Robert Trent Jones, Jr., ASGCA and Rees Jones, ASGCA, the sons of Robert Trent Jones Sr., have donated their father’s plans, records, and correspondence to Cornell University Library, providing the school with a lasting legacy of one of its graduates (Class of 1930).
The collection covers Jones’ entire career, from his Cornell graduation to his death in 2000 at age 93. The records from his office include personal correspondence with Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead, as well as sketches, photographs, and contracts documenting courses he designed.
Jones fashioned his own program of golf course architecture at Cornell, as the major did not yet exist. He took classes in landscape architecture, agronomy, horticulture, hydraulics, surveying, economics, and public speaking.
Cornell University Archivist Elaine Engst said in a news release that it may take up to two years to organize all of Jones’ records.
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