PAPERS, 1930-2003

15 linear inches

ACQUISITION: The papers (donor no. 285) were donated by Marion Jones Clark in 1995 and 2004.

ACCESS: The papers are open for research.

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


PROCESSED BY: Angela Swanson, 1996; Lindsay E. Shannon, 2008.



         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.


Scope and Content Note

         The Marion Jones Clark papers date from 1930 to 2003 and measure 15 linear inches. The papers are arranged in two series: Personal and Professional.

         The Personal series (1930-2003 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.


Box no. Description

Box 1
                                     High school, 1930-1934 [diploma closed for conservation], 1984
                                                 50th reunion program
                                     Undergraduate, 1934-1938, 1993 [music certificate closed
                                                 for conservation]
                                     Graduate, 1938-1940
                                     Income tax forms
                                           Federal, 1940-1959
                                           State, 1941-1959
                                     Yearly accounts
                                           1960-1997 (3 folders) [shelved in Box 3]

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

                               Department of Bacteriology, State University of Iowa
                                     Administrative reports and bulletin, 1941, 1952-1958
                                     Job offers and letters of appointment, 1940-1959
                                     Journal articles, 1941-1959
                                     Laboratory manuals and reports
                                           1956 and undated
                                     Lists of grants and speeches, 1951-1959
                               Iota Sigma Pi, 1956

Box 3             
                     Personal (cont.)
                               Finances, Yearly accounts (cont.)
                                    1960-1997 (3 folders)