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Paul R. Jones ACTION photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS41

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs documenting the public work of Paul Jones as regional director of ACTION. Most of the photographs depict ceremonial occasions, such as certificate presentations, public speeches, grant awards, or the signing of documents. Jones is pictured with identified and unidentified public officials, including Georgia Governor George Busbee and Florida Governor Reuben Askew, and with associations, including VISTA, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), and the Southern Conference of Black Mayors. Of interest is one photograph of Jones with Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta.

The scrapbook consists of images of Jones at meetings and at ceremonial occasions with public officials, including images of Jones with Mike Balzano, director of ACTION-Washington, D.C., in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, Jones and Balzano presented the mayor of Raleigh, Clarence E. Lightner, with a grant award. Of special note are images of Jones receiving keys to the city from mayors of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Columbia, South Carolina.


  • approximately 1970-1981


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Paul Raymond Jones (1928-2010) served as an Atlanta-based art collector, businessman, civil rights activist, philanthropist, and director of several political and civic organizations. The youngest of five children, Jones was born in Bessemer, Alabama to Ella Jones (1895- ) and Will Jones (1878- ), a labor agent for the ore mine industry. He attended Alabama State College (later Alabama State University) in Montgomery, Alabama. After two years at Alabama State College, Jones transferred to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1949 and a master’s degree in 1950, before returning to Bessemer.

Jones became heavily involved in civil rights and politics. He worked with an interracial community group in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s; the United States Department of Justice (1965); and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Jones was also recognized for his work with the Model Cities Program, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and he held a variety of federal government jobs before spending a year in Bangkok, Thailand, as deputy director of the Peace Corps in 1971. From 1973-1981, Jones worked as the regional director of ACTION–Region IV (later The Corporation of National and Community Service), an umbrella agency for all the United States’ federal volunteer programs. Jones’ duties involved the establishment and maintenance of professional relationships with public officials in eight southern states. In 1982, Jones ran for the United States House of Representatives Fifth District Congressman (State of Georgia) and continued to advance his business, Paul Jones Enterprises, a house restoration firm.

In addition to careers with civil rights and politics, Jones became an avid supporter and collector of African American art. He amassed an African American art collection with over 2,000 pieces. Jones also served on several boards of museums, historical societies, and art agencies, including the Atlanta History Center, the High Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Art Fund.

Jones died in Atlanta on January 26, 2010.


86 photographic print(s) (86 black and white and color photographs)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993

Related Archival Materials

Paul R. Jones papers, MSS 856, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2015.

Paul R. Jones ACTION photographs
Felicia Render
Decamber 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305