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Jeanne Poindexter Papers

 Collection
Identifier: BC20-53

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains Poindexter's research lab manuals, notebooks, and experimental results; teaching materials, including lab notebooks and experimental results, lesson plans, rosters, syllabi, publications, transmission electron microscopy photographs, negatives, and slides; slide transparencies; promotional event fliers; and student work. Her personal research materials relate to research fundamental microbiological techniques with a specific emphasis on abiotic growth Caulobacter species and their bacteriophages. Box 1, Folder 17 contains photocopies of articles published between 1950-1956. Box 2, Folders 1-2 contain photocopies of articles published between 1700-1949. Other folders in Series I.ii: Reference, Presentation, and Symposium Materials, 1990-2007, include photocopies of articles published during the inclusive dates of this collection

Dates

  • 1978 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1992 - 2005

Creator

Access

Three binders of student theses from 1991-2007, five folders of student independent lab projects with grades and/or comments, and one folder of a graded student paper from 1978 are restricted due to FERPA regulations. Because of the range of dates of these items, they are generally restricted until 2082 (75 years after 2007), while some items may be unrestricted as early as 2053 according to their date of creation.

Box 1, Folder 16 is restricted until 2053
Box 2, Folder 4 is restricted 2069-2081
Box 2, Folders 6, 7, 8 is restricted 2066-2082
Box 4 is all restricted, 2065-2081

Publication Rights

Anything in this collection that was the intellectual property of Jeanne Poindexter has been assigned a Creative Commons CC0 license. Other materials in the collection may be under copyright, and the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions can be made for research purposes.

Biography

Jeanne Stove Poindexter was a research scientist, professor, and mentor for numerous students at Barnard and elsewhere. Poindexter got her Bachelors Degree in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington in 1958 and went on to get her Masters Degree and PhD from UC-Berkeley in 1961 and 1963, respectively. She went on to teach and complete research at Indiana University, New York University, Medgar Evers College, the Public Health Research Institute, The Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, MA, Long Island University Brooklyn, and finally at Barnard College. She spent 16 years as a Professor of the Biological Sciences at Barnard, retiring as Professor Emerita. While at Barnard, she received the Emily Gregory Teaching Award and was recognized in 2014 by the Barnard Alumnae of Color organization as a supportive and influential professor for alums of color. She also garnered the American Society of Microbiology’s Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award.

Poindexter was recognized for her research on Caulobacter crescentus, a stalked bacterium. She was a member of a variety of microbiology organizations and in 2012 the New York State Senate gave her the honor of Woman of Distinction. In 2020, she had a bacterial virus named after her: the Poindextervirus.

Outside of her teaching and research, Poindexter was a staunch affordable housing advocate as part of Cooperators United for Mitchell-Lama. She was a volunteer-violist for the Greenwich Village Orchestra, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and a source of support for her family and community.

Extent

3.34 Linear Feet (8 document boxes)

Language

English

Abstract

This collection contains Jeanne Stove Poindexter's research lab manuals, notebooks, and experimental results; teaching materials, including lab notebooks and experimental results, lesson plans, rosters, syllabi, publications, transmission electron microscopy photographs, negatives, and slides; slide transparencies; promotional event fliers; and works of her students. Poindexter was a microbiology research scientist, professor, and mentor for numerous students at Barnard College and elsewhere.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is physically arranged in the original order in which it arrived at the Barnard Archives.

It is intellectually broken down into two series. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:
Series 1: Research and Teaching Materials

Subseries 1.1, Lab Notes, Data, and Graphs, 1981-2005
Subseries 1.2, Reference, Presentation, and Symposium Materials, 1992-2007
Subseries 1.3, Lectures Notes and Slides, Lab Instructions and Recipes, and Syllabi, 1989-2006



Series 2: Student Work

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or archives@barnard.edu.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carla P. White (daughter of Jeanne Poindexter) following death of Jeanne Poindexter in July 2020.

Appraisal

Approximately 45 pages of individual student grade records have been deaccessioned due to FERPA regulations and their limited research value. In addition, student records are maintained by the registrar. Several pages of rosters that include student social security numbers have also been deaccessioned due to the sensitive status of that information.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Sarah Barlow-Ochshorn in November 2021. Consultation from Talia Swartz on collection content and scientific terms. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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