Nellie Kedzie Jones series, 1860–1955
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Brief Description:

The Nellie Kedzie Jones series is part of the College of Human Ecology historical files at Kansas State University. Nellie Sawyer Kedzie Jones was an 1876 alumna who returned to lead domestic science instruction from 1882 until 1897. This series reflects papers related to her and her relatives and friends.

The first subseries pertains to Nellie Sawyer Kedzie Jones with dates between 1889 and 1955. Contents include developments in human ecology and are reflected in publications, printed materials, published works, manuscripts, typescripts, awards, and correspondence. Materials are organized chronologically within each group.

The second subseries is devoted to Howard Murray Jones, Nellie's husband from 1901 until his death in 1953. He was a minister, including time as a professor and administrator at Berea College. Contents include minimal correspondence along with writings, sermons, and printed materials. His sermons are arranged chronologically divided between typed and handwritten. Because he often used sermons twice, there are two dates on the manuscripts. The bulk of the materials pertains to religion and Christianity.

The third through ninth subseries contain information about friends and relatives of Howard and Nellie. Included are documents associated with the Fairchild family (Frank, David, and George Fairchild), Abby and Charles Marlatt, Gertrude and Theodore Jessup, Robert Clark Kedzie (Nellie's first husband who died in 1882), Addison Jones, his father, Ada Alice Tuttle, and Helen M. Jones. Types of material include news articles, correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, scrapbooks, and biographical information.

The tenth subseries includes five items relevant to Nellie: an autograph book, a scrapbook, a personal Bible, an award ribbon, and a leather pouch or wallet (unknown origin or ownership).

The final subseries includes photographs of Nellie and those associated with her. They are divided by group photos, photos of her, and photos of others who include Robert Clark Kedzie, Howard Murray Jones, the Fairchilds, and others.

Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at]
Created by: College of Human Ecology
Volume: 3.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 04/04/1989.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into 11 subseries: 1) Nellie Kedzie Jones; 2) Howard Murray Jones; 3) Fairchild family; 4) Abby and Charles Marlatt; 5) Gertrude and Theodore Jessup; 6) Robert Clark Kedzie; 7) Addison Jones; 8) Ada Alice Tuttle; 9) Helen M. Jones; 10) Miscellaneous; 11) Photographs.
Access Restrictions: No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.
Subject Index
Kansas life and culture
Kansas State University history
Kansas State University history - Faculty and staff papers and contributions
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and digitized materials that are online are always available with Internet access.
Acquisition Notes: College of Human Ecology  Donation.
PreferredCitation: [Item title], [item date], College of Human Ecology historical records, Nellie Kedzie Jones series, Box [number], Folder [number], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
Finding Aid Revisions: Student assistant Natalie Smith revised the description and input it in the collection management system in 2017. University archivist Cliff Hight reviewed it the same year.