Jeanne Boger Jones Papers

Jeanne Boger Jones Papers
Dates: 1845-2000
Size: 3 linear feet (7 archival boxes)
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628
Collection Number: 20001/01
Provenance: Deed of gift from Jeanne Boger Jones, September, 2001.
Supplementary materials added by Ms. Jones in April 2009.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Jeanne Boger Jones Papers [Box #, Folder #], Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Jeanie Child, archival intern, and Michael Flug, Senior Archivist

Biographical Note

Jeanne Jones was born on November 5, 1920, to Thomas Abraham Boger, M.D., from Aurora, Ill., and Grace Camille Collins, from Waukesha, Wis. Her brother, Dr. Thomas A. Boger, Jr., was born in Milwaukee in 1918. Her father, Dr. Thomas A. Boger, graduated from Marquette University Medical School in Milwaukee in 1915. Jeanne Boger grew up in Aurora, Ill., and graduated from East Aurora High School in 1937. She was a third-generation college graduate, attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1941. She received her master's of education from Northeastern Illinois University in 1970.

Jeanne married Mark E. Jones, Jr., in April 1944. Mark Jones was from Indianapolis; he graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago and Loyola University Law School in Chicago in 1950. Jeanne and Mark had four children: Marquita, born in 1948; twins Marcus and Marvin, born in 1953, and Julie, born in 1967. Jeanne Jones worked as a medical laboratory technician and later taught elementary school in the Chicago Public Schools system for 25 years. She was director of an intensive reading program for the Chicago Public Schools.

Jeanne always had a talent for knitting, crocheting and needlepoint, but in the last 20 years she has also pursued her passion for genealogy. Jeanne produced enough research to trace one branch of her family back seven generations. Jeanne Jones has been a summer resident of Idlewild, Mich., since she was 13 years old and she recently retired to Grand Rapids, Mich., where she currently resides.

Scope and Content Note:

The Jeanne Boger Jones papers contain materials that document the history of African Americans in the Midwest, including religious, military, occupational and recreational endeavors, from the Civil War to the present. The records highlight such issues as equal opportunity in employment and housing, fair administration of veteran’s benefits, and the history of African American participation in the armed forces. Venues of activity include Chicago, Batavia (Ill.), Washington, D.C., as well as the Idlewild, Mich., resort community. Besides historical data, the collection provides guidance and examples of the research methods required to carry out genealogical and family history research.

The Jeanne Boger Jones Papers include five distinct series of materials. The first series comprises organizational documents and correspondence compiled and/or created by Ms. Jones’ late husband, Hon. Mark E. Jones, through his membership in the World War II Black Naval Veterans of Great Lakes (WW2BNVGL) during the 1980s, and also materials collected during his service on the Illinois Commission on African American Males (during the 1990s). Also included in this series is a scrapbook entitled "Judge Mark E. Jones" created by Jeanne Jones and her family after Mark E. Jones’ death. This scrapbook provides views of Judge Jones during his years in Chicago as attorney, member of the Regular Democratic Party organization, and judge, along with other individuals in these groups.

A second series of records involves the Idlewild Lot Owners Association, Inc. (ILOA), of which Ms. Jones was a member and officer through her longtime summer residence at the Idlewild lake resort community in Michigan. Besides bylaws, membership rosters, and event calendars dating from the 1990s, this series includes those records created during Ms. Jones’ chairmanship of the 75th Anniversary Planning Committee in 1995 and 1996. Also present are annual "Fashion Flair" souvenir ad books from 1990 to 2001, and a selection of articles, both scholarly and from various news media, referring to the history and significance of Idlewild. Photographs from Idlewild are located in Box 6.

