This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondance, clippings, and manuscripts concerning the Southern Hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pine Bluff, including company literature, advertisements, and memorabilia.
Dr. Fred T. Jones Sr. was a pioneer in the establishment of black hospitals in Louisiana and Arkansas during the early 20th century. Born in Homer, Louisiana, on September 8, 1877, he received his M.D. degree in 1905, from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1915, Dr. Jones founded a hospital (Mercy Sanitarium) in Shreveport, Louisiana, and likewise in Little Rock (Bush Memorial Hospital) two years later. Dr. Jones is credited with conceiving the "hospital plan," whereby "subscribers" could pay annual dues and receive future hospital care. In connection with his "plan", he established the Great Southern Fraternal Hospitals in North Little Rock and Pine Bluff. Outside the Medical field, Dr. Jones helped people, particularly blacks, with social, economic, religious, and political affairs.
He married Katie Chandler. They were the parents of eight children: Mabel, Helen (died as an infant), Myrtle, Fred, Katheryne, Mildred, Marie, and Booker. One son, Fred Jr., was also a doctor. The elder Dr. Jones died September 10, 1938, in Little Rock.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Jones, Fred Thomas, Sr., Dr., 1877-1938
Little Rock (Ark.)
Physicians -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house only.
Dr. Fred T. Jones Sr. collection, MSS.97.06, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute