The papers of Carl A. Jones reflect Jones’ significant impact on our region’s social, economic, and political development both personally and as publisher of area newspapers. Through its’ extensive collection of office files, correspondence, historical newspapers, clippings, photographs, awards, and other memorabilia, the papers document much of the 20th century history of the Johnson City area and Tennessee, including local and state politics, elections, government activities, community events, civic and social organizations, and other events either newsworthy or of personal interest to Jones. The collection spans principally the period from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the close of the 20th century.
The life of Carl Jones was intimately connected with the history of the Johnson City newspaper he owned, and this is reflected in the collection, which contains documentation of both Jones’ personal business investments and his involvement in the management and operations of the Johnson City Press. The collection documents Jones’ role as owner of the Johnson City Press and other Tennessee newspapers as well as WETB radio, providing insight on operations of both daily and weekly newspaper publishing and the radio broadcasting industry in Tennessee. Included among Jones’ papers are some related to his father, Carl A. Jones, Sr., documenting the Jones’ family’s early involvement in the Coca-Cola bottling industry in Bristol, Va., though chiefly concerning Carl, Sr.’s death and estate settlement.
Note: In general, for clarity’s sake, when referring to the Johnson City newspaper owned by Carl Jones, the title Johnson City Press is used even when the paper was known as the Johnson City Press-Chronicle.
136.50 linear feet (209 boxes, 5 oversized folders, 4 reel-to-reel audiotapes, 2 audiocassette tapes, 1 16mm film/VHS, 1,495 negatives, 63 slides, 3,897 photographic prints, 12 printing plates)