The third major series of materials, "Genealogy of Abraham Thomas Hall," was created by Ms. Jones as she researched her ancestor, Abraham T. Hall, and other family members.The material contains a variety of government records (census, vital records, military records, U.S. Department of Labor files). Included are genealogical charts prepared by Ms. Hall for several Hall and Boger family ancestors, rooted mainly in their locales of Chicago and also Batavia, Illinois. The bulk of the materials relates to Abraham (or Abram) T. Hall and his life as frontier settler, abolitionist, Civil War union soldier, and founding member of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, the oldest African American church in Chicago. Another substantial selection of material illuminates the life of one of Abraham T. Hall’s sons, Charles E. Hall, through the latter’s illustrious career as one of the first African American administrative employees in the U.S. Census Bureau. Several articles provide historical context and additional data. Located in Box 6 are a number of photographs taken of family members, buildings, and gravesites, dating from the late 19th century to the late 20th.

The fourth series in the Jeanne Boger Jones papers contains the photographs relating to the first three series. Included are family photographs dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as photos taken by Ms. Jones as she documented various family locales and gravesites.

A few miscellaneous memorabilia comprise the fifth and last series of the Boger Jones Papers.

Container List

Series 1: World War II Black Naval Veterans of Great Lakes (WW2BNVGL)
Box 1
Box Folder
1 1 WW2BNVGL: Constitution and By-Laws
1 2 WW2BNVGL: Group photograph (photocopy) of membership. SEE Box 6, #023 (copy only)
1 3 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence from James T. Howard to Mark E. Jones, May 30, 1983
1 4 WW2BNVGL: Membership Committee Roster, June 13, 1983
1 5 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence to officers and committee members, June 22, 1983
1 6 WW2BNVGL: 40th Anniversary Committee correspondence, September 16, 1982
1 7 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence from James T. Howard, President August 9, 1983
1 8 WW2BNVGL: Treasurer’s report, May 15, 1984
1 9 WW2BNVGL: 42nd Anniversary correspondence, June 1, 1984
1 10 WW2BNVGL: 42nd Anniversary committee correspondence, June 6, 1984
1 11 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence to executive committee recruitment of Dunbar H.S. students, July 27, 1984
1 12 WW2BNVGL: Communication from the Convention Committee, August 1984
1 13 WW2BNVGL: Thank-you note from James Howard to Mark Jones, August 16, 1984
1 14 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence to Foster Trophy Company, August 27, 1984
1 15 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence to Mark Jones re address change, August 26, 1985
1 16 WW2BNVGL: Application for Articles of Incorporation, 1986
1 17 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence to R. Stripling re additional information requested for Articles of Incorporation Application, February 4, 1986
1 18 WW2BNVGL: Official Articles of Incorporation, April 22, 1986
1 19 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence from the Illinois Historical Society Library, May 29, 1986
1 20 WW2BNVGL: Correspondence to Larry Colston, June 17,1986
1 21 WW2BNVGL: Annual Report to Illinois Secretary of State, 1987
1 22 WW2BNVGL: Letterhead (address of principal) [n.d.]
1 23 Governor’s Commission on Socially Disadvantaged Black Males: Ohio’s African American Males: A Call to Action, Volume One Executive Summary. (Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Office of Black Affairs, June 1990)
1 24 Central Illinois Private Industry Council: Dangers Facing the African American Male. NAB Midwest Regional Youth Conference, December 1999
1 25 Illinois Commission on African-American Males Special Task Force Hearings: Report of Proceedings, December 1992
1 26 Correspondence from Roland Burris to Mark Jones re Commission hearings, May 14, 1993
1 27 Illinois Commission on African American Males: A Directory of Services and Agencies: Organizations Serving the African American Male in Illinois. Partial List as of June 28, 1993
1 28 Illinois Commission on African-American Males: Ecomonic Development Employment Task Force. 1993
1 29 Illinois Commission on African American Males: Crime Drug Task Force. 1993
1 30 Illinois Commission on African American Males: Family Life and African American Manhood Task Force. 1993
1 31 Illinois Commission on African American Males: Education Task Force. 1993
1 32 Illinois Commission on African American Males: Housing Task Force. 1993
1 33 Illinois Commission on African American Males: Racism and Politics Task Force. 1993
1 34 Illinois Commission on African American Males: Health Task Force. 1993
1 35 Scrapbook:"Judge Mark E. Jones" by Jeanne B. Jones and Family. 2002
 

Series 2: Idlewild Lot Owners Association, Inc. (ILOA)

