Jones Academy

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Jones Academy was established initially as an all-male boarding school. It became a co-ed school in 1955 when Wheelock Academy closed and the female students from that school were transferred there. In 1988, Jones Academy became a tribally controlled school by the Choctaw Nation. Students are enrolled from all parts of Oklahoma and at least 25 other states. All students must be members of a federally recognized tribe. The school is located about 5 miles northeast of Hartshorne, Oklahoma.


Many of the records of Jones Academy are located in the collections of the National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth), Texas. Included in those records are:

  • Student case files, 1920-1981

Some records of Jones Academy may be embedded in the records of the Muskogee Area Office and the Five Civilized Tribes Agency, many of which are housed at the National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth).

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Jones Male Academy, 1912-1935 are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Roll 67, available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (their microfilm number 1724285).

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City also has microfilm copies of Permanent High School Records, 1928-1942 and Enrollment Records, 1936-1952 for Jones Academy.

A census of the employees and pupils of Jones Male Academy in 1930 is part of the regular federal census for that year. The listing is part of the listing for Dow Township, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma (Enumeration District #-------).


  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
  • Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
  • Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
  • "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.

Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States

Oklahoma Historical Society. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.