Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University
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Thomas R. Jones Collection
Thomas R. Jones Collection,
Jones, Thomas Robert.
.5 cubic foot (in 1 box)
Collection of materials about Jones and materials derived from his book.
Language: The material is in English
Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Access and Use
Thomas R. Jones Collection is open for research.
In 2004, the autobiography was in the process of being published by Jones’ widow Ruth Jones.
Thonas R. Jones Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
The collection is organized alphabetically.
Thomas R. Jones was born on May 7, 1945, the son of Robert W. and Lucile (Brooks) Jones. He grew up in Farwell, Michigan, and graduated from Farwell High School in May 1963.
After graduating from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 1968, he earned a Master’s degree in Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas (Texas). Rev. Jones served churches in East Texas and in North Adams, Jerome, and Horton, Michigan. He was the director of the Wesley Foundation at CMU, 1978-1992. Also, Rev. Jones served as the part-time pastor of the Leaton United Methodist Church.
Rev. Jones was active in civil rights, the peace movement and organic farming. He led many work camps to help people in the United States, the Caribbean and Central America.
In 1998 he published his book, (A) Non-violent revelation to John, which was made into a chancel play for St. John’s Episcopal Church (Mount Pleasant, Michigan).
He particularly enjoyed music, the arts and world travel.
Rev. Jones married Ruth Donan, who also graduated from CMU in 1968, in August of 1968.
On November 4, 2003 Rev. Jones passed away suddenly in Phoenix, Arizona. His funeral service was held on November 8, 2003 at the First United Methodist Church (Mount Pleasant, Michigan). He was survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter Sarah Jane Jones, son, Michael Ellis Jones, siblings, and three grandchildren. (This information is from the collection.)
Collection Scope and Content Note
The collection includes Biographical Information: his obituary (copy), autobiography, and memorial service programs and video; and materials related to the chancel play derived from his book (A) Non-violent revelation to John, (copies of which are available in the CMU Libraries).
Of particular interest to CMU students will be his autobiography which documents how the increasing racial violence and numbers of murders, particularly those of Robert and President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., affected him. He also details incidents of racism against African-Americans in Mount Pleasant and CMU and the efforts of CMU students and Father John Goodrow of St. John’s Episcopal Church to work towards positive integration and changes at CMU and in Mount Pleasant.
- Jones, Thomas Robert.
- Goodrow, John H., Rev., d. 1985.
- Packer, Matthew J.
- St. John's Episcopal Church (Mount Pleasant, Mich.)
- Central Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
- Bible, N.T. Revelation--Study and teaching.
- Bible, N.T. Revelation--Drama.
- Michigan authors.
- Violence in the Bible.
- Peace movements--United States--History--20th century.
- Pacifists--United States--History--20th century.
- Political activists--United States--History--20th century.
- Political activists--Biography.
- United States--Politics and government--1963-1969.
- United States--Politics and government--1969-1974.
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Thonas R. Jones Collection. [series]:
Autobiography, circa 2003
Obituary (copy), November 7, 2003
‘(A) Revelation to John’- - A Chancel Play, Audition Form; Ed Barth’s Rules; Script and Music (Working Draft), November 1999
‘(A) Revelation to John’- - A Chancel Play, Original Music Score, by Matthew J. Packer, November 1999
‘(A) Revelation to John’- - A Chancel Play, Program (3 copies), Tickets, November 1999
‘(A) Service of Praise and Memory, Rev. Thomas R. Jones, Funeral Programs (3 copies), November 8, 2003
‘(A) Service of Praise and Memory, Rev. Thomas R. Jones, Video, November 8, 2003