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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal and Community Materials, 1964-2019

Huston-Tillotson University, 1983-2000, 2012-2017

Austin History Center

Dr. Beulah Agnes Curry Jones Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jones, Beulah Agnes Curry
Title: Dr. Beulah Agnes Curry Jones Papers
Dates: 1964-2019
Dates (Bulk): 1980s-2000s
Abstract: Awards, correspondence, clippings, fliers, programs, photographs, scrapbooks, and audiovisual materials document Dr. Beulah Agnes Curry Jones, an African American musician and teacher, who served as Head of Music for Huston-Tillotson College and has been active in the local music and African American community in Austin, Texas.
Accession number: AR.2020.011
Quantity: 1.8 linear feet (5 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Beulah Agnes Curry Jones is an African American musician and educator who was born in Austin, Texas in April 1933 to Leon Bonner and Beulah M. Thompson. She graduated from the Original L.C. Anderson High School as Class Salutatorian. Her early musical mentors included Virgie Carrington DeWitty at Ebeneezer Baptist Church and B. L. Joyce, the director of the Anderson High School Band. In high school, she was a pianist for the AHS Band, and a member of the choir, the Jackettes, and Ushers.

Dr. Jones earned her B.A. in Music Education from Prairie View A&M, her M.A. from Texas Southern University, and her doctorate in education from the University of Houston. She is Professor Emerita of Fine Arts and former Director of Music at Huston-Tillotson. She began teaching piano, voice, and music education at Huston-Tillotson College in 1969, and also spent 15 years as a music instructor in Austin Independent School District. In 1974, she married her husband Jimmie Lee Jones, a keyboard and saxophone player.

Dr. Jones has served on the Austin Arts Commission, the Ballet Austin Board of Directors, and serves on the Emeritus Board of Texas Music Museum. She has received honors and awards for her music and community work, including Featured Vocalist for the Austin Civic Chorus; the Dr. Lamar Kirven Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas African American Historical Association; and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into two main series documenting Dr. Jones' personal and community-related activities, and records related to her tenure with Huston-Tillotson College. The correspondence dates from 1980-1995 and consists of greeting cards as well as professional correspondence from Pro Arts Collective and writer Marian E. Barnes about music performances and recognition. The documentation of awards consists of a brochure and photograph of the March 1989 Texas Legislative Black Caucus Outstanding Texas Awards Ceremony; a February 1999 photograph of Dr. Jones accepting a Fine Arts Award from the Austin Chapter of Links, Inc.; and a blank 1990 certificate signed by Dr. Jones for participants of the African American Heritage Choir. The collection also contains Beulah M. Thompson’s 1981 Certificate of Appointment to the City of Austin Library Commission. The clippings document a variety of people and events in Austin’s Black community from 1972 and 1985-2019. Many clippings are from The Villager and Nokoa and specifically document Dr. Jones’ activities, including her retirement from Huston-Tillotson College in 2001. Also part of her personal materials are collected postcards, bookmarks, political memorabilia, and sheet music. Of note is a photograph of Dr. Jones with six of her piano students in the 1970s or 1980s. They are crowded around a piano and the students are holding up certificates. The census documents consist of booklets, brochures, and email correspondence.

The materials documenting Community Gatherings and Events consist largely of community programs and fliers dating from 1977-2018. Events/organizations represented in the programs and fliers are: Simpson United Methodist Church, Center for American History, Austin Alumni Chapter of Prairie View A&M University, The Original L. C. Anderson Alumni Association, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, The Black Arts Alliance, East End Soulfest, the Austin Civic Orchestra Society, George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Spectrum Theatre Company, Gary Job Corps Center, Ebenezer (Third) Baptist Church, Central East Austin Community Organization fashion show and art extravaganza, Juneteenth celebrations, National Council of Negro Women, Austin Area Urban League. There are also collected materials from events honoring Barbara Jordan and Martin Luther King, Jr. Programs and choir schedules documenting the Heman Sweatt Symposiums and the DeWitty/Overton Freedom Fund Banquets are also part of the collection. The materials documenting Frederick G. Johnson, Jr. consist of an audiocassette, correspondence, and sheet music. Photos and memorabilia documenting the life and remembrance of Frederick G. Johnson, Sr. (also known as Max Horne) are also included.

Collected fans and funeral programs from 1994-2019 are also in this collection. The funeral programs are for the following persons: Lt. General John Q. Taylor King, Sr., PhD, 1921-2011; Alvin O. Patterson, 1923-2007; Opal M. Seabrook, 1910-1999; John Wesley Jones II, 1958-2019; Melvin A. R. Hammond, Sr., -1994; James Edward Mosby, Jr., 1911-1994; Kenneth LaRue Brown, 1960-2010; Joyce Collins Caldwell, 1932-2018; Lottie Carraway Jones, -1984; Oliva del Carmen Trevino-Johnson, 1942-2007; Milton Campbell, 1934-2005; Major LaVon E. Smith, 1917-2006. There are also two calendars from King-Tears Mortuary and Phillips-Upshaw & Richard Funeral Home. Photographs of events dating from 1988-2006 are also part of the collection and document a Dr. Jones playing piano at a 1992 Links art exhibition; a 1999 Huston-Tillotson Alumni Recognition Ceremony; a 2001 Juneteenth ceremony; patrons of a 1994 Martin Luther King, Jr. play/musical at Paramount; Dr. Jones with Mayor Frank Cooksey at a 1988 event; Dr. Jones with the late Dr. Joseph McMillan at a 1994 event; and a photo of Ruthie DeWitty Waddy, Dr. Jones and Jimmie Jones at the 2006 NAACP banquet.