Box 2
2 1 ILOA Chicago Chapter By-Laws, 1978-1992
2 2 ILOA Past Presidents, 1921-1996
2 3 ILOA mailing for membership, with chapter roster, 1995
2 4 ILOA [newsletter] to members [1996]
2 5 ILOA Membership Application Form [1991]
2 6 ILOA: Fashion Flair Souvenir Ad Book, 1990
2 7 ILOA Fashion Flair Souvenir Book, 1991
2 8 ILOA Fashion Flair Souvenir Ad Book, 1992
2 9 ILOA Fashion Flair Souvenir Ad Book, 1993
2 10 ILOA Summer Education Program, 1993 Report
2 11 ILOA Fashion Flair Souvenir Ad Book, 1994
2 12 ILOA 1995 Executive Officers
2 13 ILOA Calendar of Events 1996
2 14 ILOA 75th Anniversary Roster and Program
2 15 ILOA 75 Anniversary Correspondence from Jeanne Boger Jones
2 16 ILOA 75th Anniversary correspondence to membership
2 17 ILOA Meeting notes taken by Mark Jones
2 18 Speaker profile for Dr. Mabel McKinney Broening
2 19 ILOA 75th Anniversary Fashion Flair Souvenir Book, 1996
2 20 ILOA 75th Anniversary Souvenir Book layout, Chicago Chapter Roster, 1996
2 21 ILOA 75th Anniversary Planning Committee roster
2 22 1998 Calendar of events for mid-Michigan ILOA
2 23 ILOA Fashion Flair Souvenir Ad Book, 1999
2 24 ILOA Fashion Flair Souvenir Ad Book, 2001
2 25 ILOA 75 Anniversary Michigan post card
Box 3
3 1 "Where Sepia America Plays Idlewild." Color. December 1946
3 2 "Former U.S. Medallist emerges as Quiet Force in the Olympic Arena". Wall Street Journal (newsclipping). June 28, 1980
3 3 Benjamin C. Wilson. "Idlewild: A Black Eden in Michigan." Michigan History, Vol. 65, No. 5, Sept./Oct. 1981
3 4 Thomas BeVier. "Idlewild Shakes Free of Past." Detroit News (newsclipping), March 3, 1991.
3 5 "The History of Idlewild." The Times (newsclipping), August 18, 1992
3 6 "Black Eden." Chicago Reader (newsclipping). Vol. 22, No. 35. June 4, 1993
3 7 "Enterprise vs. Poverty." Grand Rapids Press (newsclipping). September 1995.
3 8 "Idlewild Lot Owners Celebrate 75th Anniversary." Lake County Star (newsclipping). August 15, 1996
3 9 "Ready Reference Guidelines & Directory." Idlewild Lake Association, Summer 1998
3 10 TAME Newsletter. Tabernacle African Methodist Church, March 1999, Vol. 10, No. 3. Idlewild, MI
3 11 Idlewild Lake Association Newsletter. March, 1999
3 12 Lake County Star (newsclipping) August 12, 1999
3 13 Lake County Star.(newsclipping) August 19, 1999
3 14 Michelle Gunderson. "Idlewild, Michigan: A Challenge Distinguished Fact from Myth." Research paper, May, 1999
3 15 Obituary of Albert Cleage. February 2000
3 16 ILOA brochures & handout. 2008
3 17 Camp Idlewild summer program (closing ceremony) 2008
3 18 Invitations (var.) Idlewild, MI, 2008)
3 19 Music Program. Idlewild, MI, Summer 2008
3 20 Tabernacle AME Church, Idlewild, MI. Program, August 3, 2008.
3 21 Yates Township, Lake Co, Michigan. Election materials, 2008
 

