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Rogan Jones Papers, 1912-1983

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Jones, Rogan.
Title
Rogan Jones Papers
Dates
1912-1983 (inclusive)
1930-1970 (bulk)
Quantity
15 linear ft.
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0011rjones (collection)
Summary
The collection documents the activities and interests of radio and television broadcasting pioneer Lafayette Rogan Jones. Records span the period 1912-1983, with the bulk of materials dating from circa 1930-1970, and comprise subject files, clippings and scrapbooks, audio tapes and photographs.
Repository
Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
98225-9123
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Born in Memphis Tennesee on October 11, 1895, Lafayette Rogan Jones moved with his parents, Francis Goodbar Jones and Mary Rogan Jones to Boston in 1901, and then to Aberdeen, Washington in 1906. He attended private schools in Boston, public schools in Aberdeen and spent one year at Columbia University where he studied business. Jones lived in Aberdeen intermittently until 1930. Jones acquired his first radio station, KXRO, in Aberdeen, Washington in 1928, and purchased KVOS in Bellingham, Washington the following year. In addition to these stations, Jones owned KPQ radio in Wenatchee and KPCB in Seattle.

A pioneer in his field, Jones often generated conflict through his attempts to expand the interests and role of radio broadcasters and attract larger audiences. The legal case KVOS v Associated Press (circa 1934-1936) comprised one of the most noteworthy legal battles of his career. Responding to refusals by the Associated Press, the United Press, and the International News Service to sell news copy to radio stations, Jones and KVOS rewrote and then broadcast information found in newspapers. Accusing Jones of “news piracy”, local newspapers such as the Bellingham Herald and national news organizations including the Associated Press filed suit against KVOS. In 1936, the US Supreme Court decided in favor of KVOS, allowing for greater access by radio broadcasters to news sources (including sporting events), and paving the way towards the sale of information by news organizations to radio.

During the 1950s, Jones attracted further controversy through his creation of International Good Music (IGM), a centralized service providing recorded music and radio shows for broadcast across the world. In 1964, the Amercian Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) sued IGM and recipient stations, arguing that IGM broadcast music without their permission or that of the artists. The case was decided in favor of the IGM and other defendents. Having established himself in radio, Jones soon expanded his professional interests to include television, creating one of the first commercial cable systems in Bellingham, Washington. His first TV station, KVOS-TV, aired its first broadcast on May 23, 1953. Jones also founded cable television station, KPQ-CA in Wenatchee in 1953, before selling the station the following year. The British Columbia company Wometco eventually bought KVOS in 1962. Rogan Jones died on 27 April, 1972 in Bellingham, Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Rogan Jones papers document the activities and interests of radio and television broadcasting pioneer Lafayette Rogan Jones. Records span the period 1912-1983, with the bulk of materials dating from circa 1930-1970. Alphabetical subject files generated and maintained by Jones reflect his interests and involvement in radio and television broadcasting on a regional and national level. Subject files include materials relating to the legal case KVOS vs. Associated Press (concerning broadcasters’ rights to access and present news information to their audience), and Jones’ conflicts with bodies such the American Society of Composers, Artists and Performers regarding the management, licensing and operation of his stations. A large number of the subject files pertain to the operation and programming for KVOS radio station in Bellingham, Washington. Jones’ files also contain a small amount personal correspondence, dated 1912-1959 (the bulk of Jones’ personal and family records were removed before their donation to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies).

The collection contains clippings and scrapbooks compiled by Jones through the period circa 1930-1958, documenting issues relating to radio broadcasting and also to news events affecting the Bellingham area. The bulk of material in the scrapbooks is compiled from Bellingham newspapers. The collection also includes reel-to-reel tapes containing select KVOS radio interviews and broadcasts (dated 1938-1940) and a small amount of photographic material.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Rogan Jones Papers, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I:   Subject Files, 1912-1983 ,   (bulk 1930-1958) Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Advertising
1940-1954
1/2
Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated
1949-1950
1/3
Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated
1950
1/4
Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated
1951
1/5
Advertising Research Bureau Incorporated
1952
1/6
American Broadcasting Company
1946-1950
1/7
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
1947-1949
2/1
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
1957-1959
2/2
Associated Press
1951-1956
2/3
Associated Program Services
1951-1952
2/4
Bellingham Athletic Club
1946-1948
2/5
Bellingham Chamber of Commerce
1951-1958
2/6
Bellingham Charter
1950-1951
2/7
Bellingham, Port of: Citizen Advisory Committee
1951
2/8
Bone, Homer T. (U.S. Senator)
1937
2/9
Boundary Centennial Celebration
1946
2/10
Broadcast Advertising Bureau
1950-1955
2/11
Broadcast Magazine
1947-1950
2/12
Broadcast Measurement Bureau
1947-1950
2/13
Broadcast Music Incorporated
1951-1956
2/14
Broadcasting Stations
1956-1958
3/1
Cable Accounts
1950-1951
3/2
Channel 12 Ltd.
1954-1955
3/3
Channel 12 Ltd.
1955
3/4
Columbia Broadcasting Service
1953-1958
3/5
Columbia T.V. Service
1958
3/6
Craney, Ed.
1951-1952
3/7
Davis, Kenneth
1949-1956
3/8
Dill, Clarence (U.S. Senator)
1936-1937
3/9
Dumont Network
1953-1954
3/10
Eastman Kodak
1954
3/11
Employment/Employees
1940-1954
3/12
Employment/Employees
1955-1958
3/13
Encyclopedia Britannica
1955-1957
3/14
Equipment, Radio
1944-1949
3/15
Farris, Stultz, Bull, and Farris
1953
3/16
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
1943-1951
3/17
Ferry
1951
4/1
Forjoe and Company
1953-1954
4/2
Forjoe and Company
1955
4/3
Forjoe and Company
1956-1957
4/4
Frederick Ziv Company
1954-1955
4/5
Fuller, Romig
1950
4/6
General Electric
1955
4/7
Graybar Mortgage Company
1937
4/8
Guy, Bill
1937
4/9
Haley, Andrew
1947
4/10
Haley, Andrew
1948-1949
4/11
Haley, Andrew
1950
4/12
Haley, Andrew
1951
5/1
Haley, Andrew
1952-1953
5/2
Haley, Andrew
1954-1955
5/3
Haley, Andrew
1956-1958
5/4
Haley, Andrew: Photographs
1946
5/5
Horace N. Stovin Company
1952-1954
5/6
Horace N. Stovin Company
1953-1957
5/7
Independent Broadcasters
1949-1956
5/8
Insurance
1946-1947
5/9
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
1937-1954
5/10
International Good Music
1958-1964
5/11
International Good Music: Receivership Dispute
1963
5/12
International House
1957-1958
5/13
International News Service
1940
6/1
International Peace Arch Program Association
circa 1940
6/2
International Peace Arch Program Association
1940-1945
6/3
International Peace Arch Program Association
1946-1947
6/4
International Peace Arch Program Association
1948-1949
6/5
International Peace Arch Program Association
1950-1955
6/6
International Peace Arch Program Association
1956-1957
6/7
International Peace Arch Program Association
1958-1959
6/8
International Telemeter Corporation
1953
6/9
Jackson, Henry (U.S. Senator)
1952-1958
6/10
Jerrold Electronics Corporation
1953-1954
7/1
Jerrold Electronics Corporation v. KVOS and Westcoast
1964
Jones, Rogan
Box/Folder
7/2
Accident
1953-1954
7/3
Accident
1955-1956
7/4
Accounts
1940-1947
7/5
Biographical Material
circa 1956-1958
Correspondence
Box/Folder
7/6
General A-F
circa 1937-1957
7/7
General G-M
circa 1937-1957
7/8
General N-Z
circa 1937-1957
7/9
International
1956-1957
7/10
Personal
1912-1939
7/11
Personal
1940-1954
Box/Folder
7/12
Final Disposition of Papers
undated
7/13
Mother's Estate
1955
8/1 - 8/3
Speeches
1957-1959
8/4
Taxes and Financial Statements
1947-1957
8/5
Trips
1948-1950
8/6
Trip to Russia
1958
Box/Folder
9/1
KDZR
1922
9/2
KELA
1940; 1951
9/3
KFPM
1930
9/4
KGIR
1937-1940
9/5
KING
1950
9/6
KMO
1937-1950
9/7
KOL
1940-1949
KPQ
Box/Folder
9/8
50 kw
1957
9/9
Cole Wylie
1936-1939
9/10
Correspondence
1948-1956
9/11
Jim Wallace
1946-1951
9/12
Jim Wallace
1952-1956
9/13
Jim Wallace
1957-1958
9/14
Staff Investment and Profit Share
1948-1952
9/15
T.V. and Community Antenna
1952-1955
9/16
T.V. and Community Antenna
1956-1958
9/17
Transmitter Fire
August 7, 1967
Box/Folder
9/18
KPUG
1947-1948
10/1
KVI
1940-1944
KVOS Files
Box/Folder
10/2
Accounts
1936-1937
10/3
Accounts
1948
10/4
Accounts: Collection Notices
1954-1955
10/5
Board of Directors Meetings: Minutes
1940-1947
10/6
Correspondence (general)
1936-1947
10/7
Correspondence (general)
1948-1949; 1953
10/8
Discrepancy Reports
1955
10/9
Insurance
1948-1955
Legal Suits
Box/Folder
10/10
