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Guide to the Marion Jones Clark papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1930-1995
Creator: Clark, Marion Jones (1916- )
Extent: 10.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0204
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Bacteriologist and assistant professor at the University of Iowa, 1940s to ca. 1960.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Box 2

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 285) were donated by Marion Jones Clark in 1995.

Preferred Citation: Marion Jones Clark papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

Marion Jones Clark was born on August 9, 1916 and graduated from Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Indiana, in 1934. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, receiving her A.A. degree in 1936. Continuing with her undergraduate education, she attended Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, graduating with distinction with a B.S. in bacteriology and chemistry in 1938. She attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and earned an M.S. in medical microbiology in 1940. She was the recipient of a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation scholarship.

Marion Jones worked for the Department of Bacteriology at the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) beginning in the July 1940. Working initially as the Assistant Hospital Bacteriologist and later as Assistant Professor of the Department of Bacteriology, her responsibilities included laboratory instructions for medical and dental students, nurses instruction, and a separate course for liberal arts and graduate students in diagnostic microbiology. Her research interests centered on tissue culture methods in microbiology and physiology. Clark is a member of many organizations, including the Society of American Bacteriologists, Sigma Xi and Iota Sigma Pi (national honors societies for women in chemistry).

Marion Jones Clark has had a long standing interest in orchestral music. She played viola in the orchestras at Stephens College, Purdue University and later in Iowa City. In 1959 she married Arnold Clark, a physicist who worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore, California. The Clarks retired in Livermore and volunteer in the local schools, assisting music students who play stringed instruments, and perform with the local community orchestra.

The Marion Jones Clark papers date from 1930 to 1995 and measure 10 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Personal and Professional.

The Personal series (1930-1995 and undated) contains primarily diplomas, certificates and transcripts dealing with Marion Jones Clark's education from high school to graduate school, her state and federal income tax forms, and yearly expenditure accounts from 1940 to 1959. During World War II, Marion Jones kept precise financial records and accumulated years of income tax forms to keep track of expenditures. Her war ration books along with her mileage ration records are included here. Photographs of Clark and her family, including her husband Arnold Clark, her three stepsons, Arnold Clark's parents, her sister-in-law, and her baby grandchild, complete the series.

The Professional series (1940-1960 and undated) concerns Marion Jones' career in the Department of Bacteriology at the State University of Iowa. This series contains departmental administrative reports and a bulletin with a photograph of Marion Jones. Also included are job offers and letters of appointment from the department and her laboratory manuals and reports.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: Personal
Series 2: Professional
Series 3: Personal (cont.)

  • Series 1: Personal
  • Sub-Series: Education
  • Box 1:
  • High school - 1930-1934
    [diploma closed for conservation], 1984
  • 50th reunion program
  • Undergraduate - 1934-1938
    [music certificate closed for conservation], 1993
  • Graduate - 1938-1940
  • Sub-Series: Finances
  • Box 1:
  • Federal ncome tax forms - 1940-1959
  • State income tax forms - 1941-1959
  • Yearly accounts - 1940-1946
  • Yearly accounts - 1947-1959
  • Sub-Series: Artifacts
  • Box 2:
  • Social security and insurance cards, undated
  • Thank you cards - 1995
  • World War II ration books, undated
  • Photographs - 1952-1992
  • Christmas Mailings - 1948-2003
  • Newspaper Clippings - 1997
  • Series 2: Professional
  • Sub-Series: Department of Bacteriology, State University of Iowa
  • Box 2:
  • Administrative reports
  • and bulletin - 1941, 1952-1958
  • Job offers and letters of appointment
  • Journal articles - 1941-1959
  • Laboratory manuals and reports
  • Laboratory manuals and reports - 1956-1960
  • Lists of grants and speeches - 1951-1959
  • Sub-Series: Organizations
  • Box 2:
  • Iota Sigma Pi - 1956
  • Series 3: Personal (cont.)
  • Sub-Series: Finances
  • Box 3:
  • Yearly accounts - 1960-1997
    (3 folders)