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Evan Jones Archive


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The archive consists of subject files of correspondence and papers relating to Evan Jones' work, literary papers including screenplays, books, and miscellaneous printed material.


  • 1949-2011, n.d.


8.5 linear metres (43 shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Material of a sensitive personal nature is closed, along with currently inaccessible audio-visual material.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, MS. Evan Jones 1.
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Evan Jones 1-43

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9686


Papers of the writer Evan Jones.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical/Historical note written with reference to Bertram Rota Ltd. and The Cambridge Guide to African and Caribbean Theatre.

Born in 1927 in Portland, Jamaica, Evan Jones was educated at Munro College and Haverford College, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1949. He worked at a UN-run refugee camp in Palestine and then spent two years in Oxford, graduating from Wadham College in 1952 with a BA (Hons) in English literature. He taught for a while at George School Pennsylvania and Wesleyan University, Conneticut.

He moved to London in 1956 and established himself as a poet, novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His works often address social issues and war, though he is also well known in Jamaica as a children’s writer.

In Britain he is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter whose works include The Madhouse of Castle Street (1963), King and Country (1964), and the seminal television documentary series The Fight against Slavery (1975).


As no overall filing system was in place, the archive has been arranged into five series of subject files, literary papers, audio visual material, books and miscellaneous printed material. The arrangement within each series is chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Bertram Rota Ltd., 18 Jul 2014.
Catalogue of the Evan Jones Archive, 1949-2011
Finding aid prepared by Emily Chen and Harriet Costelloe
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom