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Kate Johnson Collection on Harry Wild Jones

Identifier: M/A 0093
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Description of Contents

The collection contains researcher Kate Johnson's photographs and notes (1977) and two photocopied volumes (1860-1917) of Harry and Bertha Jones' family photographs. Johnson's research notes apparently were gleaned from approximately six different scrapbooks and albums. The photocopied volumes consist of images mainly depicting various Jones family members (at home and on excursions), but include occasional buildings and rooms, including Jones' college dormitory room and architectural offices.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1977



The physical collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours. Photographs from this collection are available in the Kate Johnson Collection on Harry Wild Jones in the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections.


Harry Wild Jones was a renowned local architect The son of a Baptist clergyman and twenty-seventh in a direct line of descent from William the Conqueror, Jones was born in Schoolcraft, Michigan, on June 9, 1859. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1882. Having worked under Henry Hobson Richardson in Boston for one year, Jones came to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in September 1883, establishing his own architectural practice there in 1885. He remained in Minneapolis for the rest of his career. Although Jones specialized in ecclesiastical architecture, he also designed many private residences and public and commercial buildings in the Minneapolis area and throughout the United States. He taught architecture at the University of Minnesota and lectured on church architecture at the University of Chicago.

Some of his most notable Minneapolis buildings include Butler Brothers Warehouse (Butler Square), Cream of Wheat building, the award-winning Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, the first Lake Harriet Pavilion, Washburn Park water tower, and the Nicollet Ball Park. Other Minneapolis buildings include the Eugene Field Public School, the churches of Calvary, Knox Presbyterian, and Judson Memorial, and the homes of F.W. Clifford, Emery Mapes, and L.S. Gillette. He served as a member of the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners for many years and was the architect for park buildings. He also served as director of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts for several years.

Jones died on September 25, 1935, at Elmwood, his home in the Tangletown neighborhood of Minneapolis.


1.17 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Donor Information

Collection was donated at some point, perhaps in the 1990s, by Tom Balcom, who had received the materials from Kate Johnson, their creator and owner. A formal donation was made by Kate Johnson in October 2017.

Accession 1998.66.

Related Materials in Hennepin County Library Special Collections

Harry Wild Jones: American Architect NA737.J644 V35 2008.

Kate Johnson Collection on Harry Wild Jones
Christopher G. Welter
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.