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Harold Jones papers

Identifier: AG 67

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into eleven series: Biographical materials, 1940’s-2000’s; Correspondence and Postcards, 1965-2013; Publications and Exhibitions; Activity Files; University of Arizona Photography Program; LIGHT Gallery, 1971-1997; Center for Creative Photography, Photography Career; Audiovisual Materials; Memorabilia; Photographic Materials. Correspondence, photographs and audiovisual materials are scattered throughout the collection. Donation of materials is ongoing

The first series, Biographical Materials, 1940’s-2000’s, consists of personal documents, resumes, school materials, dissertation, NEA grant papers, wedding announcement, selfportraits, snapshots of family and friends, portraits of Jones, photographs of Jones in and with his photography class, appointment calendars, and memorabilia originally on a bulletin board in Jones’s Tucson residence, and photographs of his darkroom walls 1975-1997. It was HHJ tradition to invite his friends to sign the darkroom.

The second series, Correspondence and Postcards, 1965-2013, includes personal correspondence with notable photographers, birthday cards, materials related to the Harold Jones distinguished Alumni Award, and a dozens of postcards arranged in his own subject categories and two binders containing 311 postcards collected by HHJ.

The third series, Publications and Exhibitions 1960’s-2012, consists of materials related to publications and exhibitions of HHJ and others. Included also are catalogs, periodicals, newspaper clippings, and unpublished writings by Jones and others.

The fourth series, Activity Files, 1970’s-2000’s, includes five subseries relating to Jones’ photography career, and various activities and programs in the photographic community, including the University of Arizona Photography program, LIGHT Gallery, and Center for Creative Photography.

The first subseries consists of papers related to a variety of Jones’s pursuits, including Society for Photographic Education papers, 1972-79, interviews, video projects, photography portfolio, lectures, and papers for an unpublished Anthology book project by Jones from the 1970’s.

The second subseries under Activity Files, University of Arizona Photography Program 1980’s-2005, include materials related to Jones’s teaching, program curriculum, program, scholarship established, photography program alumni files, and Todd Walker memorial service.

The third subseries, LIGHT Gallery files, 1971-1990’s, bulk, 1970’s, includes correspondence, brochures, reviews, clippings, announcements, History of Photography calendars, floor plan, photographs and installation views of gallery, and event photographs, including the 20th and 25th anniversary celebrations, and documents related to HHJ’s New York City apartment and photo income.

Of special note:

1972 Market Diner Bash poster produced by Neil Slavin and A.D. Coleman. Included is a reproduction of the original group photograph annotated with an identity map; a who’s who of the New York City photography scene in 1972.

Hand Book, a large album containing individual pages for artists exhibiting at LIGHT 1972-74. Each artist is represented with a snapshot, an autograph, and a pencil or pen tracing around their hand, and some with annotations and added ephemera.

LIGHT Gallery Album, containing announcements for all the exhibitions curated by HHJ while director of LIGHT, 1971-75. This album serves as an index to the exhibition record of LIGHT.

Hand Book, created ca. 1996-97 containing photographs and memorabilia of the 25th anniversary of LIGHT.

The fourth subseries, Center for Creative Photography Files, 1973-1980’s, letters, documents and clippings related to the birth of CCP and the hiring of HHJ.

The fifth series, Audiovisual Materials, 1970’s-2012, contains videocassettes, CD’s, audio tape reels, in various formats, made by and about HHJ.

The sixth series, Memorabilia, 1970-2013, contains gifts and mementos of various occasions including photographs and awards.

The seventh series, Photographic Materials, 1970’s-1980’s, consists of 35mm transparencies taken at Jones’s photography classes, and gatherings of students, former students and faculty in class, at potlucks, pool parties, and workshops. Of note is two 4x5” negatives of Bill Jay in his ASU office


  • circa 1940s-2000s


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

To access materials from this collection, please contact

Some activity files relating to the University of Arizona Photography Program are restricted. There are also restricted materials in the Memorabilia series. Please see archivist for details.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Harold Jones (1940-), the first director of the Center for Creative Photography, has made contributions to the field of photography as an educator, scholar, critic, museum curator, photographer, and gallery director.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, his undergraduate training was in painting and photography. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1965 and an MFA in 1971 from the University of New Mexico. Throughout his career he has been interested in both the history and practice of photography.

He began his career in 1969 as an assistant curator at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. He left in 1971 to become the director of LIGHT Gallery in New York City, the first gallery to exclusively represent and exhibit contemporary photographers. In 1975 Jones moved to Tucson, Arizona to become the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. He left the position in 1977 to head the Photography department at the University of Arizona. From 1977 to 1981 he was an Assistant Professor of Art; 1981-1993 an Associate Professor of Art; and in 1993 he became Professor of Art. He retired from the University of Arizona in 2005. He is currently the volunteer Coordinator of the Voices of Photography oral history project for the Center for Creative Photography.

Jones has had numerous individual exhibitions and group exhibitions of his photographs. His work is in the collections of prominent museums in the United States and Canada.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

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Biographical materials, correspondence, portraits, business files, subject and exhibition files, printed materials, audiovisual materials, and miscellaneous documentation, 1940s – 2010, of Harold Jones (1940 -), photographer, curator, educator, and founding director of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. The collection documents Jones’ student years at the University of New Mexico, his professional life at George Eastman House, LIGHT Gallery, the Center for Creative Photography, and the University of Arizona Photography Department.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1940s-2000s, 6 boxes
  2. Series 2: Correspondence and Postcards, 1965-2013, 12 boxes
  3. Series 3: Publications and Exhibitions, circa 1960s-2012, 3 boxes
  4. Series 4: Activity Files, circa 1970s-2000s, 15 boxes
  5. Subseries 1: Miscellaneous Activity Files, circa 1970s – 2008, 1 box
  6. Subseries 2: University of Arizona Photography Program, 1980s – 2005, 9 boxes
  7. Subseries 3: LIGHT Gallery Files, 1971 – circa 1990s, 5 boxes
  8. Subseries 4: Center for Creative Photography Files, 1973 – circa 1980s, 1 box
  9. Series 5: Memorabilia, 1970 – 2013, 3 boxes
  10. Series 6: Audiovisual Materials, circa 1970s – 2012, 1 box
  11. Series 7: Photographic Materials, circa 1970s – 1980s, 3 boxes

Custodial History

Gift of Harold Jones. Jones began making donations to this collection in 1980. An agreement between Jones and CCP was signed in 2009 solidifying the contents of the archival and print collections. Donations are ongoing.


Accruals are received on a regular basis, and are added at the end of each series.

Processing Information

Harold Jones and Amy Rule organized the biographical, correspondence, and activity files during November – December, 2009. In subsequent years, Leslie Squyres processed accruals. In 2014, Ann Richwine processed additional accruals and completed the finding aid. The finding aid was updated by Leslie Squyres and Alexis Peregoy in 2017. Alexis Peregoy processed an accrual and updated the finding aid in February, 2018.

Harold Jones papers, circa 1940s-2000s
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States