Jones collection

Rev. Clinton Mellen Jones

Reverend Clinton Mellen Jones (1829-1917) spent fifty years observing and collecting birds in the New England area. His family donated his collection of 600 mounted birds, 8,000 eggs, and detailed ornithological journals to the Museum of Natural History.  

Jones was born in Pownal, Maine on December 26, 1829. He graduated from Amhurst College and the Hartford Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a Congregational minister in 1869, and served until his death in 1917 at age 85.

Jones was well-known as a serious amateur naturalist in New England. He lectured regularly in schools, colleges and clubs and wrote many articles for magazines and newspapers. He started his collection in 1875. For 50 years he systematically recorded his daily bird observations in a series of journals.

In 1926 his son, Frederick E. Jones of Newburg-on-Hudson, NY, and his daughter, Mildred S. Jones of Woodstock, CN, donated Jones' collection of 600 mounted birds and 8,000 eggs, along with the journals. George T. Baker, president of the Iowa State Board of Education, was instrumental in helping to acquire the collection.The Jones birds in Hageboeck Hall of Birds are designated with a "C. M. Jones" collector label.