The Geraldine McGrady Jones Collection is a small 20th century family collection that documents ordinary family life in Los
Gatos, California. This collection consists of typed and handwritten creative writing works by Geraldine McGrady Jones, family
photographs, a collection of digitized photographs and an informal oral history interview with the two surviving daughters,
Geraldine (Gerri) Peters and Betty Emrett.
Geraldine McGrady Jones (1892-1952) was born in San Francisco and five years later moved with her family to Los Gatos. She
attended the San Jose Normal School where she graduated in 1914, after which she worked as a school teacher at the Wright's
Station School in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was there that she met her husband William 'Billy' Jones who worked as an engineer
for the Union Pacific railroad. The couple lived in converted boxcars for the first several years of their marriage and eventually
settled in Los Gatos where they raised their four children Betty ,Geraldine, Robert and Neal. Geraldine Jones recorded vignettes
of her family life in the form of short stories and poems, several of theses poems honor her sons' sacrifices and commitment
in World War II; both were killed in the war. Following World War II, Geraldine Jones worked as an aid in the San Jose Hospital
and the Dibble Hospital in Menlo Park.
.21 linear feet
Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections &
Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to
the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections
& Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital
reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
The collection is open for research.