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Ann Jones Papers

Identifier: COU:888

Scope and Contents

The Ann Jones Collection includes numerous original sketches and watercolors of the Suzy Schoolmarm Cartoon (1945-6). Suzy Schoolmarm Cartoon Christmas cards which were sent to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Barker and other friends (1930-85) are also included. Another interesting part of the small collection are small watercolor designs for the Boulder Theater play "Hedda Gabler" (no date). Newspaper clippings and obituaries on Ann Jones life are also included (1957-89). Articles on Jones achievements with the Boulder Artists Guild can be found in the Boulder Artists Guild Collection, oversize boxes 1 and 2. Jones correspondence with CU President Robert Stearns can be found with the Robert Stearns Collection, box 20, folder 10, and book two of that box. Correspondence includes Suzy Schoolmarm cartoon cards and watercolors. Jones can also be seen in "Who's Who of American Women" and "Who's Who in the West". The majority of the works by Jones were given to her family following her death. This collection was donated by friends of Ann Jones.


  • 1930 - 1989

Biographical / Historical

Ann Jones (1905-1989) was educated at Colorado State College, now University of Northern Colorado, at Greeley, where she received her BA in 1937. Following graduation, she taught art at the high school level in Iowa. Ms. Jones then taught for Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She then returned to Greeley to receive her MA in 1942. After teaching briefly at Montana State College in Bozeman, Jones accepted a teaching position at CU in the Fine Arts Department in 1943.

As a professor, Ann Jones contributed to the growth of the Fine Arts Department at CU. Jones first started by teaching watercolor, ceramics and graphic design. Jones also received recognition for introducing pottery as a course and in establishing the first pottery lab at CU. In 1947 Jones was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1947, and then Full Professor in 1966. She also received recognition for her work through “Who’s Who of American Women” and “Who’s Who in the West.” For her artwork outside the classroom Jones received numerous awards for her artwork.

During her career at CU until retirement in 1973, Jones was very active in numerous organizations. These organizations included Delta Phi Delta (a national honorary art sorority), The State Art Education Group, The Council for Art Education, The Art Alliance and The Boulder Artists Guild. Jones also served the following positions: Chair of the Art Education Department, a member of the board of directors of the Faulty Club and a member of Fine Arts Graduate Committee.

Besides her achievements, Jones was also known for her light hearted humor shown through her Suzy Schoolmarm cartoons. Jones sent friends and colleagues these cartoons in greeting cards and notes. CU President Robert Stearns (1939-53) was one of the colleagues who maintained a correspondence with Jones.

Jones last years teaching at CU were kept busy by her participation in many social activities. She modeled in the Faculty Women Fashion Show and served on the jury of 'Scholastic' art contest for high school art students. Jones retired in 1973.

After retirement Jones remained highly involved with local artists through Boulder Art Guild and numerous other activities. Jones took adult art classes through CU and drew nursery rhyme characters for children's books. Jones never married, and died at the age of 84 in 1989.


3 linear feet (1 box)

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Ann Jones (1905-1989) was educated at Colorado State College at Greeley (B.A., 1937; M.A., 1942) and joined the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Colorado in 1943. She became a Full Professor in 1966 and taught at CU until she retired in 1973, Professor Jones was instrumental in both introducing pottery as a course and establishing the first pottery lab. She was active in the Boulder Artists' Guild, serving once as president. Her paintings and pottery were widely exhibited in Colorado. The collection includes drawings and Christmas cards sent to her friend, Victoria S. Barker along with stage designs and articles about Jones.


This collection is arranged into the following series: ANN JONES MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS OVERSIZE ORIGINAL DRAWING

Processed by: Jennifer Sightler, 1999 Edited by: Sandra Asante,2012
December 19, 2012
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Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States