A Guide to the Virginia Minor Roosevelt Jones Papers, 1917-1935 Jones, Virginia Minor Roosevelt, Papers, 1917-1935 45319

A Guide to the Virginia Minor Roosevelt Jones Papers, 1917-1935

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 45319


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
45319
Title
Virginia Minor Roosevelt Jones Papers, 1917-1935
Extent
1.1 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Creator
Jones, Virginia Minor Roosevelt, b. 1897
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Virginia Minor Roosevelt Jones Papers, 1917-1935. Accession 45319. Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Tucker Carney, Norfolk, Virginia, 6 November 2010.


Biographical Information

According the 1900 federal census, Virginia Lee Minor was born in Washington, D.C., in April 1897, the daughter of George and Genevieve Minor (who married Tucker K. Sands after George Minor's death). Virginia married Robert B. Roosevelt, Jr. (1899-1922), the son of Robert B. Roosevelt (1866-1929) and Lilie Hamersley Roosevelt (b. 1882), on 13 October 1920 in New York City. In the midst of marital problems, the couple was living apart when Robert died on 1 April 1922. Under somewhat mysterious circumstances, he had fallen into the street on a rainy night in New York City and was struck by two vehicles. Virginia Roosevelt was left to raise the couple's infant son, Robert B. Roosevelt III (ca. 1922-1944). She married Arthur Percy Jones (1883-1942) in November 1923. The pair resided in Norfolk, Virginia, with her son and Jones's daughter, Helen. Robert B. Roosevelt III, an ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was presumed killed in the Japanese sinking of the USS Harder on 24 August 1944 off of Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Scope and Content

Papers, 1917-1935, of Virginia Minor Roosevelt Jones (b. 1897) of Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Virginia. The majority of materials collected here reflect her relationship with first husband Robert B. Roosevelt, Jr. (1899-1922), and chiefly include his letters to her over the period of their long-distance courtship, 1919 (they married in 1920), and during a period of separation in 1922. Roosevelt's letters to Virginia allude to his drinking problem and financial instability, and issues of trust in the marriage. Other materials in the collection include letters from Robert's mother, Lilie Hamersley Roosevelt (b. 1883), to Virginia in the wake of his sudden death in 1922; numerous sympathy cards and letters; a letter from Arthur Percy Jones (1883-1942) shortly before he became Virginia's second husband in 1923; and correspondence and greeting cards, 1922-1923 and 1933, directed to Robert Roosevelt III (ca. 1922-1944). Also included are a small notebook used as a scrapbook, 1919-1920, holding various postcards and clippings sent to Virginia by Robert, along with some handwritten musings by both; and a photo album, 1916 and undated.

Contents List

Virginia Minor Roosevelt Papers, 1917-1935.
Extent: 1.1 cubic feet (3 boxes).
  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Correspondence, 1917-1918
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Correspondence, March 1919
  • Box 1
    Folders 3-4
    Correspondence, April 1919
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Correspondence, May 1919
  • Box 1
    Folders 6-8
    Correspondence, June 1919
  • Box 1
    Folders 9-11
    Correspondence, July 1919
  • Box 1
    Folder 12
    Correspondence, August 1919
  • Box 1
    Folder 13
    Correspondence, September 1919
  • Box 1
    Folder 14
    Correspondence, October 1919
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    Correspondence, 1920-1921
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    Correspondence, February-March 1922
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    April 1922

    Newspaper clippings re: death of Robert B. Roosevelt, Jr.

  • Box 2
    Folders 4-7
    Correspondence, April 1922

    Sympathy notes re: death of Robert B. Roosevelt, Jr.

  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    Correspondence, April-May 1922

    Sympathy notes re: death of Robert B. Roosevelt, Jr.

  • Box 2
    Folder 9
    Correspondence, April-May 1922
  • Box 2
    Folder 10
    Correspondence, June-December 1922
  • Box 2
    Folder 11
    1922

    Miscellaneous documents.

  • Box 2
    Folder 12
    Correspondence, 1923
  • Box 2
    Folder 13
    Correspondence, Helen Jones, 1934-1935

    Empty envelope, 1934, and a letter, 25 June 1935, addressed to Helen Jones, step-daughter of Virginia Minor Roosevelt Jones and daughter of Arthur Percy Jones.

  • Box 2
    Folder 14
    Correspondence, Robert B. Roosevelt III, 1922-1923 and 1933

    Greeting cards, 1922-1923, and a letter, 1933, addressed to Robert B. Roosevelt III. The letter was written by Roosevelt's grandmother Lilie Hamersley Roosevelt.

  • Box 2
    Folder 15
    Correspondence, undated
  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    Photo album, 1916 and undated
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    Scrapbook, 1919-1920