Series 3: Genealogy of Abraham Thomas Hall

Box 4
4 1 " Hall Family Table of Contents" listed by Jeanne Boger Jones
4 2 "Free Inhabitants in Chicago, 1850." Dollars and Sense [n.d.]
4 3 "African Methodist Episcopal Church" [n.d.] entry in biographical dictionary (unidentified)
4 4 "Black Abolitionist, Western Citizen."Chicago History. Spring & Summer 1991
4 5 Family Group Sheet for John Hall
4 6 "An Unsung Hero" A Century of Missions of A.M.E. Church [n.d.]
4 7 1930 U.S. Census for Abraham Thompson-Hall
4 8 1830 U.S. Census of Free Coloured Persons in Mifflin County, PA
4 9 "An Argonaut of Methodism," by A.T. Hall. November 1, 1930
4 10 Timeline for Abram Thompson Hall
4 11 Descendants of Abram T. Hall and Joanna Huss Hall
4 12 132nd Anniversary of Quinn Chapel, July 22, 1979
4 13 Announcement, Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1979
4 14 Rienzi B. Lemus. "The most important Negro in Black Cabinet is Charlie Hall in Dept. of Commerce." Black Dispatch, January 1, 1938
4 15 1850s U.S. Census, 3rd Ward, Chicago, IL
4 16 U.S. Department of Labor: Correspondence, 1916
4 17 Death certificate for Elizabeth Hall Dyer, June 25, 1935.
4 18 "En Emeritus," poem by Abram Thompson Hall, Sr. April 25, 1941.
4 19 Children of Abram and Joanna Huss Hall (photo, SEE Box 6, folder 022)
4 20 Newsclipping, Illinois Record. November 6, 1897
4 21 Newsclipping, Illinois Record. November 1987
4 22 Newsclipping, Illinois Record. December 4, 1897
4 23 Newsclipping, Illinois Record. December 11, 1897
4 24 Newsclipping, Illinois Record. December 18, 1897
4 25 Spring Lake Cemetery Burial Record. 1995
4 26 Certificate of Death, Abraham T. Hall, 1916
4 27 Obituary of Charles Hall (with various newsclippings), 1952
4 28 Correspondence between Charles E. Hall and Thomas Boger, 1949 and 1951
4 29 Obituary of Amy Hall Boger, November 22, 1918
4 30 Obituary of Ed Hall and Dr. Thomas Boger, 1960 and 1967
4 31 Photograph of Henry H. Boger [1918]
4 32 "Biography of Lloyd Augustus Hall, 1894-1971." James Brodie, Created Equal (Quill Press, n.d.)
4 33 Olivia Mahoney. "Black Abolitionists." Chicago History, Spring and Summer 1991
4 34 Jeanne Boger Jones. "Exploring the Lives of Black Women in Antebellum Chicago, 1933-1860," February 12, 2001
4 35 "The Merit System Protection Celebrates African American History Month," February 27, 2001
4 36 Lise M. Stevens. "Lecture Explores Lives of Black Women." The Torch, March 2001
4 37 Correspondence to Jeanne Boger Jones from Rod Bass, March 4, 2001
4 38 Photocopies, pictures of Hall and Jones families [n.d.]
4 39 Charles E. Hall, death certificate, 1952
4 40 Charles E. Hall, Federal personnel file copies, 1900-1938
4 41 Charles E. Hall, newsclippings, 1952 and [n.d.]
4 42 Charles E. Hall, photograph showing [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt’s "Black Cabinet," 1938
4 43 Batavia Historical Society membership and newsletter, 2000
4 44 GAR Post 20 (Aurora, IL) Memorial program for U.S. Colored Troops, 1992
4 45 Illinois Record newsclippings re Hall families [1898]
4 46 Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks of the World: Articles and Notes, 1898-1954
4 47 Johanna Huss Hall, in correspondence from Batavia Historical Society, 2002
4 48 John O. Watters. Marriage Record, to Harriet Mann, 1870.
4 49 Obituaries of Marion E. Hall (1995) and Mrs. E. E. Hall (1933)
4 50 Jennie White Prince. "The Negro in Batavia, Illinois," 1999
4 51 Desmond King. "The Racial Bureaucracy: Afro-Americans and the Federal Court: Government in the Era of Segregated Race Relations," 1999
4 52 Rev. A. T. Hall [Rev. Abram T. Hall] Funeral Notice, [1916]
4 53 Rodney Ross: Correspondence to Jeanne B. Jones, 1998
4 54 Rodney Ross discusses Batavia IL early history (newsclippings), 1995
Box5
5 1 African-American Civil War Memorial/Freedom Foundation/John C. Hall; programs, certificate, correspondence
5 2 John Hamilton-Dryden, "Batavia’s Sable Arms, n.d.
5 3 John Clifford Hall. Death certificates, 1890
5 4 John Clifford Hall: Family record chapters, 1848-1899
5 5 John Clifford Hall: Marriage Certificate, 1882
5 6 John Clifford Hall: Military & pension records, 1819-1916
5 7 John Clifford Hall, Mixed military records, 1964-1865
5 8 John Clifford Hall, Family record chart
5 9 Lena Watters, birth record,1877
5 10 Lena Watters, death certificate, 1945
5 11 Lena Watters, probate records, 1945
5 12 National Organization for the Descendants of African-American Union Solders, correspondence, 1997
5 13 Edward Hall/Edward Stephen Hall: Oral history, transcript page, 1972
 

