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Margaret Zee Jones papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.144

Series Description

(1) RESEARCH. 1970-2000. This series includes laboratory books, grant accounts, human and caprine MPS IIID research, and bovine and caprine beta mannosidosis research. The following were transferred to series (14) RESTRICTED: box 2804 folder 13; box 2810 folders 17 and 20.

(2) MEDICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM. 1967-2000. The Medical Education Curriculum series consists of assignments, exams, programmed texts, and curriculum development. These materials were primarily used at Michigan State University and the Medical College of Virginia.

(3) PROFESSIONAL. 1967-2010. This series is comprised of Jones’s medical licenses, awards, curriculum vitae and biographical sketches, academic appointments, diplomas, patents, publications featuring Jones, self evaluations, continuing medical education, faculty activity forms, and membership in professional organizations (e.g., American Association of Neuropathologists, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research). The following were transferred to series (14) RESTRICTED: box 2801 folders 1-6, 8-9, and 11.

(4) REGIONAL NEUROMUSCULAR DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY. 1972-2000. This series consists of records from the Regional Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory at Michigan State University, including correspondence, budgets, grants, progress reports, brochures, manuals, and consultations.

(5) SABBATICALS AND TRAVEL. 1970-2000. This series includes curriculum, research, correspondence, souvenirs, consultations, travel arrangements, reports, and notebooks from Jones’s sabbaticals and other trips abroad. The following were transferred to series (14) RESTRICTED: box 2820 folder 10; box 2821 folders 9, 10, and; 14.

(6) HOSPITAL TRAINING AND SERVICE. 1974-1998. The Hospital Training and Service series is comprised of consultations and brain cutting demonstrations that Jones provided at numerous area hospitals.

(7) MICHIGAN DEMENTIA POSTMORTEM NETWORK. 1989-1999. This series includes the MDPN’s meeting notes, reports, brochures, manuals, legislation information, correspondence, and funding information.

(8) WRITINGS. 1960-2004. The Writing series consists of drafts and reprints of articles Jones wrote for professional journals and other publications.

(9) CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS. 1969-2009. This series includes presentations Jones and colleagues gave at conferences and other materials from conferences attended.

(10) CORRESPONDENCE. 1970-2005. This series is comprised of research and general correspondence- letters, faxes, and email. These records are divided into decades and arranged alphabetically. Some correspondence is arranged by date (e.g., late 1990s email correspondence).

(11) MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. 1970-2000. The MSU series includes records relating to the administration of the Department of Pathology, correspondence with MSU administrators, notes, meeting minutes, and other information regarding university committees Jones served on.

(12) EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION. 1936-1965. The Education series consists of class notes, papers, examinations, yearbooks, and other documents from Jones’s education (high school, undergraduate, medical school, and her first residency).

(13) SEMINARY EDUCATION AND CHAPLAINCY. 1998-2009 Materials from Jones’s seminary education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (G-ETS) include class notes, commencement photographs and program, M.Div diploma and college transcripts. Reflections, self-evaluations, supervisor evaluations, work reports, and statistical reports from Clinical Pastoral Education at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center are also included in this series. The West Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry sub-series consists of annual updates, sermons, correspondence, continuing education, W.A.R.P. mentoring group records, and other materials from the endorsement process. Finally, the Hospice sub-series includes Jones’s position description, time-off requests, continuing education, memorial services, bereavement resources and training materials, notebooks, and Camp Forget-Me-Not papers.

(14) AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS. 1960s-2000. This series includes photographs and negatives, 35 mm slides, videotapes, audio cassette and microcassette tapes. These materials relate to neuropathology instruction (mostly instructional aides, some photos of students), research (animals, necropsies, ultrasounds, experiments, examinations, photos of research team), presentations, and social events.

(15) MICROSCOPE SLIDES. Included in this series are stained and unstained microscope slides primarily from Dr. Jones’ MPSIIID and β-mannosidosis research.