The Local Organizations, Clubs, and Businesses materials document various organizations that Dr. Jones has been active with. A bulk of the documentation consists of her work with Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center and Texas Music Museum. Also of note are photographs, booklets, and programs documenting Top Ladies of Distinction, Capital City Chapter. The Scrapbooks date from 1973-1993. Some of the textual materials are torn and not legible. Two loose photos from one of the scrapbooks were removed and sleeved and a photocopy of the scrapbook was made on archival paper. The scrapbooks contain correspondence, clippings, programs, and photographs documenting Dr. Jones’ work at Huston-Tillotson and also her local contributions and music achievements. Of special mention is a 1986 letter from Senator Gonzalo Barrientos congratulating Dr. Jones on being honored by the City of Austin for her contributions to Huston-Tillotson and to the city as a whole. Audiovisual Materials consist of audiocassettes and CDs of recorded performances and recitals as well as radio performances.

The Huston-Tillotson series consists of correspondence and documentation of financial gifts to the music department, as well as programs and fliers for events at the college. There are also programs for Huston-Tillotson International Alumni Association events; a National Association of Teachers of Singing membership direcotry; and instructional matierals from a workshop on computer based music instruction. Additionally, there is a collection of student writing from a 1997 creative writing class, and an audiocassette of a 1989 faculty performance.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into two series:


  • Personal and Community Materials
  • Huston-Tillotson University

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Advance notice is required for any audiovisual materials that do not have an access copy already created. Turnaround time for requested access copies will be no less than one week, depending on the number of tapes requested and their duration.

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jones, Beulah Agnes Curry.
Jones, Jimmie Lee, 1927-2020.
Peterson, Marvin Hannibal.
Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996.
Johnson, Frederick Gerald, 1933-2008.
Johnson, Frederick Gerald, Jr.
Thompson, Beulah M., 1913-2006.
Subjects (Organizations)
Huston-Tillotson College.
Huston-Tillotson University.
Texas Music Museum.
Ebenezer Baptist Church (Austin, Tex.).
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Anderson High School (Austin, Tex.).
Top Ladies of Distinction. Capital City Chapter.
Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center (Austin, Tex.).
Subjects
African Americans--Texas--Austin.
Musicians--Texas--Austin.
Cultural arts--Texas--Austin.
African American women singers.
African American musicians.
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Music teachers--Texas--Austin.
African American universities and colleges.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Document Types
Booklets.
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Memorabilia.
Membership lists.
Notes.
Programs.
Color photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Sound cassettes.
Sound discs (CD).
Videocassettes (VHS).

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Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts


Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Jones, Beulah Agnes Curry
  • AF Subject - Huston-Tillotson College H4800
  • AF Subject - African Americans - Sigma Gamma Rho A1300(3)
  • AF Subject - Museums - Texas Music Museum M9100(12)
  • AF Subject - Old Age - Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center O1200(50)
  • AF Subject - Public Schools - High Schools - Anderson (old) (P8620)

General Collection


  • A 976.400496 BA Barnes, Marian E., Black Texans: They Overcame. 1996.
  • A VHS 378.764 HU, Huston-Tillotson College Video Productions Presents Huston-Tillotson College in Musical Concert, April 17, 1994.
  • A 378.764 HU, Huston-Tillotson College: Ten Year Report. 2010.
  • A 976.40074 OWEB, The Dedication Ceremonies of An Historical Marker for Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1010 East 10th Street, Austin, Texas, November 14, 1976, at 12:45 in the Afternoon. 1976.
  • A 286 AU, 1875-1957: Ebenezer (Third) Baptist Church : A Religious Epoch of Four-score and Two Years. 1957.

Periodicals


  • The Ram: Huston-Tillotson College Alumni & Friends Magazine
  • Ramshorn Journal
  • President's Newsletter: Huston-Tillotson College

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Separated Material

Periodicals


  • Nokoa, March 28 - April 3, 2019
  • Nokoa, February 22, 2007
  • The Villager, December 21, 2012
  • Some periodicals were duplicates of issues already in the AHC Periodicals Collection and were returned to donor.

General Collection - Audiovisual Items


  • George Powell & Friends, The Music of My Life. 2010.
  • Huston-Tillotson College, Praise God: Classical Sacred Music, Negro Spirituals, and Contemporary Gospel by the Concert Choir of America's premier Historical Black College and Universities of Texas. 1997.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was given to the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility and later donated to AHC for preservation and access.

