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Guide to the Geraldine McGrady Jones Collection
MSS-2007-11-18  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Personal History
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Geraldine McGrady Jones Collection
    Dates: 1870-1947
    Bulk Dates: 1900-1930
    Collection number: MSS-2007-11-18
    Creator: San Jose State University
    Collection Size: 1 box, .21 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The Geraldine McGrady Jones Collection is a small 20th century family collection that documents ordinary family life in Los Gatos, California. This collection consists of typed and handwritten creative writing works by Geraldine McGrady Jones, family photographs, a collection of digitized photographs and an informal oral history interview with the two surviving daughters, Geraldine (Gerri) Peters and Betty Emrett.
    Physical location: Vault 1, Range 21A
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    Geraldine McGrady Jones Collection, MSS-2007-11-18, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed and finding aid EAD encoded by R. Schuyler Selden. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Personal History

    Geraldine McGrady Jones (1892-1952) was born in San Francisco and five years later moved with her family to Los Gatos. She attended the San Jose Normal School where she graduated in 1914, after which she worked as a school teacher at the Wright's Station School in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was there that she met her husband William 'Billy' Jones who worked as an engineer for the Union Pacific railroad. The couple lived in converted boxcars for the first several years of their marriage and eventually settled in Los Gatos where they raised their four children Betty ,Geraldine, Robert and Neal. Geraldine Jones recorded vignettes of her family life in the form of short stories and poems, several of theses poems honor her sons' sacrifices and commitment in World War II; both were killed in the war. Following World War II, Geraldine Jones worked as an aid in the San Jose Hospital and the Dibble Hospital in Menlo Park.
    William 'Billy' Jones became a popular local figure after installing a small gauge railroad called 'the Wildcat Railroad' in 1943, on his Los Gatos property. The railroad became a popular amusement for local children. The popularity of this small gauge railroad attracted the attention of Walt Disney who later consulted with Billy Jones during the construction of the train system in Disneyland in Anaheim California. The Billy Jones Railroad remains a popular attraction in the Vasona Regional Park.

    Bibliography

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jpd51mar11/lynn/pafg07.htm

    Related Material

    Railroads of Los Gatos. Edited by Edward Kelley with Peggy Conaway. Charleston, SC, Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
    Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel, Los Gatos, California. http://www.bjwrr.org/
    Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and W.E. Mason Carousel Los Gatos California http://www.los-gatos.ca.us/los_gatos/parks_and_rec/billy_jones_rr/billyjones.html

    Scope and Content

    The Geraldine McGrady Jones Collection is a small family 20th century collection that documents ordinary family life in Los Gatos, California. This collection consists of typed and handwritten creative writing works by Geraldine McGrady Jones, family photographs, a collection of digitized photographs and an informal oral history interview with the two surviving daughters, Geraldine (Gerri) Peters and Betty Emrett.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into one series: Geraldine McGrady Jones Collection, 1870-1947 (bulk 1900-1930)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Los Gatos -- (Calif.) -- History
    Los Gatos (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
    Railroads -- California -- Los Gatos -- History