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Richard W. Jones (1904-1987) Papers

Identifier: 22/4/8

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Scope and Contents

The Richard W. Jones papers are arranged in three boxes and span the period 1942-1980. The papers include a small amount of biographical materials, teaching materials including lecture and research notes, and the draft of an unpublished book.

Biographical materials include clippings, press releases, vitas, and other items as well as Jones' account of the early years of biomedical engineering at Northwestern. He delivered this account at the Richard W. Jones Symposium held at Northwestern in his honor on October 28 and 29, 1983.

Teaching materials mainly consist of lecture notes and outlines from engineering courses taught by Jones at Northwestern. These materials reflect his interests in biomedical engineering, feedback, and related systems. Student grade records date between 1942 and 1972 and are foldered at the end of the subseries.

The draft of an unpublished book entitled "Homeostatic Processes: An Introduction to the Theory of Biological Regulation" completes the collection. This typescript dates from 1964.


  • 1942-1987


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


3.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Richard W. Jones began teaching electrical engineering at Northwestern University in 1942, and became a full professor in 1951, which position he held until his retirement in 1971. His final appoint was jointly in electrical engineering and biological sciences. Jones was a pioneer in the study of biomedical engineering, and his work was instrumental in Northwestern's development of a leading department in the field. His research specialties included respiration, hearing, and vision. His papers are arranged in three boxes and span the period 1942-1980. The papers consist of a small amount of biographical material; teaching materials including lecture and research notes; and the draft of an unpublished book on homeostatic processes.


Folders of teaching materials are arranged sequentially according to course number, followed by lecture notes, research notes, and grade records.

Method of Acquisition

R. Mahlon Jones donated these materials to the University Archives on August 31, 1987 (Accession #87—197).

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Processing Information

Annette Botnick; April, 1990.

Guide to the Richard W. Jones (1904-1987) Papers
Annette Botnick
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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