The University of Toledo Archives
Manuscript Collection


Finding Aid

O. Garfield Jones Papers, 1915 to 1964


Size: 1 linear foot

Provenance: Transferred from Government Documents Department, 12/5/1986

Access: Open

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Processing Note:

Condition: Fair

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Randy Fuerst, July 13, 1988

Historical/Biographical Sketch

O. Garfield Jones came to the University of Toledo in 1919 after serving in the United States Armed Forces in Manilla during World War I. Prior to this, he had been a high school teacher in the Philippines and in Utah. Jones had also been a professor of Political Science at Morningsdale College in Sioux City, Iowa. Jones was a professor of Political Science at the University of Toledo from 1919 to 1954.

Jones was known as the “Father if Proportional Representation” for his role in changing Toledo’s method of electing councilmen. Jones and his students helped to pass an amendment to Toledo’s charter in 1937 instituting proportional representation. In addition, he wrote a book titled “Background of City Government and Politics in Toledo” in 1948. Jones was also instrumental in changing Toledo’s government from a strong mayor to a city manager form. O. Garfield Jones died on February 19th, 1957. In his memory, the University established the O. Garfield Jones Memorial Scholarship for Political Science Majors.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains material collected by O. Garfield Jones during his tenure as professor of Political Science at the University of Toledo from 1919 to 1954. The collection dates to 1964 due to a condolence letter written in that year.
The collection contains speeches, election results, pamphlets, letters, and other information about PR voting and election results from the 1930’s to the 1960’s in the form of precinct reports, which are also available in the Ward M. Canaday Center.
The collection was transferred to University Archives from Carlson Library’s Government Documents Department with the collection of election results.


Folder List



Item Description



The Background of City Government in Toledo 1948 & 1949



City Manager Amendments 1927-1949



Clippings- Misc. 1918-1919



Hardy, George M.- Correspondence & Speeches 1940-1943



Miscellaneous 1913-1954



National Municipal League and Proportional Representation 1937-40



Operations of Free Employment Office 1915



Port Authorities 1932-1941



Proportional Representation Elections 1935-1939



Proportional Representation Elections 1941



Proportional Representation Elections 1943



Proportional Representation Elections 1945



Proportional Representation Elections 1947



Proportional Representation Elections 1949



Proportional Representation- In other cities 1933-1954



St. Lawrence Seaway 1928-1944



Scrapbook- O. Garfield Jones 1922-1964



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