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63 documents collected by Maxie Jones covering a wide variety of topics and sources: pilgrims' notes, letters of Shoghi Effendi, convention reports, Tablets, hymns, compilations, talks of Ruhiyyih Khanum, personal letters of early Bahá'ís.
See also Walter and Emma Jones Bahá'í Archive Photo Album. See also the Dwight Barstow Collection.

PDFs optimized and OCRed, and proofread Word documents prepared, by Mike Thomas (2021).

Emma Maxwell (Maxie) Jones Collection

compiled by Emma Maxie Jones and Ernie Jones

Emma Jones, Escondida CA, 1954
About: These documents are from my mother Emma (Maxie) H. Maxwell Jones (1906 - 1986). She was known to all of the early Bahá'ís as "Maxie"; she only started using "Emma" after she married my dad in 1932. She became a Bahá'í sometime around 1926 in Hawaii. She corresponded with many of the early Bahá'ís such as John and Louise Bosch, Agnes Alexander (who may have taught her the faith), Elizabeth Greenleaf, Mami Seto, Sadie Ellis, John & Valera Allen and many others. Her correspondence was sent to the National Archives many years ago. Both my parents spent their last years living and teaching on and off the Arizona and New Mexico Indian reservations and died in Cottonwood Arizona. The originals of the following documents are in the U.S. National Bahá'í Archives.

Other than the "Universe Chart," which was posted online here in 1998, to my knowledge none of the documents included in the transcriptions I have done are online or have been published — though there are obviously some of the documents (not yet transcribed) that have been published in earlier times.

The file MillieCollinsHaifa-1938.docx has a backstory: The copyist was Z. A. S. = Zahra A. Schoeny of Phoenix Arizona. She was well known everywhere for having her small manual typewriter in front of her working away - copying these documents, as there was no other way to disseminate information in those days. Here is her picture under the Big Tree at Geyserville for the annual celebration of John Bosch's birthday in 1932: zahra_schoeny_1932.jpg. [-E.J., 2021]

This project is ongoing, 2021-2022. Gradually items below will have their own dedicated webpages, like this. [-J.W. 2021]