KVOS v. Associated Press (correspondence)
1935-1937
10/11
KVOS v. Associated Press (legal)
1935-1937
10/12
Licensing Suit (correspondence)
1936-1937
10/13
Licensing Suit (legal)
1936-1937
11/1
Miscellaneous Suits (correspondence)
1936-1952
11/2
Miscellaneous Suits (legal)
1936-1952
New Building
Box/Folder
11/3
Blueprints and Reports
1955
11/4
Correspondence
1955
Box/Folder
11/5
Programming (General Files)
1933-1939
11/6
Programming (General Files)
1940
11/7
Programming (General Files)
1950-1951
11/8
Programming (General Files)
1952-1955
11/9
Programming (General Files)
1956-1958
12/1
Programming - America's Great Story
1950
12/2
Programming - Around the World Press Conference Program
1958
12/3
Programming - Around the World Contest (trip)
1958
12/4
Programming - Best Program Contest
1937
12/5
Programming - Buchan's Musical Tune-O
1937
12/6
Programming - Count Bellingham's Blessings
1952
12/7
Programming - Dinner Bell Hour
1952
12/8
Programming - Education
1937-1958
12/9
Programming - Foreign Programming
1949-1958
12/10
Programming - Foreign Students
1957-1958
12/11
Programming - Forum Magazine
1956
12/12
Programming - GO (Grand Opening) Day
1953
12/13
Programming - Lebanese Records
1957
12/14
Programming - Music
1940
12/15
Programming - News
1951-1958
13/1
Programming - Newspaper-of-the-Air
1937
13/2
Programming - Operation Good Neighbor
1957
13/3
Programming - Overseas Television Project
1957-1958
13/4
Programming - Pacific Mid-Eastern High School Forum
1956
13/5
Programming - Public Service
1937-1947
13/6
Programming - Public Service
1948-1951
13/7
Programming - Public Service
1951-1958
14/1
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1934 April-August
14/2
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1934 September– October
14/3
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1934 November
14/4
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1934 December
14/5
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1935 January – February
14/6
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1935 March-May
14/7
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1935 June-July
15/1
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1935 August
15/2
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1935 September
15/3
Programming - Raw Transcripts
1935 October–December
Programming - Rocky Marciano
1961
Box/Folder
15/4
Publicity and clippings
15/5
Photographs
Box/Folder
16/1
Programming - Sports
1947-1949
16/2
Programming - Sports
1952-1954
16/3
Programming - Sports, High School
1957
16/4
Programming - Sunday Broadcasters
1949
16/5
Programming - World Wide Neighbors
1956-1957
Radio, AM
Box/Folder
16/6
Advertising
1950-1952
16/7
Construction Requests
1937; 1943
16/8
Equipment and Engineering
1936-1937
16/9
Telephone Transmission Charge (Contract)
1936-1937
Box/Folder
16/10
Radio, FM
1957-1958
16/11
Sales
1950-1953
16/12
Sales
1955-1957
16/13
Staff Memorandum
1940-1949
16/14
Staff Memorandum
1950-1955
16/15
Staff Memorandum
1956-1958
17/1
Stock Ownership Contracts
1937
17/2
Tri-County Directory
1950-1951
KVOS TV
Box/Folder
17/3
Cable
1950-1952
17/4
Cable
1953
17/5
Cable Accounts
1950-1952
17/6
Canada
1953-1954
17/7
Canada
1955-1958
17/8
Canada: De West
1953-1954
18/1
Community Antenna
undated
18/2
Community Antenna, Weekly Reports
1953
18/3
Deal
1954
18/4
