Jenkins, Marie M. Papers, 1951-1979 *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Marie Magdalen Jenkins, 1906-
Title:
Marie M. Jenkins Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0180
Date:
1951-1979
Extent:
5 boxes, 1.65 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
This collection consists of five boxes containing mostly Dr. Jenkins' research notes on planarians during the years 1963-1974. A few folders contain records and correspondence relating to her teaching and research at James Madison University and other professional activities from 1959 to 1979.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Marie M. Jenkins Papers, 1959-1979, SC 0180, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Bio/Historical Note

Marie Magdalen Jenkins was born September 26, 1906 in Eldorado, Illinois. After attending Phillips University, she taught in elementary and secondary schools in Oklahoma until 1942. At that time she took vows as Sister Mary Scholastica in the Benedictine Order. She completed her Master's degree at Catholic University in 1951, and taught or worked in Catholic schools until 1957, when she left the Order and entered the University of Oklahoma. In the late 1950s and early 1960s she taught zoology there while completing her Ph.D. Dr. Jenkins came to the Biology Department of Madison College (now James Madison University) in 1962, and retired from there in 1975.

For thirty years before she retired, Dr. Jenkins conducted original research on planarians (flatworms), particularly the relationship between aging and reproduction. She discovered that, contrary to previous thought, planarians do not live forever, and she gained an international reputation as an expert on the animals. For several years in the early 1970s, Dr. Jenkins raised and sold planarians for laboratory use. In the late 1970s, an Italian researcher named a new planarian species after her (Dugesia jenkinsae), after identifying it among specimens she had sent him.

Although she had been contributing to the professional science literature, starting in the late 1960s Dr. Jenkins began to pursue seriously a lifelong interest in writing for a broader audience. In 1969 her first science book for children, Moon jelly swims through the sea, was published, followed by: Animals without parents (1970; The Curious mollusks (1972); Embryos and how they develop (1975); Kangaroos, opossums and other marsupials (1975); Goats, sheep and how they live (1978); and Deer, moose, elk and their family (1979). Several of these were listed in Bowker's second edition of Best books for children, in 1981. All are available in Special Collections.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists mostly of Dr. Jenkins' research notes on planarians during the years 1963-1974. A few folders contain records and correspondence relating to her teaching and research at James Madison University and other professional activities from 1959 to 1979.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series: 1. Correspondence, records, & publications. 2. Planarian Research. The order imposed by the creator was maintained.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

RevisedConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. April 20142013-11-21

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Dr. Jenkins donated these papers to the library in September 1987.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5001.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)

Subject

  • Planaria -- Research
  • Invertebrates -- Research
  • Planaria as laboratory animals
  • Dugesia dorotocephala -- Research
  • Dugesia dorotocephala -- Physiology
  • Dugesia dorotocephala -- Reproduction
  • Regeneration (Biology)
  • Physiology, Comparative
  • Dugesia dorotocephala -- Metabolism

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, records, publications, 1951-1979

Title/Description Instances
JMU correspondence, 1959-1963 box 1 folder 1
JMU correspondence, 1964-1975 box 1 folder 2
JMU official records, 1963-1971 box 1 folder 3
NIH other grants, corresp. records, 1957-1975 box 1 folder 4
VA Acad. of Sciences corres. records, 1963-1970 box 1 folder 5
6 Book correspondence, 1972-1979 box 1 folder 6
Planarian correspondence, 1969-1974 box 1 folder 7
Publications, 1951-1975 box 1 folder 8

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Series 2: Planarian research, 1963-1974

Title/Description Instances
I series box 1 folder 9
I series box 1 folder 10
I series box 1 folder 11
I series box 1 folder 12
I series box 1 folder 13
I series box 1 folder 14
I series box 1 folder 15
I series box 1 folder 16
I series box 2 folder 1
I series box 2 folder 2
I series box 2 folder 3
I series box 2 folder 4
I series box 2 folder 5
I series box 2 folder 6
I series box 2 folder 7
II series box 2 folder 8
II series box 2 folder 9
II series box 2 folder 10
II series box 2 folder 11
II series box 2 folder 12
II series box 2 folder 13
III series box 3 folder 1
IV series box 3 folder 2
IV series box 3 folder 3
IV series box 3 folder 4
IV series box 3 folder 5
IV series box 3 folder 6
IV series box 3 folder 7
IV series box 3 folder 8
IV series box 3 folder 9
IV series box 3 folder 10
V series box 3 folder 11
V series box 3 folder 12
V series box 3 folder 13
V series box 3 folder 14
VI series box 3 folder 15
VI series box 3 folder 16
VI series box 3 folder 17
VII series box 4 folder 1
VIII-IX series box 4 folder 2
X series box 4 folder 3
A series box 4 folder 4
F5 series box 4 folder 5
B series box 4 folder 6
B series box 4 folder 7
B series box 4 folder 8
B series box 4 folder 9
B series box 4 folder 10
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 11
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 12
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 13
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 14
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 15
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 16
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 17
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 18
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 19
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 20
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 21
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 22
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 23
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 24
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 25
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 26
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 27
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 28
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 29
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 30
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 31
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 32
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 33
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 34
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 35
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 36
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 37
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 38
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 39
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 40
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 41
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 42
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 43
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 44
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 45
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 46
Miscellaneous series, mostly crosses box 4 folder 47
Aging box 4 folder 48
Body fission, sexual, 1971 box 4 folder 49
Data, 1973 box 4 folder 50
Latitude planarians, 1970 box 4 folder 51
Phosphohexose box 4 folder 52
Pooled deviation box 4 folder 53
Regeneration/aging - cocoons, 1969-1974 box 4 folder 54
Tables - fission, sexual, 1971 box 4 folder 55
D series box 5 folder 1
D series box 5 folder 2
F3 Series box 5 folder 3
W series box 5 folder 4
W series box 5 folder 5
W series box 5 folder 6
Z series box 5 folder 7
Moon phase box 5 folder 8
Texas box 5 folder 9
3 notebooks box 5
Worm Runner's Digest, 1959-1964

6 issues

box 5

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