Box 3: folder 71
Gaehr, Paul, 1937 - 1950


Box 3: folder 72
General Radio Company, 1941


Box 3: folder 73
Giannini, G.W., 1932


Box 3: folder 74
Gillett and Johnston Ltd., 1930


Box 3: folder 75
Griesbacher, P., 1930


Box 3: folder 76
Ham, Lloyd, 1930


Box 3: folder 77
Hammond Organ, 1936


Box 3: folder 78
Hastings, Charles, 1923


Box 3: folder 79
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1931


Box 3: folder 80
John Taylor and Company, 1919 - 1930


Box 3: folder 81
Jones, W. Bartlett, 1931


Box 3: folder 82
Jordan, E.B., 1944


Box 3: folder 83
Kanonikus Griesbacher , 1928


Box 3: folder 84
King, Louis, 1926 - 1930


Box 3: folder 85
Klug, Heinz, 1932


Box 3: folder 86
Kunerth, William, 1933 - 1950


Box 3: folder 87
Kyoto Imperial University, 1933


Box 3: folder 88
Langlade, E., 1934 - 1935


Box 3: folder 89
Les fils de Georges Paccard, 1928


Box 3: folder 90
Liberty Carillons, 1946


Box 3: folder 91
Little, Noel, 1937


Box 3: folder 92
Lloyd, Llewelyn, 1937 - 1950


Box 3: folder 93
Lottermoser, Werner, 1949


Box 3: folder 94
Matthews, W.L., 1930


Box 3: folder 95
Meneely Bell Company, 1919 - 1935


Box 3: folder 96
Meneely Bell Company, 1936 - 1946


Box 3: folder 97
Meneely Bell Company, 1947 - 1950


Box 3: folder 98
Merrill, George, 1922 - 1923


Box 3: folder 99
Metropolitan Water and Sewage Board, 1917


Box 3: folder 100
Meyer, Erwin, 1933 - 1949


Box 3: folder 101
Meyer, Frederick, 1930


Box 3: folder 102
Meyerhoff, Howard, 1933


Box 3: folder 103
Miesse, C. Charles, 1949


Box 3: folder 104
Miller, Dayton, 1920 - 1935


Box 3: folder 105
Miller, Julius, 1950


Box 3: folder 106
Morse, Philip, 1950


Box 3: folder 107
Morton, W.B., 1921 - 1926


Box 3: folder 108
Mosauer, Walter, 1933


Box 3: folder 109
Mulaik, Stanley, 1951


Box 3: folder 110
Nederlandse Klokkengieteru, 1950


Box 3: folder 111
Nichols, J.R., 1929


Box 3: folder 112
Northrop, Paul, 1940


Box 3: folder 113
Novello and Company, 1930


Box 3: folder 114
Ogilby, R.B., 1939


Box 3: folder 115
Olds, 1926 - 1929


Box 3: folder 116
Oxford University Press, 1930


Box 3: folder 117
Pagon, W. Watters, 1930


Box 3: folder 118
Peery, Paul, 1947


Box 3: folder 119
Perkins, Henry A., 1943 - 1949


Box 3: folder 120
Powers, Wallace, 1943


Box 3: folder 121
Pratzel, Willy, 1950


Box 3: folder 122
Redfield, John William , 1931 - 1932


Box 3: folder 123
Rice, Gorham, 1926 - 1933


Box 3: folder 124
Richards, Emerson, 1939


Box 3: folder 125
Richardson, E.G., 1925 - 1942


Box 3: folder 126
Riverbank Laboratories, 1930 - 1931


Box 3: folder 127
Rockse, Frederick, undated


Box 3: folder 128
Roller, Duane, 1938 - 1947


Box 3: folder 129
Russell, G. Oscar, 1934


Box 3: folder 130
Sabin, Paul, 1938


Box 3: folder 131
Saunders, Frederick, 1930


Box 3: folder 132
Sehouten, J.F., 1939 - 1947


Box 3: folder 133
Shook, G.A., 1940


Box 3: folder 134
Slater, John, 1930 - 1931


Box 3: folder 135
Sosman, Robert, 1931


Box 3: folder 136
Stewart, G.W., 1923


Box 3: folder 137
Stuber, G., 1949


Box 3: folder 138
Szilard, Leo, 1947


Box 3: folder 139
Taylor, Lloyd W., 1938 - 1943


Box 3: folder 141
Thompson, Joseph, 1925 - 1933


Box 3: folder 142
Torrey, G.S., 1932


Box 3: folder 143
Trendelenburg, Ferdinand, 1947 - 1950


Box 3: folder 144
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, 1930


Box 3: folder 145
University of Chicago, 1930


Box 3: folder 146
Van der Elst, W., 1926 - 1932


Box 3: folder 147
Van Geyseghem, Victor, 1932


Box 3: folder 148
Van Netta Studio, 1930


Box 3: folder 149
Vas Nunes, Abraham, 1926


Box 3: folder 150
Vittone, Piero, 1948


Box 3: folder 151
Vlam, Chris, 1948


Box 3: folder 152
Wachsmuch, Richard, 1934 - 1935


Box 3: folder 153
Watson, F.R., 1917


Box 3: folder 154
Watson, Lloyd, 1940


Box 3: folder 155
Weyel, R.L., 1930


Box 3: folder 156
Wickenden, Roger, 1949


Box 3: folder 157
Williamson, Charles, 1947


Box 3: folder 158
Wood, Irving, 1933


Box 3: folder 159
Worrall Hospital, 1931


Box 3: folder 159
Yale University, 1926 - 1931


Box 3: folder 160
Young, Robert, 1939 - 1950


Box 3: folder 161
Series III: Scrapbook



Reprints and Articles on Sound



section I, 1914 - 1951


Box 4: folder 162
section II, 1914 - 1951


Box 4: folder 163
In Memoriam Arthur Taber Jones, 1876 - 1951



section I, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 164
section II, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 165
section III, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 166
section IV, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 167
section v, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 168
Various Projects on Sound



section I, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 169
section II, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 170
section III, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 171
section IV, 1900 - 1951


Box 4: folder 172

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Subjects
  • Jones, Arthur Taber, 1876-1951
  • Physics--Study and teaching
  • Smith College. -- Department of Physics

Genre terms
  • blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • carillons
  • commercial correspondence
  • declaratory and advertising artifacts
  • editorial writers
  • formulas
  • personal correspondence


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