Deal, Memo Re: Possible Sale
1960 June 17
18/5
Equipment and Engineering, Duplicating
1955
18/6
Equipment and Engineering
1952-1953
18/7
Equipment and Engineering
1954-1955
18/8
Equipment and Engineering
1956-1959
18/9
Financing (Prospective Sales)
1955
18/10
General
1950-1952
18/11
KPUG Conflict
1952-1953
18/12
New Transmitter Site
1953-1954
18/13
New Transmitter Site
1954-1958
Box/Folder
18/14
Lincoln County Broadcasters
1949-1952
18/15
Magnuson, Warren (U.S. Senator)
1948-1958
19/1
Mayor's Ferry Committee
1947-1948
19/2
Military Tours
1948-1949
19/3
Miller, Ralph
1947-1948
19/4
Mintz, David
1955-1959
19/5
Miscellaneous material
undated
19/6
Mount Vernon
1940
19/7
Mutual Broadcasting Company
1940-1950
19/8
National Association of Broadcasters
1935-1937
19/9
National Association of Broadcasters
1940-1952
19/10
National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters
1952
19/11
National Broadcasting Company
1953-1955
19/12
Northwest Washington District Fair
1940
19/13
Olympia
1946-1950
19/14
Pacific Broadcasting Company
1940
19/15
Pacific National Exhibit
1950
19/16
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
1940,; 1954
19/17
Pemberton, William H. (Judge)
1936-1937
20/1
Politics
1934-1951
20/2
Programming Services
1940-1949
20/3
Radio Corp of America
1936-1957
20/4
Radio Daily (Publication)
1940; 1953
20/5
Radio Stations- Construction Requests
1936-1937
20/6
Radio Stations- General Correspondence
1936-1954
20/7
Rainier Broadcasting Company
1940-1947
20/8
Reeves, Hal
1952
20/9
Reid, Gordon
1955
20/10
Retail Counselors Incorporated,
1951-1952
20/11
Robert Meeker Association Incorporated
1951-1952
20/12
Rotary Clubs
1956-1958
20/13
Rotary Clubs- Foreign Student Scholarship
1956-1957
20/14
SESAC
1950-1956
20/15
Sackett, Sheldon
1943-1944
20/16
Schellenbach, Lewis (U.S. Senator)
1940
20/17
Seifrit, Charles (Chuck)- The Bellingham Herald
1946-1951
20/18
Special Copyright Fund
undated
21/1
Surveys
1946-1951
21/2
Surveys
1956-1958
21/3
TV Incorporated
1956-1958
21/4
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
1949-1950
21/5
Taft and Warner Incorporated- Incorporation Papers
1924
21/6
Television- General Correspondence
1947-1950
21/7
Transradio Press
1940
U.S. Broadcasting Company
Box/Folder
21/8
Advertising Items
1930
21/9
Bulletin and Franchise
1930
21/10
District Plan Organization and Shipping Documents
undated
21/11
General Correspondence
1929 November-December
22/1
General Correspondence
1930 January
22/2
General Correspondence
1930 February
22/3
General Correspondence
1930 March
22/4
General Correspondence
1930 April
23/1
General Correspondence
1930 May
23/2
General Correspondence
1930 June
23/3
General Correspondence
1930 July
23/4
General Correspondence
1930 August
23/5
General Correspondence
undated
23/6
Program Records
undated; 1930
23/7
Prospectus
1930
23/8
Radio Franchise Applications
1930
23/9
Station Questionnaires
undated
Box/Folder
23/10
U.S. Congress
1956-1958
23/11
U.S. Congress- House Resolution 7062
1952
23/12
U.S. Congress- Senate Bills 217 & 218 (Copyright Law)
1937
23/13
U.S. Congress- Senate Radio Correspondent’s Gallery
1940
24/1
U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19)
1954
24/2
U.S.S.R.
1957-1958
24/3
Unions
1936-1950
24/4
United Press
1948-1958
24/5
Universal Publishers
1950-1951
24/6
Vickers, Loyal
1957
24/7
Wallgren, Mongram C.
