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Bobby Jones papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Jones, Bobby, 1902-1971
Creator: Jones, Mary Malone, 1902-1975
Title: Bobby Jones papers
Dates: 1924-1990, undated
Quantity: 3.25 linear ft. (three document cases and ten oversize folders)
Identification: ahc.MSS836

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert (Bobby) Tyre Jones, Jr. (1902-1971) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Robert Purmedus Jones (1879-1956) and Clara Thomas (1880-1961). He began to play golf at six years old and to participate in amateur competitions at 14. He earned an engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1922 and a literature degree from Harvard in 1924, and then went to Emory University Law School in 1926. In 1924, he married Mary Rice Malone (1902-1975) and they had three children, Clara Malone (1925–1994), Robert Tyre III (1926–1973), and Mary Ellen (1931-1977). During his 14 year career as an amateur competitor, Jones played in 52 tournaments, including 31 majors, 13 of which he won. In 1930 he won the first (and so far only) Grand Slam, winning the British Amateur, the British Open, the U.S. Open, and the U.S. Amateur within a year. Shortly afterward, Jones retired from competitive golf to practice law at his father's firm, Jones, Evins, Moore and Powell, but continued his interest in golf by writing books and producing 18 short instruction films. Jones opened the Augusta National Golf Club in 1933; a year later, the club hosted the first Masters Tournament. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1974, three years after his death, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.


Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Bobby Jones's golf career and legacy. Material includes articles and periodicals, pamphlets, golf tournament programs, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Many clippings are obituaries and memoriams in Jones's honor. In addition, the collection contains correspondence, primarily letters of condolence written to Mary Malone Jones, and donations in Bobby Jones's name. Of particular note is a letter written by Bobby Jones and sent to General Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 15, 1953. Other items include Jones family history and ephemera and material relating to Jones's legal career.


Index Terms

Augusta National Golf Club.
Golf Courses--England
Golf Courses--Scotland
Golf--Georgia
Jones, Bobby, 1902-1971
Masters Golf Tournament.
Ryder Cup (Golf tournament).
Yates, Charles R. (Charles Richardson)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

An audio recording of Jones's memorial service at Holy Trinity, St. Andrews is on a 7in 3M magnetic tape. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bobby Jones papers, MSS 836, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2016.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Related Material

Bobby Jones visual arts collection, VIS 227, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center.


Container List

 

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11 17th Ryder Cup Golf Matches program, 1967 October
 
2 75th U.S. Open: Diamond Jubilee edition, 1975 June
 
3 80th Annual Report of the Executive Committee, The United States Golf Association, 1974
 
4 1969 U.S. Open Championship, Champions Golf Club Houston, Texas program, 1969
 
5 Annual Awards Banquet State of Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame, Bobby Jones induction, 1964 Febuary 15
 
6"The Basic Golf Swing" by Bobby Jones, Golf Digest, 1969 August
 
7"Bob Jones...Tech's Most Illustrious Graduate", Georgia Tech vs. Tulane University football program, 1972 October 28
 

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Audio VisualBobby Jones memorial service, Holy Trinity, St. Andrews, 1974 September 15
 
8 Boss Emeritus, recognition to Robert W. Woodruff, 1985 March
 
9"A Champion of Champions - Bobby Jones...", Canadian Golfer, 1927 July
 
10"The Classic that Jones had Built: the Masters;" "The Jones Hand Will Always be Felt," by Dick Taylor, Golf World Newsweekly, 1972 April 4
 
11Condolence letters to Mary Jones, 1971, undated
 
12Condolence letters to Mary Jones, 1971, undated
 
13Condolence letters to Mary Jones, 1972-1975, undated
 
14Condolence telegrams to Mary Jones, 1971
 
15Correspondence, Bobby Jones, 1924-1969, undated
 
16Correspondence, Jones family, 1950-1977, undated
 
17 The Decorators' Show House, Windcrafte, the Robert Winship Woodruff Home, 1990
 

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21Donations in Jones' name, 1971, undated
 
2Donations in Jones' name, 1971-1972, undated
 
3"The Dynamics of the Golf Swing" by D. Williams, reprint from Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, 1967 May
 
4 Fifteenth Biennial British-American Ryder Cup Golf Matches program, 1963 October
 
5Financial ephemera, 1965-1969
 
6 Golf Digest, 1964 April
 
7 Golf, Grand Slam commemorative issue, 1965 August
 
8 Golf Magazine, Robert T. Jones, Jr. (personal copy of Robert Tyre Jones, III), 1972 April
 
9 Golf World, cover photo of Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus, 1963 April 12
 
10 How to Play the Old Course, St. Andrews and All About It, 2nd edition, undated
 
11Jones family cards, undated
 
12Jones family history, undated
 

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1213Magazine clippings, 1954-1979
 
14 Martini Golf Course Charts of Famous British Golf Courses, undated
 
15Memorials and memorabilia in honor of Bobby Jones, 1972-1983, undated
 

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31 The Metropolitan Opera, 1978
 
2Newspaper clippings, 1926-1971
 
3Newspaper clippings, 1972-1990, undated
 
4 Outdoors in Georgia, 1979 April
 
5 Portraits: Early Members of Augusta National Golf Club, 1962
 
6 Presenting a Pictorial History of August Georgia, awarded to Mrs. Robert Jones, 1974
 
7Proclamation by the governor of Georgia designating September 27, 1980 as a day to honor Bobby Jones, 1980 September 28
 
8Proclamation by the mayor of Atlanta declaring September 27, 1980 as "Bobby Jones Day," U. S. Golf Association Fifty-ninth Open championship program, undated
 
9 Profile of Bobby Jones from the annual awards banquet, State of Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame, 1964 February 15
 
10 Royal and Ancient Game of Golf: A Golf Diary of 72 Years by Robert E. Hunter, undated
 
11 The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, report, 1948
 
12"Son of Grand Slammer Happy to be Businessman Golfer", Golf World, 1964 December 4
 
13"The Sporting Scene (Golf) - Mainly about Jones" by Herbert Warren Wind, The New Yorker, 1972 April 29
 
14"The Sporting Scene - A New Fifteenth and the Old Caspar," The New Yorker, 1970 May 2
 
15 Story of the Wallasey Golf Club, 1891-1953 by William Duncan Taylor, 1953
 
16"Thinking and Swinging" by Bobby Jones, Golf Digest, 1964 April
 
17 Time, Special 1776 Issue, 1975
 
18 U.S. Golf Association Fifty-ninth Open championship Program, 1959 June
 
19 U. S. Golf Association Sixty-third Open Championship Program, June 1963
 
20"A Visit with 'Mr. Masters,' Bobby Jones," Georgia Golf, 1966 April
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.21Oversize clippings, 1961-1979
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.22Oversize clippings, 1978-1995, undated
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.23Oversize clippings, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1919-1989, undated
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.24Oversize clippings, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1971
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.25Oversize clippings, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1976-1977
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.26Oversize clippings, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1978
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.27Oversize clippings, Sunday Chronicle, 1971-1972
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.28Poem and letters with clippings, 1972-1991, undated
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.29Scroll awarded to Robert Tyre Jones from the Royal Burgess of St. Andrews, 19 October 1958
 

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MSS OS box 1.290.210"Yates wins British Title," Atlanta Georgian, 28 May 1928; "Bobby Jones Receives Gold Key to Home City," New York Times, 20 July 1930