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William Walter Jones collection of Sam Houston Jones papers

Identifier: LaRC-409

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material from Sam Houston Jones' gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns, correspondence, speech files, state and federal files, press releases, invitations and appointments, oil and gas files, and audio tape reels of speeches. William Walter Jones lost his life in the defense of World War I, and it was Sam Houston Jones' wish that the collection be named in his honor.


  • 1936-1973 (bulk: 1939-1968)



The collection is stored offsite. Researchers must contact at least two business days (48 business hours) in advance for access to these materials.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Sam Houston Jones (1897-1978) was governor of Louisiana from 1940 to 1944. A Democrat, Jones ran against the late Huey Long's brother, Earl K. Long on the 1940 platform, promising an end to political corruption and a return to government efficiency. Jones enacted civil service, instituted competitive bidding for state contracts, and worked to increase international trade while in office. He was succeeded in 1944 by another anti-Long Democrat, Jimmie Davis.


105 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged by topic, then chronologically or alphabetically. The collection consists of 213 boxes. It is 105 linear feet.

Source of Acquisition

Sam Houston and Louise Jones. Date acquired: 04/06/1978.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2011 by LAC Group

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US