1930
24/8
Washington State Association of Broadcasters
1936-1947
24/9
Washington State Association of Broadcasters
1948-1950
24/10
Washington State Association of Broadcasters
1951-1954
24/11
Washington State Association of Broadcasters
1956-1958
24/12
Washington State Radio News Bureau
1948-1954
24/13
Westcoast Broadcasters
1929-1954
24/14
Westcoast Broadcasters- Profit, Loss, Balance
1928-1932
24/15
Westcoast Broadcasters- Stockholders Meeting
1929-1939
25/1
Wometco
1972-1980
25/2
Wometco- Annual Report
1981
25/3
Wometco- KVOS, TV 12- British Columbia
1982-1983

Series II:   Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1930 - 1958Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
25/4
Clippings
1930s-1950s
25/5
Clippings re: war in Europe
1939
25/6
Clipping: "Our Respects to Rogan Jones," Broadcasting Telecasting,
1953 September 7
26/1
Scrapbooks
1933-1936
26/2
Scrapbooks
1934
26/3
Scrapbooks
1934-1935
26/4
Scrapbooks
1938-1941
26/5
Scrapbooks
1941-1947
26/6
Scrapbooks
1948-1950
26/7
Scrapbooks
1950-1953
26/8
Scrapbooks
1957-1958

Series III:   Audio Materials , 1938-1970, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Reel to Reel Tapes
circa 1938-1970
Box/Folder
27/1
Wallace Campbell Speech "What Makes A City Clique"
undated
27/1
American National Anthem and Telephone Conversation of Jack Clark and Fair Representative
undated
27/2
KVOS Radio-TV Operation 5000 Sound Track
undated
27/2
South African Speaker
undated
27/3
Peace Arch
1938-1940
27/3
KPUG v. KVOS Debate For Channel 12
1952 November 25
27/4
Rogan Jones Washington Club speech re: USSR
1958
27/4
Grayhouse and Tobin re: Frye Memorial Public Art Museum
1960 September 8
27/5
Gargett Gold Mine
1960 October 21
27/5
1927 Day KVOS-KGMI Broadcast
1961 August 2
27/6
40th Anniversary Broadcast (2 Reels)
1964 November 16
27/7
Rogan Jones' Presentation of a Stuffed Skunk to Virgil Barron
1966 January
27/7
Anniverary Show (KGMI 40th)
1967 November 15
28/1
KGMI 40th Birthday/Anniversary,
1967 November 15
28/2
Fred Weihe Sr. regarding the Gold Mining Of Ruby Creek
1970
28/2
Olga Pattison (daughter of A. Eckland) - Coal Mines, Lone Jack Mine
1970
28/3
Dick J. Kink "Slovonians Of Whatcom County"
1970 January 12
28/3
Peter Zuanich- Whatcom County Historical Society
1970 February 9
28/4
Jackie Lawson- interview with Mrs. Miriam Mathes
1970 November 17
28/4
Mary Peebles interview with Alfred Loop (edited)
1970 November 19
28/5
Mary Peebles interviews with George McCush, Hobart Dawson and Alfred Loop (raw tapes 1 and 2)
1970 November 19
28/6
Monroe McLauchlen (?) interview with Dr. Arthur Hicks
1970 November 20
28/6
Interviews with Dr. Arthur Hicks/Dr. Moyle Cederstrom/Ralph Neil
1970 November 20;; 1970 November 20; ; 1970 November 27
28/7
Don De Marco interviews with Mr. Vaughn Brown / Mr. Walley Lindsley (master reel)
1970 November 19;; 1970 November 30
28/7
Interviews with Mrs. Miriam Mathes/Mr. Vaughn Brown/Mr. Walley Lindsley (edited)
1970 November 17; ; 1970 November 19; ; 1970 November 30
29/1
Gary Harrod Interview with Dr. Moyle Cederstrom (unedited)
1970 November 20
29/1
James Austin- Interview with G. W. Gannon (unedited)
1970 December 7
29/2
Robin Probst- Interview with Miss Leona Sundquist
1970 December 7
29/2
Dr. Arthur Hicks- Discusses post effects of Fisher's firing
1970 December 9
29/3
Lynden Watts- Interview with Vernon Parberry on President Fisher
1970 December 9
29/3
Interview by John Stolpe with Dr. Paul Woodring discussing the Fisher firing and its aftermath
1970 December 9
29/4
unidentified reel
undated
Sub-series 2: Cassettes
1970
Box/Folder
29/5
Interviews with George Smith- and Bill Follis (2 tapes)
1970 November 17; ; 1970 December 1
29/5
Hal Reeves
undated

Series IV:   Visual Materials, 1982 , undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Photographs
Box/Folder
30/1
People
undated
30/2
Sailing Vessels (11 x 14 prints)
undated
Box/Folder
30/3
Illustration: James R. Williamson, "City of Ships,"
1982