Preferred Citation

Dr. Beulah Agnes Curry Jones Papers (AR.2020.011). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2008/042

Donation Date: March 11, 2020

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus and kYmberly Keeton in November 2020.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal and Community Materials, 1964-2019

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1980-1995
2 Awards (#001-002), 1989-1999
Location BoxItem
qAR 087/033 Certificate of Appointment of Beulah M. Thompson to the City of Austin Library Commission, 1981
Box Folder
1 3 Clippings, 1972, 1985-2019
4 Collected postcards and bookmarks, undated
5 Sheet music, undated
6 Photograph with piano students (#003), circa 1970s
7 Political memorabilia, 1991, undated
8 Census materials, 1978-1980, 2000
Community Gatherings and Events, 1968-2019
Box Folder
1 9 Barbara Jordan, 1996, 2002
Box
5 A Barbara Jordan Memorial at Frank C. Erwin Center [VHS], 1996 January 28
Box Folder
1 10 Community programs and fliers, 1977-2018
Location BoxItem
qAR 087/032 Austin Together: A Celebration of Unity, Scott Joplin Community Orchestra [Poster], 1992
Box Folder
1 11 DeWitty/Overton Freedom Fund Banquet Programs, 2009, 2013
12 Heman Sweatt Symposium, 1996
Location BoxItem
qAR 087/032 10th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium [Poster], 1996
Box Folder
1 13 Forum Follies program, 1976
14 Frederick G. Johnson, Jr. recording session, 1996
Box
5 Frederick G. Johnson, Jr. audiocassette, 1996
Box Folder
1 15 Frederick G. Johnson, Sr. (Max Horne) memorabilia and memorial (#004-011), 2008
Box Folder
2 1 Fans, circa 2008, 2019, undated
2 Funeral programs, 1994-2019
3 Hannibal Lokumbe, 1994-2010
Location BoxItem
qAR 081/052 James Weldon Johnson Black Heritage stamps [Poster], 1988
Box Folder
2 4 Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968-1984, 1993-2013
5 Photographs of events (#012-022), 1988, 1992-2006
Local Organizations, Clubs, and Businesses, 1964-1987, 1992-2019
Box Folder
2 6 Austin Chamber Music Center, 1992-1993
7 Carver Theatre schedules, business cards, undated
8 Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 1995-2019
9 Discover Austin, 1996-1997
10 Douglass Club, 2018, undated
11 East Austin Community Federal Credit Union, 1993, 1997
12 Happy Hearts Bridge Club directory, 1980
13 Howson Community Center roster, 2003
14 Musician's Guild, 1964
15 Old Anderson High School reunions, 2012-2014
Sororities, 2001-2006
Box Folder
2 16 Alpha Kappa Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, 2006
17 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Kappa Zeta Chapter, 2001-2003
18 Texas AFL-CIO programs, 1984, 1995
19 Texas Music Museum, 1987, 2002-2007
20 Top Ladies of Distinction, Capital City Chapter (#023-024), 1999, 2006, 2019
Scrapbooks, 1973-1993
Box
4 Photo album/scrapbook, 1973-1986
1 Photocopy of photo album/scrapbook, loose photos, 1973-1986
Box Folder
4 2 Loose items from scrapbook, 1982-1993
3 Loose items from 3 ring binder, 1982-1993
Scrapbook album, 1983-1991
Box Folder
3 8 Scrapbook pages (from binder), 1983-1993
Audiovisual Materials, 1986-1996, 2018
Box
5 KLBJ radio guest recording [Audiocassette], 1989
"Upon this Rock" at Ebenezer Baptist Church [Audiocassette], 1988
Recital at Central Presbyterian Church [Audiocassette], undated
Kirk Whalum [Audiocassette], 1986 January 5
"Merry Christmas to you and yours, Dr. Jones" - E. Marie Gilbert, moderator for "Black Spectrum" KLBJ 590 FM [Audiocassette], 1989 December 10
Blackshear, Campbell, L.C. Anderson, Rosewood [Audiocassette], undated
Aggie [Audiocassette], 1996 June 11-14
"Christmas Show" - Ebenezer Baptist [Compact disc], undated
41st Choir Annual - Wesley United Methodist Church [Compact disc], 2018 September 23
"When Evening Comes" - Dr. James Polk & Company [Compact disc], undated
Untitled [Compact disc], undated

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Huston-Tillotson University, 1983-2000, 2012-2017

Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence, 2000
2 Financial gifts, 1998
3 Programs and fliers, assorted, 1991-2012
4 Huston-Tillotson International Alumni Association, 2014, 2017
5 National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. membership directory, 2000
6 Computer Based Music Instruction workshop, 1983
7 "Pages of Power" by Creative Writing class at Huston-Tillotson, 1997
Box
5 "Faculty Classic" [Audiocassette], 1989 November 24

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