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Allen Jones photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS451

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of photographs of Allen Oscar Jones, including photos of his childhood, trips to Europe and Texas, Jones with friends and family, as well as class portraits. Locations depicted in the photographs include Lakewood Park, Moreland Elementary School, Little Five Points, Houston and Galveston, Texas, and unspecified locations in Europe. The bulk of the collection is from Jones’ childhood in Atlanta in the 1940s and 1950s.


  • approximately 1940-1980


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

Allen Oscar Jones (1937-2019) was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Oscar (1893-1939) and Grace Jones (1898-1975) and had five older siblings: Ruth Gregory (1919-1982), Vera Rumbley (1921-2008), Fred H. Jones (1923-2004), William K. Jones (1926-1994), and Boyce A. Jones (1930-2013). The family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, during his childhood and lived at 225 Elmyra Place between the Little Five Points and Candler Park neighborhoods. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1960 then served in the United States Air Force Reserve until 1965. Between 1963 and 1965 he served as president and chairman of the Georgia Federation of Young Republicans. He married Helen Suzanne Derrick (1944- ?) in 1968 and they divorced within six months. Afterward, he lived as an openly gay man and had several long-term relationships.

Jones worked in investment banking, real estate development, and financial consulting with groups including the Financial Service Corporation and ARI Consultants. In 1977 he opened Shelly's Bar and Restaurant at Peachtree and 25th Streets, an openly gay establishment. In 1992 he founded the Atlanta Executive Network (later called the Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals), a professional networking organization for the LGBTQ+ community, and served for five years as its first president. Throughout his life, he was active in several charitable organizations that supported individuals living with HIV/AIDS, including Helping Hands of Atlanta, Project Open Hand, Project Outreach, and Jerusalem House.


42 photographic print(s) (39 black and white photographic prints and three color photographic prints)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005

Related Materials

Allen Jones papers, MSS 1105, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history recordings, VIS 178, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history transcriptions, MSS 994, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

Allen Jones photographs
Kathryn Turnbull
June 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305