 

Series 4: Photographs

 

Box 6
Photograph Number
001 Calvin Boger, Sr. [n.d.]
002 Rev. Abram T. Hall [n.d.]
003 Julia, Amy Maria, and J. Elizabeth Hall 1906
004 Abraham Thompson Hall [n.d.]
005 Abram T. Hall, JoAnna Hall [n.d.]
006 Amy Marie Hall (Boger) [n.d.]
007 [Unknown] [n.d.] photocopy only
008 [Unknown] [n.d.]
009 [Unknown] [n.d.]
010 [Unknown] [n.d.]
011 24th Ward meeting, Chicago ca. 1956
012 24th Ward meeting, Chicago ca. 1950s
013 Alderman & Mrs. Ben Lewis, 24th Ward, incl. Mark E. Jones [n.d.]
014 24th Ward event, Alderman Ben Lewis, Mark E. Jones [n.d.]
015 Judge Mark E. Jones [n.d.]
016 Idlewild Lot Owners Association 75th Anniversary 1996
017 ILOA 75th Anniversary, 1996
018 ILOA 75th Anniversary, 1996
019 ILOA 75th Anniversary, 1996
020 ILOA 75th Anniversary, 1996
021 ILOA 75th Anniversary, 1996
022 Children of Abraham T. and JoAnna Hall ca. 1910-1915
023 World War II Black Navy Veterans of Great Lakes [n.d.]
024 Harold Washington and [Mark E. Jones] [n.d.]
025 [Unknown] [n.d.]
026 Home of Abram T. Hall, Batavia, ca 1990
027 John Hamilton Dryden, ca 1990
028 Jeanne B. Jones, ca. 1990
029 Jeanne B. Jones, ca. 1990
030 Jeanne B. Jones, ca. 1990
031 Monument to African-Americans from Batavia who served in the Civil War, including John G. Hall, ca. 1990
032 John H. Dryden and Jeanne B. Jones, ca. 1990
033 Gravesite of John C. Hall, Batavia, ca. 1990
034 Gravesite of Charles E. Hall and Lizzie Hall Dyer, ca. 1990
035 Gravesite of Rev. Abram Hall and JoAnna Hall, ca. 1990
036 Gravesite of [unidentified] Smith, ca. 1990
037 Gravesite of wife of Beverly [illegible], ca 1990
038 Gravesite of Charles E. Hall, ca. 1990s
039 Gravesite of Charles E. Hall, ca 1990s
040 Gravesite of Lizzie Hall Dyer, ca 1990s
041 "Birthday Flowers from Marcus" 1996
042 "Jeanne B. Jones with Marcheta . . . " 1996
 

Series 5: Memorabilia

Box 7
7 1 Two audiovisual cassettes, "Project First Century, Phase IV: Black Women in Antebellum Chicago, 1833-1933," featuring Jeanne Boger Jones. February 23, 2001
7 2 Plaque awarded to Jeanne Boger by Afro-American Genealogical Historical Society of Chicago, Inc. [n.d.]
7 3 Love Family Reunion Cruise Program, 1998
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