Table of Contents

Filename Title Author Date
1 24QuestionsAnswers.docx
Twenty-four questions and answers in Bahá'í administration. Study Outline Committee ?
2 AAlexander41stConvention.docx
Excerpts from Agnes B Alexander's notes on the Annual Bahá'í Convention Agnes Alexander April 28, 1949
3 See abdul-baha_extract_tablet_palmistry Extract from a tablel regarding palmistry (see also Barstow collection dwight_barstow_collection_000-050.pdf, p. 3, which includes additional remarks by Shoghi Effendi) Abdul Baha Abbas ?
4 Abdul-Baha-Tablet-Shoghi-Effendi.docx
Tablet of Abdu'l-Bahá to Shoghi Effendi Dr. Zia M. Bagdadi Sep. 16, 1932
5 AdminSynopsis.pdf Synopsis Bahá'í administrative order Oni A. Finks after Bahá'í News #64
6 AgnesAlexanderHaifa-1937.docx
Notes of Shoghi Effendi's words taken by me at the dinner table in the Pilgrims House in Haifa, April 22nd to May 12th, 1937 Agnes B. Alexander April 22 - May 12 1937
7 AliceDudleyHaifa-1957.docx
Excerpts of notes by Alice Dudley of Orleans, France, during pilgrimage to Haifa April 15, to 23, 1957 Alice Dudley April 15 - 23 1957
8 AlineShaneDevinAcca-1907.docx
Extracts from notes taken at Acca, Oct 1907 by Aline Shane-Devin Aline Shane Devin Oct. 1907
9 AmeliaCollins-LA-1954.docx
Address to the Bahá'ís of Los Angeles, California July 12, 1954 by Mrs. Amelia Collins Amelia Collins July 12, 1954
10 AnnaGrossmanHaifa-1937.docx
In the presence of Shoghi Effendi in Haifa in April 1937 Mrs Anna Grossman & Elsa Grossman April 1937
11 See notes_third_intercontinental_conference Notes from 3rd Intercontinental Conference 1958 May, USA National Convention ? May 1958
12 AppreciationsAndStats-1972.docx
Appreciations of the Bahá'í Faith ? Sept. 1972
13 AQ-Faizi-Letter-Haifa.docx
Excerpted letter from Mr. Faizi to Linenberger family (some of the references to the Hidden Words used in these notes are not very clear) Mr. Faizi ?
14 Haifa Notes of Artemus Lamb Artemus Lamb Oct 21, 1953
15 ArtemusLambWestHollywood-1953.docx
Informal talk by Mr. Artemus Lamb before the West Hollywood Bahá'í Community Artemus Lamb Nov 4, 1953
16 BahaiEraChart.pdf Bahá'í Era Chart (page 38 of ?) ? After 1969
17 BahaiHymns.doc
The Bahá'í hymns. ? ?
18 BahaiHymnsShanazWaite.pdf Bahá'í hymns of peace and praise. See also and Louise R Waite (Shahnaz) 1908
19 BahaiTeachings-Christ.pdf The Bahá'í teachings concerning Christ ? ?
20 BahiyyihKhanum.docx
A letter from Bahiyyih Khanum Bahiyyih Khanum March 30, 1924
21 BookOfRevelation.pdf The book of revelations (pages 8 and 13 are missing, so no Word document has been made) Date & compiler unknown ?
22 ClinicsTaskForceDiscussions-1967.docx
Clinics and task force discussions (#17 - Reaching and teaching the Indians) Mr. Franklin Kahn April 27, 1967
23 ContactsWinstonEvans-1951.docx
Contacts; prepared by National Teaching Committee Winston Evans ?
24 ConventionNotes-1933.docx
Supplementary notes (1933 convention) Lottie Lindfoot 1933
25 DispensationsOfTime.pdf Dispensations of time – scriptural references ? ?
26 DivinePlanSkit.docx
The Divine Plan – (skit) (Zarha Schoeny of Phoenix AZ is one of the narrators so this would have been dated before 1943) ? before 1943
27 ECGetsingerLetter.docx
A copy of a letter written by Edward Getsinger (read before the Washington D.C., Baha’i Assembly, April 16, 1916). "Mrs. B" is probably Isabella Brittingham. E.C. Getsinger April 1, 1916
28 See notes_third_intercontinental_conference Notes taken by Emma Jones of Escondido California at the 3rd session of the Intercontinental Conference, Sunday the 4th of May, 1958 in Chicago Ill. Emma Jones May 4, 1958
29 Furutan-Proofs-Will-Testament.docx
Proofs of the authenticity of the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 'Ali Akbar Furutan Dec, 1974
30 GreatestName-MayMaxwell.docx
Elucidation of the meaning of the Greatest Name by 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Mirza Abu'l Fadl May Maxwell ?
31 GroupDynamics.docx
Group dynamics ? After 1953
32 GroupFreedomLeadershipStrength.docx
Group freedom, leadership, strength ? ?
33 HaifaLSA-1938.docx
To the Friends, throughout the East and the West, through the Spiritual Assemblies (page 27 of ?) Haifa LSA Feb, 1938
34 HiddenWordsStudy-Coy.docx
Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh (This was course given at Green Acre Baha’i School, 1955. Dr Genevieve L. Coy who conducted this course has generously shared it with American National Teaching Committee, and has given permission for us to share it with the Area Teaching Committees, and the believers, generally. We are issuing it to the Area Teaching Committee, 1956.) Dr. Genevieve L. Coy Mar 10, 1956
35 HolyMariner-Fazl.docx
The Holy Mariner (copied from Dr. E.C. Getsinger’s copy - 1935 Jan. 8) Jenabi Fazl (Jináb-i-Fáḍil-i-Mázindarání) Before Jan 8, 1935
36 HoraceHolleyWilmette-1956.docx
Spiritual Spring - a talk given by Horace Holley, temple foundation hall, Naw Ruz 1956 Horace Holley Naw-Ruz 1956
37 KitabIqanStudy-McCormick-1958.docx
