Boisfeuillet Jones papers, 1913-2005 [bulk 1930-2001]

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jones, Boisfeuillet, 1913-2001.
Title: Boisfeuillet Jones papers, 1913-2005 [bulk 1930-2001]
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1024
Extent: 19 linear feet (23 boxes), 1 oversized papers box (OP), AV Masters: 1.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of Atlanta civic leader Boisfeuillet Jones include correspondence, awards, personal and professional papers, and printed materials.
Language:Materials predominantly in English; a small amount of material relating to health education in the USSR is in Russian

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Use copies of audiovisual material in this collection have not been made at this time. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance to access this material. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Correspondence containing an Emory University application is restricted until 2021 in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Related Materials in Other Repositories

Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. records; Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Ga.

Separated Material

Some printed items from this collection will be cataloged individually. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching Jones, Boisfeuillet, 1913-2001, former owner.


Gift, 2005.


[after identification of item(s)], Boisfeuillet Jones papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Arranged and described at the folder level by Kristin Morgan, April 2017.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Boisfeuillet Jones (1913-2001) was born John Boisfeuillet Jones on January 22, 1913 in Macon, Georgia, to Frederick R. Jones (1874-1941) and Clare T. Boisfeuillet (1885-1981). Jones married Laura Mary Coit (1917-1949) on October 23, 1940, and the couple had two children: Laura Jones Hardman (1945- ) and Boisfeuillet Jones, Jr. (1946- ). Laura Coit Jones died in 1949. In 1951, Jones married Anne Baynon Register (1925-2006).

Boisfeuillet Jones attended high school at Boys' High School in Decatur, Georgia (now Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia), and graduated in 1930. He then attained two academic degrees from Emory University: a Bachelor of Philosophy in 1934 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1937. From 1935-1943 he worked for the National Youth Administration of the United States, first as Assistant State Administrator and then State Administrator for Georgia from 1935-1942; he then held the position of Regional Administrator for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee from 1942-1943. During World War II, Jones served as a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve Bureau of Ordinance in Washington, D.C. (1943-1946). Following the war, Jones was employed at Emory University, first as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Assistant to the President (1946-1948), then as the Dean of Administration (1948-1954), and finally as Vice President and Administrator of Health Services (1954-1960). In 1961, Jones was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to serve as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health and Medical Affairs of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), a position he held until 1964. From 1964-1988, Jones was President of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jones held many civic positions in both national and local organizations. At the national level, Jones was chair of the Committee of Consultants on Medical Research of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations (1959-1960). He served as a member of the National Advisory Health Council of the United States Public Health Service (1956-1960) and the Advisory Committee on Health Policy of the Democratic National Committee (1960). Jones was also on the Board of Directors of the Independent Sector (1985-1991), a coalition of nonprofits and charitable foundations. At the local level, Jones chaired the Georgia State Board of Human Resources (1977-1984). He was on the Board of Directors of Central Atlanta Progress (1985-1993), the Community Council of the Atlanta Area (1965-1972), the Southeastern Council of Foundations (1972-2001), and Economic Opportunity Atlanta (1964-1975). In addition, Jones was a member of the Commission on Mental Illness and Human Services of the Southern Regional Education Board (1968-1985). He was a Trustee of Emory University and of Atlanta University Center. Jones also served as Director of the Protestant Radio and Television Center (1961) in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Theta, and Phi Delta Phi fraternities; the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and the State Bar of Georgia.

Jones received five honorary degrees for his work in human services legislation and civic engagement. Three of these are in law: a Legum Doctor (Honorary Doctor of Law) from Emory University in 1982; an Honorary Doctor of Law from Mercer University in 1981; and an Honorary Doctor of Law from Brenau College in 1984. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Morehouse College in 1982 and an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Wesleyan College in 1984. Jones died in 2001.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of Atlanta civic leader, Boisfeuillet Jones from 1913-2005 [bulk 1930-2001]. The papers include correspondence, honors and awards, and personal and professional papers. Correspondence (1929-2002) is between Boisfeuillet Jones and friends, family members, colleagues, and associates, including Jimmy Carter, Robert W. Woodruff, Joseph W. Jones, and Ivan Allan Jr. Jones' honors and awards include those granted to him as well as those named for him (1955-2005). The bulk of Jones' honors are related to his position as president of the Woodruff Foundation, such as the National Council of Foundations Distinguished Grant Maker Award (1987). Awards named for Jones include Emory University's Boisfeuillet Jones Medal, which is often granted to honorees by Jones' daughter and Emory University Board of Trustees member, Laura Jones Hardman.

Personal papers (1913-2002) consist of notes, newsletters, programs, photographs, and clippings relating to Jones' academic courses, biographical information, Jones family papers, research files, and scrapbook materials. Also included are printed materials about Jones, which consist of newspaper and magazine articles as well as organizational newsletters. Professional and civic papers (1940-2005) document Jones' work in both professional and volunteer roles. Professional and civic papers consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, printed materials, and reports, as well as audiovisual materials and Jones' speeches and presentations. Audiovisual materials include audio recordings produced by the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Association, as well as video and audio recordings of two speeches given by Jones. Organizations and institutions represented in this series include the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Robert W. Woodruff Foundation; and Emory University, among others. Jones' work with these organizations is primarily concerned with health legislation and medical education. The series also includes materials relating to Jones' activity as a United States representative in the US-USSR Cultural Exchange Agreement Delegation on Medical Education (1963-1972). A small amount of this material is in Russian.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Honors and awards, (3) Personal papers and printed materials, and (4) Professional and civic papers.

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