Title: The Arthur Jones Collection
Scope: The photograph library of the Friendship Circle of Showland Fans (FCFS). This collection includes much new material relating to famous fairs, engines and rides. As well as containing a full bound set of 'Merry-Go-Round' journals and numerous books, letters and other journals. The collection includes various catalogues and notebooks documenting the use of traction engines on the fairground.
Extent: 1,827 photographs, 1 box
Name of creator: Arthur Jones
Administrative / biographical history: Arthur was the librarian of the original fairground enthusiast organisation the Friendship Circle of Showland Fans (FCSF). His role was to coordinate the borrowing of photograph albums and books. The nature of the prominence of certain individual members in the FCSF, and its over-riding imperative to document a 'bygone era' through its rapid disappearance meant that much of the photographic material of the FCSF became homogenised. Arthur's own photographs, taken in and around his Burton-on-Trent base, were not widely circulated apart from his more 'obvious' images of rides, organs and engines.
Arthur had a keen eye and fascination for documenting the social scene of the fairground. Most of his images came from the visits of the Pat Collins firm to Burton-on-Trent, Arthur's regular ventures east in neighbouring Leicestershire to see the Holland families and the odd trip into the bordering Derbyshire to see showmen such as Tom Jervis.
Related Collections: Stuart Johnstone
Source: Donated by Arthur Jones' son, Glynn Jones
System of arrangement: Catalogued by type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Showpeople, Family Collections, Transport, Fairground Organs, Fairground Rides, Fairground Art, Travelling Entertainment
Conditions of access: Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room
Copyright: Copies may by supplied or produced at the discretion of the National Fairground Archive, subject to copyright law and condition of material
Finding aids: Photographs available on NFA Digital. Online finding aid available here