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William Paul Jones album

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0167

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one bound, hand-written album of William Paul Jones. Precise dates cannot be determined from the album. Entries are signed with month (September to February) and day, but the years have been removed. The album pages are printed with small, neoclassical illustrations at the top. It contains messages and poetry written by Jones's friends when he was preparing to begin a life at sea. The album was "dedicated" by Jones's "respected friend," James Reese, who wrote a passage on friendship. A poem written by Joseph Pinkney referred to "a sailor's lonely situation." A final entry bears the initials "S.A.L.," and alludes to the risks of a mariner's life.


  • Creation: approximately 1820s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Presumably, William Paul Jones lived in Baltimore in the 1820s. Internal evidence from the album indicates that he planned to leave the city for a career at sea. No other biographical informaiton has been found.


0.167 Cubic Feet

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William Paul Jones is presumed to have lived in Baltimore in the 1820s. The album (approximately 1820s) consists of messages and poetry written by Jones's friends when he was preparing to begin a life at sea.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The album was a gift to the university from Elizabeth C. Williams, July 20, 1944.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in June 1990.

Liz Beckman revised the Immediate Source of Acquisition in this finding aid in November 2023 to bring it into compliance with Johns Hopkins guidelines for inclusive and conscientious description (2023).The previous version of the finding aid is available upon request.

William Paul Jones album
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA