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Victor W. Jones Papers, 1857-1902: Finding Aid

Published in September 2013

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 366
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Victor W. Jones Papers
  • Dates: 1857-1902
  • Size: 0.06 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 6 folders, 1 oversize folder
  • Creator: Jones, Victor W.
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Victor W. Jones was an officer in the United States Navy during and shortly after the Civil War. The Victor W. Jones Papers cover the period 1857 through 1902 and consist primarily of formal papers regarding Jones' career in the United States Navy and the post-retirement attempts by Jones and family members to collect a disability pension and monies.

Biography of Victor W. Jones

Victor W. Jones was born in Connecticut. In 1857, Jones was the Master of the Ashland, a schooner out of New Haven. He served in the United States Navy as a Mate (appointed January 1862) and as an Acting Ensign (appointed September 1863) and was honorably discharged, 10 November 1868. During his U.S. Navy career, Jones served with the Ethan Allen (Bark), St. Lawrence (Frigate), the Pensacola (Screw steamer) and the Navy Yard, Boston, circa 1862 to 1868.

While employed at the Boston Navy Yard, Jones became seriously ill and would base a later disability pension claim on this illness. The claim was denied on the grounds that his disability was due to vicious habits. Jones died sometime between 1896 and 1900 and was survived by his wife Sara J. Jones.

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Description of Contents

The Victor W. Jones Papers cover the period 1857 through 1902 and consist primarily of formal papers regarding Jones' career in the United States Navy and the post-retirement attempts by Jones and family members to collect a disability pension and monies.

Included in the collection are orders, correspondence, pension forms, song lyrics, and one 1857 document relating to Jones' civilian work as Master of the schooner Ashland.

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The Victor W. Jones Papers are arranged chronologically.

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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Victor W. Jones Papers are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts & Archives in 1999. Accession No. 00-29.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Victor W. Jones' military personnel files may be available at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Victor W. Jones Papers, MS 366

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003 and edited by David D'Onofrio in September 2013.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

  • Ashland (Schooner)
  • Jones, Victor W.
  • Military pensions -- United States
  • Model (Ship)
  • Quaker City (Ship)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval operations

Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Forms (documents)
  • Manuscripts
  • Orders (military records)
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Contents List

Drawer MSOS Folder 1

Victor W. Jones Papers, 1857

Consists of a contract for a cruise of the schooner Ashland between New Haven and Puerto Rico.

Box 1 Folder 1

Victor W. Jones Papers, 1862-1863

Includes instructions to U.S.S. Quaker City for the handling of the prize Model, as well as orders to report to U.S.S. Savannah and the West Gulf Blockading Squadron.

Box 1 Folder 2

Victor W. Jones Papers, 1866, 1868

Includes copies of Navy Department General Orders 75 and 77-79, a request for leave, and a Pension Office information card.

Box 1 Folder 3

Victor W. Jones Papers, 1876, 1879

Includes a statement regarding Jones' health while at the Boston Navy Yard and a cover letter for three affidavits regarding Jones' pension claim.

Box 1 Folder 4

Victor W. Jones Papers, 1895-1902

Documents pertaining to Jones' pension claims, including a letter from Senator Henry Cabot Lodge.

Box 1 Folder 5

Victor W. Jones Papers, undated

Handwritten lyrics to I Cannot Sing the Old Songs.

Box 1 Folder 6

Victor W. Jones Papers - Envelopes, 1865-1902

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