Title: Hugh Bolton Jones letters
Call Number: Coll020
Creator: Jones, Hugh Bolton, 1823?-
Dates: 1880-1881
Size: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: A collection of letters addressed to Hugh Bolton Jones, father of a Maryland landscape painter who bore the same name. The most frequent correspondents are his wife Laura, his daughter Louise, and his son also named Hugh Bolton Jones. There are also several letters from Jones's business acquaintances. Because both father and son shared a name it is unclear at times who is being addressed, but the majority of the letters were intended for the senior Hugh Bolton Jones. Includes letters with envelopes and some envelopes without accompanying letters.
Citation: Hugh Bolton Jones letters, Collection 20, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

Born circa 1823, Hugh Bolton Jones was the father of the well-known Maryland landscape painter, Hugh Bolton Jones (1848-1927), Francis and Louise. He was married to Laura Jones. The senior Jones resided in Baltimore, at least during the early 1880s.

Scope & Content


Arranged chronologically. Letters that do not clearly list a year are filed at the end of the collection.


The Hugh Bolton Jones letters range in date from 1880 to 1881, with three undated items. This collection of correspondence includes 20 letters with envelopes and 6 envelopes without accompanying letters, comprising .5 linear feet.

The collection contains the correspondence of Hugh Bolton Jones or his wife, Laura, from their children, relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Envelopes are addressed to Hugh Bolton Jones. Those who corresponded with Jones include Hugh Bolton Jones, their son; Louise, their daughter; Lydia A. Hamilton, a relative; [Hank] Jones, Hugh Bolton Jones' brother; Joseph F. Foreman; Francis A. Crook; and E.M. Stephenson.

The content of the letters includes personal correspondence and business relationships. Several of the letters reference an exchange of money. The bulk of the letters, however, are the private mail between child and parent. Four letters from Hugh Bolton Jones to his father include his signature, "H. Bolton Jones."

One letter in particular seems to have been written to the son, who was a well-known Maryland landscape painter; this letter describes an acquaintance's visit to a French Salon show, including descriptions of paintings by Jones and several other painters.

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased using funds from the Joseph L. Arnold Library Endowment in April 2008 from M Benjamin Katz Fine Books/Manuscripts.

Related Collections

"Port Avon" (1878), "Morning on the Severn River" (1873), "A Quiet Morning" (1873), "Twilight on Bear Creek, Baltimore County" (1874), and "Near Union Bridge, Carroll County" (1873) by Hugh Bolton Jones, John William McCoy Collection, George Peabody Library, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).

"Landscape with Ducks," "Landscape," and "Autumn Landscape near Barrington, Vt." by Hugh Bolton Jones, Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, MD).

Processing Note

The letters arrived were removed from their original envelopes, unfolded, and foldered with the accompanying envelope. Folders are arranged chronologically. Digitization of the collection was completed in June 2014 and was funded by a researcher.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.

Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding aid available.

Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll020.php

Access Conditions

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research puporses. Copyright maintained by creator. Reproduction fees should be discussed with the Curator.

Subject Headings


Jones, Hugh Bolton, 1823?-

Jones, Laura

Jones, Hugh Bolton, 1848-1927


Landscape paintings



Baltimore (Md.)

Series Description & Container List

  1. Series I. Hugh Bolton Jones letters

    Date: 1880-1881

    Extent: 1 box (.5 linear feet)

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      May 1, 1880: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 1

      Digital file available

      May 15, 1880: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 2

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      [May 20, 1880]: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 3

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      [May 22, 1880]: Envelope 1880 1 4

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      August 31, 1880: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 5

      Digital file available

      September 3, 1880: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 6

      Digital file available

      October 8, 1880: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 7

      Digital file available

      October 8, 1880: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 8

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      October 13, 1880: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 9

      Digital file available

      [November 18, 1880]: Envelope 1880 1 10

      Digital file available

      [November 26, 1880]: Letter and Envelope 1880 1 11

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      [April 11, 1881]: Envelope 1881 1 12

      Digital file available

      April 12, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 13

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      [April 16, 1881]: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 14

      Digital file available

      [June 7, 1881]: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 15

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      June 11, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 16

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      June 20, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 17

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      June 24, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 18

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      August 23, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 19

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      October 4, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 20

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      [October 14, 1881]: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 21

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      October 6, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 22

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      October 24, 1881: Letter and Envelope 1881 1 23

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      April 11, (no year): Envelope undated 1 24

      Digital file available

      [June 29, ?]: Envelope undated 1 25

      Digital file available

      December 2, (no year): Letter and Envelope undated 1 26

      Digital file available

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