Jerry B. Jones
Historical Research Library
The late Jerry B. Jones in front of Elliott Community Center
About Jerry B. Jones Historical Research Library
The library contains
documentary collections of Etowah County, the
surrounding area and Northeast Alabama . It is
preserving all types of historical research
materials relating to this area, and includes all
historical files donated by Jerry B. Jones,
manuscript collections, books, periodicals, maps,
newspapers, audio and video materials, and
There are also computers, many rare maps, rare
books, files, and various materials for serious
The public is encouraged to donate old records, old
photos, etc. for the library. It is
one of the largest of its kind in Northeast
Location and Hours
The Jerry B. Jones Historical Research Library is located at the
Elliott Community Center at the corner of 29th Street and West
Meighan Blvd. (U.S. 431) and is open to the public.
Generally the library is open Monday - Friday; 10 a.m.- 4:00
p.m. except for holidays.
The Jerry B. Jones Historical Research
Library collection has evolved through gifts and purchases until
it has become a distinguished collection. Containing numerous
formats of materials it interacts and overlaps with other
collecting interests of Special Collection.
It is a historical collection with an emphasis on resources,
documenting social and cultural history. The intent is to
acquire and preserve materials that will be used by historians.
To meet the needs of the discipline of history as it shifts and
changes in its continuous evolution, the collection should be
sensitive to county state historical resources of both the
traditional and vanguard type.
Mission of Special Collection
The mission of the Jerry B. Jones Historical Research Library is
to document The History of Etowah County, The State of Alabama
and the acquisition of historically significant, rare and/or
unique materials for this area.
This is a brief overview of the materials within the Jerry B.
Jones Historical Research Library. It is not an exhaustive
description but rather a brief outline of the collection housed.
The library is an archive and depository of Alabama collections
of published materials which includes:
Historical files and papers of Jerry B. Jones
The Etowah Historical Society (scrapbooks, minutes, etc.)
Etowah County area collections
Historical and genealogical periodicals, papers and
Books published in Alabama
Alabama genealogical source materials
Biographies of Alabamians
State, county, town, community, and area histories
Histories of institutions, groups, and movements
Histories of Alabama churches (various denominations)
Map collection of over 3000 maps.
Manuscript collections including family files, diaries,
and biographical information
Photographic & prints collection – 10,000 digital & paper
· I am not a member
of the Etowah Historical Society, can I still use your
Yes. The library is open to the public. Guests are welcome to
use the facility at any time during its operating hours.
Generally the library is open Monday - Friday; 10 a.m.- 4:00
p.m. except for holidays.
materials be checked out of the library?
No. Use of the materials in the collection is restricted to in
house use only.
I make photocopies of library materials?
Yes. However, materials considered fragile may not be copied.
Please ask a staff member before making your photocopies.
much do photocopies cost?
Photocopies are $.25 a page, $.15 for Etowah Historical Society
· How much do
historical photos cost?
Digitalized historical photos are $6.00/page, $5.00 for Etowah
Historical Society members. These are printed on 8-1/2” X 11”
I use my own camera to make a picture?
Yes. However, please check with a staff member first.
I search your collection online?
No. At this time we have not set up a web site but plan to in
you look up information for me if I don't live in the area?
Yes. As time permits, we will be happy to perform basic searches
through our records. However, since we are not adequately
staffed to fill in-depth research requests, we recommend that
you visit to see materials available.
JERRY B. JONES
King of Etowah County Histories is Gone"
of Jerry B. Jones
Jerry Jones, historian
and former Etowah County Tax Accessor passed away
Sunday, March 22nd around
Jerry will be missed by
many. He was the last of those historians who had
contact with some of the early settlers or their
children. Much that he knew will die with him.
Fortunately, he has donated his history collections
to the Etowah Historical Society for the Jerry B.
Jones Historical Research Library.
little information about Jerry Jones:
Born, September 12th,
Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama. Jerry was
81 years old. He attended Etowah County Schools,
graduated Etowah High School and went on to the
University of Alabama
Jacksonville State University; and
Howard College (now
Samford University )
United States Navy during
and was later hired as Assistant
Clerk for Etowah County Tax Assessor. After
that he became Chief Clerk and was elected Tax
Assessor for 4-6 years, for a total of 24 years
terms. He was also the organizing President of
Alabama Association of Assessing Official.
Jerry is an Ordained
Baptist Minister and was Pastor of a number of
churches in Etowah County.
