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Marian Jones papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00350

Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily letters received by Marian Jones from 1894 to 1897. Her correspondents range from family members to long-time friends to new acquaintances. Also included are some letters written by Marian to her mother, Ruth Hastings Jones. Additionally, the collection contains Marian's obituary, which was published in a local Connecticut newspaper.

Index to Letters

Academy of Music
5/17/1897, 6/16/1897, 6/19/1897
12/15/1896, 3/31/1897
Glee Club
Hamilton College
5/22/1895, 6/19/1897
1/18/1895, 1/26/1895, 12/15/1896, 3/31/1897
Orphan Asylum
9/24/1894, 1/18/1895, 1/26/1895
9/1894 - 6/1897
9/1894 - 6/1897
Trinity College

Dates of Materials

  • 1894 - 1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Marian Hastings Jones was born in Kensington, Connecticut to Horace Kimbal Jones and Ruth Hastings on May 1, 1868. She was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, attending its public schools until she decided to pursue her Bachelor's of Arts at Smith College. She graduated from Smith in 1897, and then went on to receive her Bachelor's of Divinity from Hartford Theological Seminary.

After graduating from Hartford Theological Seminary, she quickly became pastor of the Staffordville Congregational Church. In doing so she became one of the first women to be ordained into Christian ministry in Connecticut. She transitioned to the First Congregational Church in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1914, serving there for three years. Then Jones became assistant pastor to Dr. Arthur H. Bradfort of the Central Congregational Church in Providence, Rhode Island. She did missionary work with the Portuguese population of Providence for many years. Eventually this culminated in the development of an organized church.

Jones returned to Canterbury upon retirement. She maintained her involvement in Christian service until her health failed. After years of poor health, Marian Jones died in Canterbury on February 19, 1960.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence between Marian "May" Jones and various parties, as well as her obituary.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Marian Jones papers were donated to the College Archives by Priscilla Brewer in December 2009.

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Finding aid to the Marian Jones papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Audrey Sellers.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-12: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2019-03-13: Updated container information and re-published.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063