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Guide to the Hardin B. Jones Papers, 1937-1978
BANC MSS 79/112 c  
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    Collection Title: Hardin B. Jones Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1978
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 79/112 c
    Creator: Jones, Hardin B.
    Extent: Number of containers: 15 boxes, 5 cartons and 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Professor of medical physics and physiology and assistant director of Donner Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.

    Letters written to Jones and copies of letters by him; manuscripts of speeches and papers; minutes of meetings of various University and Laboratory committees with related materials; reprints of papers written by him and in collaboration with colleagues; research notes; articles about Jones, etc., documenting his career at the University and his research in drug abuse, radiation, gas exchange, cardiovascular disease, etc.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hardin B. Jones Papers, BANC MSS 79/112 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Sketch

    Hardin Blair Jones was born on June 11, 1914 in Los Angeles, California, son of Henry Hardin and Maude Blair Jones. He attended secondary schools in Glendale and received his A.B. in zoology and chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1937. He then came to the University of California at Berkeley where he obtained his M.A. in 1939 and his Ph.D. in physiology in 1944, with a dissertation on the uptake of radioactive phosphorus by neoplastic tissue. In 1946 he joined the Berkeley faculty and in 1954 became professor of medical physics and physiology. He was chairman of the Graduate Group in Biophysics, Medical physics and Bioradiology from 1956 to 1962 and then again from 1964 to 1968. He also held a joint appointment as assistant director of Donner Laboratory from 1948 to 1976, and, from 1959 to 1960, as associate director of the Institute of Human Development. His full schedule also included speaking engagements, articles about the student protests at Berkeley in the 1960s, and duties as San Francisco Asian Art Commissioner. His research covered a wide range of subjects including the physiological effects of high altitude, low-level radiation, smoking, alcohol and various drugs; cancer treatment; cardiovascular disease; the aging process; and energy development.
    He died suddenly on February 16, 1978 after an extensive tour of Australia where he and his wife, Helen Cook Jones, were lecturing on the harmful effects of drugs such as marijuana.

    Scope and Content

    His papers were given to The Bancroft Library in July 1978 by Mrs. Jones, with additional materials in January and July 1979. Consisting of fifteen boxes of correspondence and five cartons of related materials, they include letters addressed to Jones; copies of letters written by him; minutes of meetings of various University committees with related materials; research notes; manuscripts of his speeches and articles; reprints of Papers written by him in collaboration with colleagues; articles about Jones; course materials; and personalia. Photographs have been removed to the Library's Pictorial Collection; reports of the Berkeley Aero Medical Laboratory, University of California, to the University Archives and a motion picture and phonotapes to the Microforms Division.
    The papers reflect Jones' research on radiation; decompression sickness and gas exchange; lipoproteins and cardiovascular disease; a theory of the aging process; effects of smoking and alcohol; and University and Donner Laboratory duties and activities. A major portion of the collection deals with his research and lecturing on drug abuse.
    All tape recordings of interviews with students about drug abuse, and printouts analyzing data from student questionnaires were destroyed at the request of Donner Laboratory in order to protect student confidentiality.


    75 boxes also at Hoover Inst., Stanford.