The Jones Collection contains some 1,500 photographic prints (many of them first generation), mounted in seven volumes, relating to the early history of American aviation from 1863-1917. The photographs were taken or collected by Jones primarily in the period 1907-1915, during which time he was editor of the pioneer technical journal "Aeronautics". The volumes were meticulously arranged by Jones, neatly captioned, cross-referenced and indexed. Jones' index to the collection can be found in the first volume, box 1.
According to Jones' description: "It is believed impossible to duplicate this collection. Many photographs were taken by him [Jones] personally; others were purchased or given him by the inventors, builders or flyers, many of whom are deceased, or have discontinued their efforts."
Conditions Governing Access
Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.