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Ernest Larue Jones Photographic Collection

Identifier: GTM-840323

Scope and Contents

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."


  • 1863 - 1917
  • Majority of material found within 1907 - 1915

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.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes (containing 7 uniform, serial scrapbook albums))

Language of Materials



Again, from Jones' introduction to the collection: "These pictures are arranged alphabetically by the principle subject. Those relating principally to the Army, or to the Navy, are arranged under "A" and "N" respectively. The history of the work of the A.E.A. - Aerial Experiment Association - is arranged under "A", though the subsequent work of its members after its dissolution may be found under the proper letters. The work of Curtiss, for example, will be included not only under "A" while a member of the Association, but under "C" and under both the Army and the Navy."

Ernest Larue Jones Photographic Collection
Ted Jackson. Booth Family Center for Special Collections Georgetown University Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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