The Clifford Jones Family Papers (1900-2005) consist of awards for community service, newspaper clippings, correspondence sent to family members by Cliff Jones when he was in the military, and photograph albums of the Jones family. Clifford Jones was the 20th Lieutenant Governor for Nevada from 1947 to 1954.
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The Cliff Jones Family Papers (1900-2005) consist of awards for community service, newspaper clippings, correspondence sent to family members by Cliff Jones when he was in the military, and photographic albums of the Jones family. Also included are baby shoes, three bibles, a rosary, family passports, and old Roman coins. Clifford Jones was the 20th Lieutenant Governor for Nevada from 1947 to 1954.
Nevada Lieutenant Governor Clifford "Cliff" Jones was born in Long Lane, Missouri in 1912. While he was attending the University of Missouri in 1931, his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. During summer breaks from college Jones worked alongside his brother, Herbert, on the construction of the Boulder (Hoover) Dam. Jones moved to Las Vegas in 1937 after he became an attorney.
In 1940, Jones entered politics and successfully ran for the Nevada Assembly as a Democrat. He became the Majority Leader of the Assembly and also served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee before he left office to serve in the Marines during World War II. Returning to Nevada in 1945, Jones was appointed a District Judge for Clark County. In 1946 he successfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada and served two terms. While in office, Jones was known for his influence in the State’s Democratic Party. He was also a successful businessman and had interests in numerous Las Vegas casinos, including the El Cortez, the Algiers, and the Golden Nugget. He retired from politics in 1993. Clifford Jones passed away on November 16, 2001 at the age of 89 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials remain in original order.
Clifford Jones Family Papers, 1900-2005. MS-00596. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 2012 by the estate of Cliff and Marilyn Jones; accession number 2012-019.
Material was processed by Christina Molina in 2012. In 2014, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Ian M. Baldwin revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with professional standards. In 2018, Joyce Moore rehoused the materials, enhanced the finding aid, and entered the data into ArchivesSpace. In 2020, Sarah Jones reboxed materials and brought the description into compliance with current professional standards.