SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Sister Martin Joseph Jones


Interview with Sister Martin Joseph Jones



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Sr. Martin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, October 19, 1923. She grew up in Houston where she graduated from John H. Reagan High School in 1941. In 1943, she entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur and professed perpetual vows in 1952. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Our Lady of Victory College, and in 1956, she earned a Master’s in Library Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Sr. Martin taught and was a librarian in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until appointment as head librarian at the University of Dallas came in 1956. Then, in 1961, she left the university to supervise the establishment of diocesan high school librarians and taught at Nolan High School at Fort Worth.

Sr. Martin came to New York in 1968 and taught social studies and religion at Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Kenmore. In 1969, she came to the State University College at Buffalo as a reference librarian. She then worked as an assistant in the Periodical Department. In 1975, she became the college’s first archivist. During her tenure, many of the special collections we have today came to the archives including: the Courier-Express Newspaper Collection, and the Tom Fontana Collection. Additionally, she conducted an oral history project where she interviewed former and current professors and presidents etc. Sister Martin retired in 1995. She passed away on April 29, 2013.


SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Interview with Sister Martin Joseph Jones