JFK M A T E R I A L S C O L L E C T I O N A PRIVATE COLLECTION IN A PRIVATE INSTITUTION Who was Penn Jones? The library’s JFK William Penn Jones was born in Annona, Materials collection Texas, on October 15, 1914. In 1946, Jones began in 2004 with the purchased the local newspaper, Midlothian acquisition of the papers Mirror. His liberal opinions caused controversy of Penn Jones, Jr. from and his attacks on the John Birch Society his friend, Bob Platt. resulted in his office being firebombed. He These papers included was the recipient of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy correspondence, manu- Award for courageous journalism. scripts, cassette tapes, video tapes, magazines, photographs and various publications. Additional In 1963, Jones became materials were given by Penn Jones’ sons involved in investigating including a large group of materials related to the assassination of John th Penn’s service with the 36 Infantry Division in F. Kennedy. He was the WWII. author of four books on the assassination: Forgive Since then, we have partnered with Jack White My Grief vols. I-IV (1966- and Gary Shaw to duplicate JFK materials from 1976). their personal collections. So far, we have added Jones sold the Midlothian 40+ JFK assassination research newsletter titles Mirror in 1974. He began publishing the with over 800 individual issues, over 400 newsletter, The Continuing Inquiry, in 1976. magazine articles, 200+ videos, 100+ cassettes, Every year on the anniversary of the HSCOA videos and cassettes, and assassination, Jones held a memorial service correspondence from hundreds of individuals. We at Dealey Plaza. have also added general magazines, newspapers William Penn Jones died in a nursing home in and videos documenting the life and death of Alvarado, Texas, on 25th January, 1998. President Kennedy. The web site for the Penn Jones papers is The library has also received materials from H. C. www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/jones/ Nash, John Kelin, Chris Pike, Bob Platt, Doug Weldon, Roy Schaeffer, and Jack Hightower, as Who is Jack White? well as local Waco residents. Many of these Jack White, a long materials are listed on our JFK web site: time resident of Fort www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/jfk/. Worth, Texas, is a professional photo- We are also partnering with the Harold Weisberg grapher. As a photo Archive at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, to analyst, he testified share materials and information. See before the House www.hood.edu/library/services.cfm?pid=services_ Selection Committee weisbergArchives.html on Assassinations in 1978 and served as a W. R. Poage Legislative Library consultant on the Oliver Stone film, JFK, in 1990. He edited The Continuing Inquiry for Penn Jones in the early 1980s. He is currently engaged in photo analysis of photographs related to September 11, 2001. The web site for the Jack White papers is www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/white JFK Materials Collection: A Private Collection in a Private Institution What do donors say? How you can help? Jack White, Photo analyst The fiftieth anniversary "Penn Jones was a great American of Kennedy’s death will devoted to truth and justice. Penn be in 2013. Our goal would be proud that his work is being is to have as many carried forward by the Poage Library's resources available by JFK materials collection honoring his then for a new name. I am proud to have contributed generation of most of my archives of newsletters, researchers, especially magazines, newspapers and videos to children and teachers the Penn Jones Collection in honor of in secondary schools. Penn, and for the benefit of historians So please look over and researchers." our list of JFK newsletters online and What do researchers say? see if you have any issues we are missing. Joe Green, JFK researcher Do the same with our list of magazines. San Antonio, TX Let us know what you have. Do you know of I have found everyone there [Poage Library] to unpublished manuscripts which we could add? be extremely friendly and helpful…It's been We will be glad to work with you to duplicate especially helpful for someone like myself, materials if you need originals returned. who had never seen publications like The Third Decade and The Iconoclast and needed Visiting the archive in Waco Texas to have that kind of detailed background to www.baylor.edu/map/index.php?id=10789 work on my book. The Baylor Collections of Political Materials continues to be a fantastic resource for me, which can be seen just by checking my footnotes. Chris Pike, Penn Jones biographer Ridgway, CO Parking The political collections archive of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library at Baylor University is emerging as one of the foremost research facilities for political materials. Beginning in 2004, when I was first informed that materials about the subject of my book were available, JFK Materials collection has been an essential resource for my biographical research effort involving the late Brig. Gen. Penn Jones, Jr. For a time, the whereabouts of the Jones files and personal papers had been unknown. But due to the Political Collections’ staff, the papers were obtained from Robert Platt of Ft. Contact us: Worth and from the Jones family. From that point onward I was able to successfully Mail: Poage Legislative Library complete the deep research phase of my book One Bear Place #97153 project. Had the staff not been persistent in Waco, Texas 76798-7153 locating materials, I seriously doubt that I would have come this far. In obtaining Phone: 254-710-3540 materials that encompass both sides of an issue or controversy, the archive has amassed Email:email@example.com a reputable collection of books, articles, newsletters, photographs, films, and other items ranging from the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States to political assassinations.
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