(16) RESTRICTED. The Restricted series is comprised of grants, Jones’s notes, calendars, and some professional materials. Materials are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. Records in the Restricted series must be reviewed by an archivist before being accessed.


  • Creation: 1936 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research with restrictions. As deemed necessary by reference archivist, some materials are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Margaret E. Zee was born on June 24, 1936 in Swedesboro, New Jersey. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957 and a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1961. In 1959 she married John W. Jones, M.D., whom she met while attending MCV. Jones completed her residency in Pathology and Neuropathology at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in 1965. She then returned to MCV where she worked as an Instructor of Neuropathology until 1969.

From 1970 to 2000 Margaret Zee Jones was a professor of pathology at Michigan State University. Jones developed innovative curriculum, such as modular instruction units and over 30 Neurological Problem Solving Exercises, which were used in the College of Human Medicine, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and at other universities. From 1975 to 2000 Jones researched many diseases, including caprine β-mannosidosis, human and caprine Mucopolysaccharidosis IIID (MPS IIID), and bovine β-mannosidosis.

Jones held numerous appointments during her career at MSU. She served as the Director of the Regional Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory in the Department of Pathology from 1975 until her retirement. From 1983 to 1984 Jones was an Honorary Consultant/Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. She also served as a consultant to numerous area hospitals, including William Beaumont Hospital, McLaren Hospital, and Hurley Hospital.

Beginning in 1998 Jones attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (G-ETS) in Evanston, Illinois. From 1999 to 2000 she held a chaplain internship at Presbyterian Homes. Jones completed two clinical pastoral education rotations; first at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois (2000-2001) and the second at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina (2002). Jones earned her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in 2001. Following graduation, Jones served on the G-ETS Board of Trustees.

From 2002 to December 21, 2009, Jones worked as a chaplain and bereavement coordinator with McLaren Visiting Nurse and Hospice (also known as Ingham Visiting Nurse and Hospice). In addition to serving the spiritual needs of McLaren Hospice patients, she delivered sermons at local churches, officiated funerals and memorial services, and assisted with Camp Forget-Me-Not, a day camp for grieving children.

Concurrently with seminary education and chaplaincy, Jones underwent the ordination process to become an Elder in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church in June 2005. According to Jones: “This sequence included initial “Candidacy” so as a first year seminary student in 1998-99 I was classified as a “Candidate.” After Candidacy is Commissioning: In 2002, I was “Commissioned” as a “Probationary Elder”, and retained this status for 3 years. Each year there was an annual review by a body called the “Board of Ordained Ministry” and this body is part of the “West Michigan Conference” of the “United Methodist Church”.” During the probationary stage, she was part of a mentoring group known as W.A.R.P. (Worship, Administration, Relationships, Pastoral role).


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Organized into sixteen series: 1. Research. 2. Medical Education Curriculum. 3. Professional. 4. Regional Neuromusicular Diagnostic Laboratory. 5. Sabbaticals and Travel. 6. Hospital Training and Service. 7. Michigan Dementia Postmortem Network. 8. Writings. 9. Conferences and Presentations. 10. Correspondence. 11. Michigan State University. 12. Early Life and Education. 13. Seminar Education and Chaplaincy. 14. Audio-Visual Materials. 15. Microscope Slides. 16. Restricted.

Related Archival Materials

See also: Zee and Schober families papers (00215), and College of Human Medicine Records (UA.15.13) which contains an interview of Margaret Zee Jones in 1997.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Archivist's Notes

It is strongly recommended that researchers interested in Jones’s goat (caprine) research consult box 2803. It was arranged by Jones and provides an overview of her various research projects. The “Goat Bible” is particularly helpful as it lists every goat used in her research from 1975 to 1999 and provides an explanation about the V, SD, and Z designations.

The majority of the collection was processed at Jones's home with her assistance. Some of the folders were labeled by Jones and feature notes written by her about the materials.

Margaret Zee Jones Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Badgley
June 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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