A Guide to the J. Christopher Jones Papers, 1950-1975 Jones, J. Christopher Papers Ms1989-023

A Guide to the J. Christopher Jones Papers, 1950-1975

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Special Collections
Accession Number Ms1989-023


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Accession Number
Ms1989-023
Title
J. Christopher Jones Papers 1950-1975
Physical Characteristics
2 containers; 1.0 cu. ft.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the J. Christopher Jones Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

J. Christopher Jones Papers, Ms1989-023 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The J. Christopher Jones Papers were transferred to the Special Collections from the Newman Library book collection in 1989.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the J. Christopher Jones Papers commenced and was completed in March 2007.

Biographical Information

John Christopher Jones (also known as J. Christopher Jones, John Jones, Chris Jones, and John Chris Jones) was born in Wales in 1927, the son of Christopher John and Jennie Humphreys Jones. After attending Cambridge University, where he studied engineering, Jones began working at Associated Electrical Industries in Manchester, England and teaching industrial design courses at Manchester's Regional College of Art.

Throughout the 1950s, Jones published a number of works on the design process, culminating on his article "A Systematic Design Method." Jones advocated a user-centrist philosophy to the engineering process, bringing ergonomics to the forefront of considerations in the design process. In the 1960s, he established the Design Research Laboratory at Manchester University and taught a master's course in design technology. In 1962 he was a co-founder of the first Conference on Design Methods, from which grew the Design Research Society.

In 1970, Jones published Design Methods: Seeds of Human Futures, an authoritative work on the subject. The following year, he became the first professor of design at Britain's Open University. Since leaving that position in 1975, Jones has worked as an independent consultant, author and lecturer. He was a visiting scholar at Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies from 1974 to 1975.

Scope and Content

This collection contains photocopies of the compiled writings of designer J. Christopher Jones. The collection includes copies of published articles, unpublished manuscripts, internal reports, and proposals concerning such subjects as streamlining, implications of automation, human error and accidents, and mechanization and design. The fifth volume in the series, titled "Dear Architects," consists of a set of open letters in which Jones addresses questions raised by students during his time as a visiting scholar at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Arrangement

The volumes in this collection are arranged in chronological order.

Related Material

Bibliography of Jones' works, maintained by Professor Tom Mitchell of Indiana University

Jones' website, softopia.demon.co.uk .

Contents List

Collected papers, volume 1 1950-1960 . 1-1, Box-folder
Collected papers, volume 2 1960 . 1-2, Box-folder
Collected papers, volume 3 1961-1969 . 2-1, Box-folder
Collected papers, volume 4 1970-1975 . 2-2, Box-folder
Collected papers, volume 5 1975 . 2-3, Box-folder