He was an early founder
and member of the Etowah County Historical Society
for many years, having held several offices
including President. Jerry was the organizing
President of the Northeast Alabama Genealogical
Society and taught Genealogy at
State College as well as
Gadsden State for over 20 years. He has also
been member of the Etowah Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution, and served
five years as the Registrar for the Alabama chapter.
Jerry Jones is author
of several church histories, and wrote many articles
on history and genealogy. Some of these are: “First
Families of St. Clair County, and Northeast
Alabama, “Where the Saints Have Trod” Bethany
Baptist Church , and “ Old Harmony Baptist Church ,
A History”. He also wrote a weekly column The
Gadsden Times called “Lore From The Hills of Home”.
His most recent book will soon be published, to be
called the “History of Old Harmony Cemetery,
Jerry has led many
efforts and succeeded in placing many markers
throughout Etowah County . He also helped in the
establishment of the
Patriots Day Banquet and a Hall of Hero’s.
1975-2005. In 2008 he was intercepted into the
Patriots Hall of Honor. He has four children, 9
Grandchildren, and 13 Great grandchildren.
his preservation efforts include:
Old Harmony Cemetery
This was the site of
the first church organized in what became Etowah
County , in 1831. It is also the site of an Indians
massacre, which took place there in the summer of
William Jones and others were murdered. The
only survivor was Williams’s five year old son,
Jerry’s great-great grandfather. Included buried at
the site were Indians that were killed. There is a
Historical Highway marker regarding the Church and
foundation of the Wills Creek Baptist Association
formed there in 1835 and the association is still
active. There is also a marker placed by The
Colonial Dames regarding the massacre. This cemetery
is on the list of Historic Cemeteries in Alabama .
Mark Phillips Family Cemetery
, Southside, Alabama
He was one of the
first settlers in Etowah County , Alabama and
came here from
Georgia by 1816. Mark was a large land owner
and his plantation was one of the best, and had many
slaves. There are more slaves buried in the
cemetery than there are of his family. This
cemetery is also listed on the
Alabama Registry of Historic Cemeteries in
Nichols Memorial Library, Alabama City
This building was the
free public library in Alabama to loan
books. It was built in the late 1890’s as a
memorial to Howard Gardner Nichols, a son of the
founder of a
cotton mill and village. He died from wounds
received when placing equipment in the new mill.
Jerry Jones purchased the building in 1972 and
immediately transferred it to the Northeast Alabama
Genealogical, Inc. a non profit group which he was
co founder of in 1962. It is on the State and
National Register of Historic Places. It is
one of the best collections of
genealogical books and material in Alabama .
Co-Chairman of the Civil
War Centennial Committee, 1861-1961
Jerry led in erection
of a Memorial Stone to Civil War’s Commodere
Ebenzeer Farrand, and also Farrand’s re-interment
from an old abandoned cemetery in Attalla, to the
Oak Hill Cemetery ,
Attalla , Alabama . Jerry also erected a
marker to Emma Sansom at the Sansom burial site in
Gadsden , Al. and relocated the Civil War soldier,
Robert Turner, marker. This was moved from a
site on the bank of Black Creek to the site of his
burial in the Sansom burial plot. (Turner was killed
in the battle with the
Army at Black Creek.) Jerry also led in the
establishment of The Civil War Centennial
Memory Garden at the intersections of North 3rd
and North 4th Streets, Attalla, Al.
Co Chairman of the Etowah
County Centennial Committee, 1868
Led in the erection of
historical marker and placing a time capsule
buried with both on the lawn of the
Etowah County Court House. Selecting the
first Etowah County Flag from a contest of designs
submitted. He helped published the first History of
Etowah County, Alabama.
County Chairman of the
Alabama Sesqui-centennial 1819-1969
co-directing “Lore of Noccalula”, a drama of the
Legend of Noccalula and working with the Gadsden
Woman’s Club in the erection of the Statute of
Noccalula next to the falls.
American Revolution Bicentennial Committee
Served as Chairman for
Etowah County .
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historical interest. Current programs of
history in the making.
Markers - Markings of historical homes,
cemeteries, schools, rivers, trails, public buildings
ignificant Preservations -
Preservation of historical
buildings, homes & landmarks
(Physical address at
2829 W. Meighan Blvd.)
The Society meets every
2nd Friday night each month at Elliott Community Center, corner of 29th
Street & Meighan Blvd. at 6:00pm.
Each month we have an
enjoyable presentation and refreshments.
Come and enjoy!!!