Connection to The Jones Library
Over the course of his life, Robert Francis established a close relationship with The Jones Library. He was a frequent patron and often used a study on the third floor.
Francis wanted others to enjoy coming to The Jones Library as well. He gave several poetry readings, pushed for more violin compositions to be available in the library for young musicians, and even wrote up plans for an herb garden in the back of the library, including six reasons why it would be beneficial.
Robert Francis was initially invited to speak at Founders Day in 1957. He had to decline as he was in Italy, having received a fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, however he committed an entire year in advance to speak at the next Founders Day in 1958. He spoke again at the 1980 celebration.
Their respect and love for Francis continued, and in 1986, The Jones Library hosted his 85th birthday party. The occassion was celebrated by many of his friends, including four who read several of his poems as part of the festivities.