The 'A. Quinn Jones Collection' spans the career of Mr. Jones as an educator in Gainesville, Florida from 1915 through 1957. The collection contributes to the preservation of early educational achievement of African American education in Gainesville, Florida, prior to integration of the school system. It features photos, commencement programs, names of faculty members, schedule of classes, papers, letters, family tree, family portraits, personal papers, and materials regarding the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church.
The career of Allen Quinn Jones, Sr. spanned over forty-two years as teacher and principal of Alachua County's most important school for African American students, Lincoln High School. Jones earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida A&M College, in Tallahassee, and a Masters degree from Hampton Institute in Virginia. He also studied at New York University. Jones joined the staff of Lincoln High School as principal in 1923. Lincoln High School graduated its first class in 1925; and, in 1926, under A. Quinn Jones' leadership, it became the second accredited black high school in Florida to offer an education through the 12th-grade. Throughout his carreer, Jones also taught at Florida A&M University and at Bethune-Cookman College.