This collection of mining safety engineer John Jones, includes speeches, publications, newspaper clippings, printed material, research material and subject files on coal mining,
safety reports, patents, maps, photographs, and artifacts. The collection provides impressive documentation of coal mining in southern Illinois during 1920s and 1930s, Of note is material focusing on safety issues including reports, coal and mine safety devices, and subject files on mine disasters. Mining organizations represented in the collection include the Illinois Coal Operators, Illinois Mining Investigation Committee, Mine Inspectors of America, National Coal Association, United Mine Workers of America, and the United States Bureau of Mines. Also included in the collection is John Jones' autobiography.