Scope and Content Note
The Richard P. Jones Papers were donated to the Special Collections unit of the Lakeland Public Library by Jones' widow Alice in the summer of 2004. The papers had been stored in an unventilated commercial storage area for some time before the donation. The collection is generally in fair to good condition, with some items showing the ravages of exposure to the heat and humidity of Central Florida.
Included are architectural plans and drawings for nearly 200 commercial and residential structures, churches, and schools for which Richard P. Jones provided original designs or designs for renovations and additions to existing structures. Also included are the administrative and financial records needed to support the activities of a small architectural firm. Finally, the collection also includes materials documenting Jones' interest in the political and cultural life of his community and his church.
The collection totals 27 linear feet and is organized into five series as follows:
Series I, Commercial Projects
Series II, Residential Projects
Series III, Financial Records
Series IV, Personal Files
Series V, Plans/Drawings.
Series I, Commercial Projects, 1950-1986, documents the more than 150 commercial buildings, churches, and schools for which Jones did the design work. Included are correspondence, reports, proposals, contracts, drawings sketches, invoices, material lists, spread sheets, and photographs.
Series II, Residential Projects, 1959-1985, contains materials relating to the many residential structures in Lakeland and nearby communities for which Jones provided design work. Included are correspondence, contracts, copies of plans and drawings, list of supplies, specifications, invoices and receipts, and photographs.
Series III, Financial Records, 1958-1998, contains records documenting both Jones' business and personal finances. Records documenting the financial activities of his architectural firm include cash journals, check registers, tax returns, general and payroll ledgers for his business, copies of the office leases, and employer wage and tax reports. Also included are materials documenting the disposition of Jones' mother's estate for which he served as executor and financial disclosure forms and financial statement he was required to file as a result of his service in city government.
Series IV, Personal Files, 1939-1998 document his community and church activities, including his campaign for a seat on the Lakeland City Commission and his involvement in the Lakeland Choral Society. Included are correspondence, appointment books, programs, minutes of meetings, certificates, and reports.
Series V, Plans/Drawings, 1958-1986, contains architectural plans and drawings done by Richard Jones for nearly 200 commercial and residential structures, churches, schools, and municipal buildings in Lakeland and surrounding communities.