Prescott M. M. Jones papers, 1932-1976

Jones, Prescott M. M., b. 1904 d. 1981

Collection size: 1.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Letters, 2 diaries, a subject file, art works, printed material, and photographs primarily concern Jones' work for the WPA artist project in Alaska.

Twenty-six letters from friends and colleagues concern the exhibition of Jones' work and the WPA's activities in Alaska (1934-1953). The 2-volume diary was written during Jones' travels in Alaska (1937). A subject file on Jones' work in Alaska contains a letter from the Department of the Interior, a photograph of Jones, Vernon Smith, and Carl Saxild, a diary for June 1937, and a certificate. Other materials include 4 sales receipts (1937-1939), an annotated calendar (1954) and 26 photographs of Jones' works.

Twenty-seven drawings (1937-1976) and 31 sketchbooks (1937-1959) depict landscapes and townscapes in Alaska (1937) and Luzon Island in the Philippines (1945), among other subjects. One sketchbook contains notes on color theory and perspective (ca. 1953). Printed material consists of clippings (1933-1957), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1932-1973).

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Tufts College and participated in a WPA artist project in Alaska in 1937.

Donated 1982 by James M. Norton, a friend of Jones, and after Norton's death, by his estate via his brother, Richard P. Norton.

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