Catalogue of the papers of Sir Clement Jones

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Marion Lowman

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Table of Contents

A   Work papers 1902-1963
B   Books, articles, speeches and broadcasts 1910-c.1960
C   Personal papers 1824-1963
D   Photographs c.1854-c.1959

Papers of Sir Clement Jones


Correspondence and papers of Sir Clement Jones (1880-1963), public servant.

Extent: 1.8 Linear metres, 12 shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Biographical History

Sir Clement Wakefield Jones was born in 1880 in Westmorland, England, and educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined Alfred Booth and Company (merchants and shipowners) in 1902, working in the Company's offices in both New York and Liverpool (he became a Director of the Booth Steamship Company in 1910). In 1912 he joined the Board of the Sea Life Insurance Company.

On the outbreak of the First World War, Jones joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers (4th Battalion) and served with them during the Dardanelles Campaign. In 1915 (October-December) he was appointed Secretary to the Mediterranean Transport Commission and in 1916 was Secretary to Lord Curzon's Shipping Control Committee. In August the same year he accompanied Walter Runciman to the Anglo-Italian Conference in Pallanza. In 1917 Jones was appointed Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet and in 1919 was Secretary to the British Empire Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference.

Jones' later appointments included serving as Vice-Chairman of the Technical Personnel Committee, 1941-1950, Member of the Committee on Higher Appointments, 1943, Member of the Interdepartmental Committee on Further Education and Training, 1943, Member of the Board of the British Overseas Airways Corporation, 1946–1954, Chairman of the Commonwealth Shipping Committee, 1947-1963, and Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1948–1953.

He received a CB in 1919 and was knighted in 1946.

Jones married Enid Griffith-Boscawen in 1911 and they had 3 children (Nesta, Martin and Maurice). He died in 1963.

Note: Biographical history written with reference to Who's Who.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise Work papers, 1902-1963, including material relating to Jones' service during the First and Second World Wars; Books, articles, speeches and broadcasts by Jones, 1910-c.1960, including some unpublished material; Personal papers, 1824-1963, including correspondence between Jones and his wife, Enid; and Photographs, c.1854-1959

Restrictions on Access

Restricted (=Res.) material is indicated in the catalogue.


Donated by Timothy Clement-Jones, The Lord Clement-Jones CBE, in 2005.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng c. 8225, fols.1-3].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Jones | Sir | Clement Wakefield | 1880-1963 | Knight | public servant


Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century

A   Work papers 1902-1963

War service
Date: 1915-1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8225
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Letters, memoranda, reports and newspaper cuttings relating to:

(fols. 1-60) Dardanelles Campaign (Gallipoli) and the Mediterranean Transport Committee, including three issues of the Peninsula Press.

(fols. 61-251) Shipping Control Committee and the Anglo-Italian Trade Conference in Pallanza, including letters from Lord Curzon, Maurice Hankey and Walter Runciman.

War service
Date: 1917-1919, 1938-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8226
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Letters, memoranda, reports, invitations, menus/table plans, and newspaper cuttings relating to:

(fols. 1-174) First World War, 1917-1919, including President Wilson's visit to Britain (1918) and the Paris Peace Conference (1919). Includes letters from Lord Curzon and Maurice Hankey.

(fols. 175-342 + 62 pp.) Second World War, 1938-1950, including letters from Maurice Hankey.

Alfred Booth and Company, British Overseas Airways Corporation, Chatham House
Date: 1902-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8227
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Letters, pamphlets, reports and papers relating to:

(fols. 1-76) Alfred Booth and Company, 1902-1926, including articles of partnership (1913) and letters from Jones to George Booth.

(fols. 77-100) British Overseas Airways Corporation, 1945-1954.

(fols. 101-420) Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), 1919-1963, including a pamphlet appealing for donations for the Endowment Fund (c.1924) and Jones' account of a trip to Canada (1936).

Christ's Hospital, Commonwealth Shipping Committee, Trinity College (Cambridge)
Date: 1919-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8228
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Letters, memoranda, reports, pamphlets and newspaper cuttings relating to:

(fols. 1-38) Christ's Hospital, 1946-1961, comprising printed material relating to the fourth centenary of the Hospital (1953) and correspondence relating to students (fols. 1-16, 29-38 =Res.).

(fols. 39-302) Commonwealth Shipping Committee, 1951-1963, mainly relating to Jones' visits to Canada (1951 and 1953) to discuss marine insurance rates and ocean transportation problems. Includes letters from Maurice Hankey, L. Dana Wilgress, Clement Attlee and Henry "Harry" Hodson thanking Jones for sending them copies of his reports (1951-1952). Printed material includes:

(fols. 303-333) Trinity College, Cambridge, 1919-1962, including invitations to College dinners and a printed list of "past and present members on service in His Majesty's forces and the allied armies" (1919).

B   Books, articles, speeches and broadcasts 1910-c.1960

Date: 1920-c.1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8229
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Published books, 1935-1959

Unpublished books, 1920-c.1960

Date: c.1915-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8230
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Published articles, 1923-1961

Unpublished articles, c.1915-1963

Miscellaneous, 1928, 1955

Speeches, lectures and broadcasts
Date: 1932-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8231
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Speeches and lectures, 1932-1950

Transcripts of speeches and lectures, mainly on shipping, including:

Broadcasts, 1957-1959

Correspondence, scripts and newspaper cuttings relating to a programme about J.C. Smuts which was broadcast in three parts on the Third Programme during March 1959. Correspondents include David Lytton at the BBC and Maurice Hankey who took part in the programme with Jones, 1957-1959.

C   Personal papers 1824-1963

Correspondence with family
Date: 1824-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8232
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

(fols. 1-243) letters from Jones to Enid, his wife, 1915-1921

(fols. 244-305) letters from Enid to Jones, 1915-c.1918

(fols. 306-370) letters to Jones, mainly discussing family history, 1824-1963 (fols. 321-326, 332-333, 356-357 =Res.). Includes letters from:

Correspondence with friends and colleagues
Date: 1894-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8233
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes letters (some are only brief notes) from:

Diaries, memo book and miscellaneous papers
Date: 1903-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8234
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Diaries and memo book, 1918-c.1962

Miscellaneous papers, 1903-1963

D   Photographs c.1854-c.1959

Photograph of the War Cabinet Secretariat, including Jones
Date: 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. b. 169
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

Date: c.1854-c.1959
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 536
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 51 items

Scope and Content

War Service, 1916-1944

Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), 1945-c.1954

Commonwealth Shipping Committee, 1950-1951

Photographs and picture postcards relating to Jones' visit(s) to Hudson Bay, Port Churchill, Canada, including photographs of Jones with the Port Manager, Mr. Twolan (21 photographs)

Books, 1939-1959

Images used in Pioneer Shipowners: Volume 2 (published 1939):

Image used in John Bolton of Storrs, 1756-1837 (published 1959):

Personal, c.1890-c.1951

Miscellaneous, c.1854-c.1868 and undated

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