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Marion Jones Clark papers

Identifier: IWA0204

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Scope and Contents

The Marion Jones Clark papers date from 1930 to 2003 and measure 10 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Personal and Professional.

The Personal series (1930-2003 and undated) contains primarily correspondence, educational records (including diplomas, certificates and transcripts from high school to graduate school), and financial records. During World War II, Marion Jones kept precise annual financial records and accumulated years of income tax forms to keep track of expenditures, both of which are reflected in her papers. Her war ration books along with her mileage ration records are included here. The correspondence includes thank-you cards and annual Christmas letters sent by Clark to family and friends summarizing the events of the year. The newspaper clipping included in this series describes Clark and her husband's work as volunteers with the music program at a local middle school. 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, letters of appointment from the department, and her laboratory manuals and reports.


  • Creation: 1930-2003


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

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.


10.00 linear inches

Photographs in Box 2 boxes

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Bacteriologist and assistant professor at the University of Iowa, 1940s to ca. 1960.

Method of Acquisition

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

Angela Swanson, 1996.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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