A new and effective way to study the Kitab-i-Igan (prepared by Marjorie McCormick Geyserville Baha’i School July 1958) Margery McCormick July, 1958
38 LucyMarshal-19thCanadianConv-1927.docx
Convention Report (Taken from the report of Lucy Jane Marshall, delegate from San Francisco, to the 19th Baha’i Convention, held in Montreal Canada, May 19th, 1927. This is the first convention of the Baha’is to be held in Canada.) Lucy Jane Marshall May 19th, 1927
39 MakingDecisions.docx
Possibly a study guide used by Emma. Nothing is known about this document, other than it appears someone wrote the document numbers and T or F on the back with a carbon on the front. ? ?
40 MayMaxwellNotes-1949.docx
Words Written by beloved May Maxwell which she permitted me to copy - Agnes Alexander May Maxwell Copied Oct. 1949
41 MillieCollinsHaifa-1938.docx
Notes taken from a talk given by Mrs Collins about her months visit in Haifa (Copied by Zahral A. Schoeny. I can remember her with her little portable typewriter wherever she went. [-E.J.]) Millie Collins Copied 2/10/1938 Z. A. S.
42 MunavarKhanumDream.docx
Dream of Monaver Khanum Monaver Khanum ?
43 NavajoCeremonial.docx
A comparative of dynamics in Navajo ceremonial and the Bahá'í World Faith ? ?
44 PerpetualCalendar.pdf Perpetual Bahá'í calendar (Published by Bahá'í Publishing Committee U.S.A. The 7 x 9 inch Perpetual Calendar is printed on plate finish paper and glued to a cardstock backing.) Dr. Morgan Edna McKinney ?
45 ProgressiveRevelation-Original.pdf
Progressive revelation (authorized by NSA). Links to the left are (1) to the original scanned version, date unknown (possibly 1940-1950s), and (2) a digitized version prepared in 2005. See also a picture of my father, Walter Jones, teaching in the Gallup Bahá'í center during the 1960s, who likely used this chart as inspiration for his own chart for teaching the native People. Teaneck NJ LSA 1940s-50s?
46 ReturnOfChrist.pdf The return of Christ Mrs. Gene Crist After Bahá'í News #118
47 RuhiyyihKhanumAddress-1953.docx
Public address of Ruhiyyih Khanum (1953 Conference in Wilmette) Ruhiyyih Khanum 1953
48 RuhiyyihKhanumFirstCanadianConvention-1948.docx
To the Delegates and Friends attending the First Canadian National Bahá'í Convention. This document compared with, and supplement with information from, the copy online at Ruhiyyih Khanum 1948
49 RuhiyyihKhanumLetter-1943.docx
Excerpts from a letter from Ruhiyyih Khanum and distributed by the National Teaching Committee with her permission. Ruhiyyih Khanum Dated July 31, 1943 - rec’d Sept. 1, 1943
50 RuhiyyihKhanumOttowaCanada-1960.docx
Notes of address by hand of the cause Ruhiyyih Khanum in Ottawa Ontario Ruhiyyih Khanum [R, White (notetaker)] May 27, 1960
51 RuhiyyihKhanumPersonalRemarks-1953.docx
Ruhiyyih Khanum's personal remarks to the friends Ruhiyyih Khanum [R, White (notetaker)] 1953
52 RuhiyyihKhanum-YouthLetter.docx
To the Bahá'í youth Ruhiyyih Khanum ?
53 SamandariHawthorne.docx
Notes taken from visit of Mr. Samandari - hand of the cause at Hawthorne Calif. Mr. Samandari ?
54 SAQ_1st-ed_Outline.pdf An outline for study of Some Answered Questions (Vogel Park, Cleveland GA) Mrs. H. Emogene Hoagg June 14-21 1941
55 Shoghi-Effendi_Leroy_Ioas-1935.docx
Extract of letter of Shoghi Effendi to Leroy Ioas through H. Rabbini dated Nov. 14. 1935. A larger selection of this is found iná'í_News/Issue_102 pp. 2-3 Shoghi Effendi November 14, 1935
56 Shoghi-Effendi_Macy_Neb-1947.docx
To the Bahá'ís of Macy Nebraska. This was published in a booklet, "To The Indian And Eskimo Bahá'í's of The American Continent" by Ruhiyyih Khanum, p. 11 R. Rabbani / Shoghi December 21, 1947
57 SignificantEvents.docx
Significant events in Bahá'í history ? After 1969
58 SpiritualReinforcement-1959.docx
For spiritual reinforcement NSA of USA Publication between 1957 - Aug 1959
59 SpiritualReinforcement-Quizzes.docx
For spiritual reinforcement quiz No. 1 NSA of USA Publication between 1957 - Aug 1959
60 TeachingTheCauseSummary.docx
Summary of some practical suggestions (page 10 of a larger document, size unknown) ? ?
61 TheUniverseChart.pdf The Universe Chart, also online at (This chart, 2 copies, one with text on 11 x 17 inch card stock folded in the center comprising 2 pages, printed both sides and a smaller copy 8.5 x 11 inches with no text.) Lua Getsinger & C.D. Kelsey 4/5/58
62 TheUniverseChartSmall.pdf The small Universe Chart (This smaller 7 x 8.75 inch chart was probably produced about the same time (1958) along with the Large chart. This chart has a handwritten note on back.) Lua Getsinger & C.D. Kelsey ?
63 TwoComingsOfMessiah.docx
Two comings of Messiah as foretold in the Hebrew scriptures ? ?
64 wilmette_temple_postcard_undated.docx
Color print of the original drawing of the Temple, before it was built. See Original Wilmette Bahá’í Temple Design - Earliest Watercolor. These images were scanned in 2001, front and back, at what was a very high resolution for the time. ? 1912
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