The Papers of Dennis Jones, 1968-1990 | Luther College Archives

Collection Overview

Title: The Papers of Dennis Jones, 1968-1990Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1968-1987

ID: LCA/RG15/Jones, D

Primary Creator: Jones, Dennis (1932-1990)

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet. More info below.


This collection is arranged into four series:

1.  Biographical Files (1990)

2.  Correspondence Files (1969-1975)

3.  Minority Student Task Force Records (1986-1987)

4.  Subject Files (1968-1974)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains materials related to Luther College English professor Dennis M. Jones who was instrumental in developing the Black Studies program and supported the Black Studies Department (now Africana Studies Department).  Included are records related to the Black Studies department, the Black Student Union, correspondence with fellow professor Joseph Langland, and a eulogy given by President E. D. Farwell.

Biographical Note

A native Texan, Dennis M. Jones came to Luther in 1965 after earning his B.A. from Baylor University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Early in his distinguished career at Luther College, Dennis Jones was awarded a postdoctoral Danforth Fellowship in Afro-American Studies at Yale University for 1969-70. He was instrumental in developing the Black Studies Program and was a strong supporter of the Black Studies Department, now called the Africana Studies Department. He taught a variety of courses in American, African, African-American, and British literature. As an exchange professor in 1984-85, Professor Jones taught the English course at the District Hogskole (liberal arts college) and the Laerarhogskole (teachers' college) in Stavanger, Norway. In the summer of 1989, just two months after being honored at Luther for completing twenty-five years of teaching, he died very suddenly of a heart attack while leading a walking tour of Norway with his wife Beth and some friends. A thoughtful person, dedicated teacher, helpful colleague, and jovial friend, Dennis is still missed at the College. In the early 1990s, the NEH gave Luther College a $150,000 challenge grant for a distinguished teaching professorship in the humanities. Since Dennis Jones had written or supported several NEH grants for humanities education, the endowed professorship was named in his honor.

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 boxes

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Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: Dennis Jones Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Finding Aid Revision History:

Original finding aid written during the 1990s. Formatted for Archon July 2012.

11/19/19: EC updated the preferred citation.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical Files, 1990],
[Series 2: Correspondence Files, 1969-1975],
[Series 3: Minority Student Task Force Records, 1986-1987],
[Series 4: Subject Files, 1968-1974],

Series 4: Subject Files, 1968-1974Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: Teacher Certification File, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Final Exam Cancellation File, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Black Studies Department Formation file, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Black and White Student Relations file, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Black Student Union file, 1968Add to your cart.