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Jenkins papers

Jenkins papers, 1951-1974;
Jenkins papers
Inclusive dates
  • This collection contains mostly Dr. Jenkins' research notes on planarians (flatworms) along with correspondence, records, and publications on the subject. Series 1. includes JMU correspondence and official records (incl. early exchanges between William Mengebier, Biology Dept. Head at Madison College and Jenkins while a researcher at the University of Oklahoma); correspondence and records concerning NIH and other grants and the Va. Academy of Science; book correspondence with a children's book publisher; correspondence with planarian researchers; and official publications
  • Series 2. is divided into subseries labeled by roman numerals (I- X); various letters (A, B, D, F3, F5, W, & Z) and other categories (Misc. series, mostly crosses; aging; bod-fission, sexual; data; latitude & planarians; phosphohexose; pooled deviations; regeneration/aging-cocoons; Tables-fission, sexual; moon phase; and Texas). Many subs eries are dated
Biographical or historical data
  • Marie Magdalen Jenkins was born Sept. 26, 1909 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 1950's and early 1960's she taught zoology there while completing her Ph.D. Dr. Jenkins came to the Biology Dept. at Madison College (now JMU) in 1962, and retired from there in 1975. For thirty years Dr. Jenkins conducted original research on planarians in particular studying the relationship between aging and reproduction. For several years in the early 1970's, she raised and sold planarians for laboratory use; in the late 1970's an Italian researcher named a new species after her (Dugesia jenkinsae), after identifying it among specimens she had sent him.
  • Dr. Jenkins has not only contributed to professional sci ence literature but also to childrens' literature as well. 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 2d ed. of "Best books for children" in 1981. All are available in Special Collections.
Cataloging source
Jenkins papers
Also known as the Marie M. Jenkins papers; Marie Jenkins papers
Series 1. Correspondence, records, & publications (Folders 1-8 of Box 1: 1951-1979); Series 2. Planarian research (Folders 9-16 of Box 1; Folders 1-13, Box 2; Folders 1-17, Box 3; Folders 1-56, Box 4; and Folders 1-9 + 3 notebooks and 6 issues of Worm Runner's Digest, Box 5: 1963-1974). Overall series are given in arabic numbers; some subseries in Series 2 are identified by roman numerals. The order imposed by the creator was maintained.
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Cumulative index finding aids
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5 Hollinger boxes (114 folders; 3 notebooks; and 6 issues of Worm Runner's Digest)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Dr. Jenkins donated these papers to the Library in Sept., 1987.

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