Ida Jones

University Archivist, Morgan State University

Ida E. Jones is the inaugural University Archivist at Morgan State University. 

She is the author of four books, most recently Baltimore City Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams, 

the Power of the Ballot which won the 

2019 African American Historical and Genealogical Society’s International biography book award.

A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, she graduated from Howard University with a 

B.A. in News Editorial Journalism and a Ph.D. in American History. 

Her dedication to archives garnered her Emory University’s inaugural Carter G. Woodson Research Fellow 2007. In 2020 she was awarded two grants, an IMLS Museum Grant for African American History and Culture, and the Library of America Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters. In 2019 she was awarded an Authenticity Project Fellowship via the HBCU Library Alliance and Digital Library Foundation and a Schlesinger Library Oral History Grant. She is involved in a variety of professional organizations. 

She was recently appointed to the Board of National Collaborative for Women's History Sites.

Dr. Jones is currently co-vice president of Baltimore City Historical Society and 

managing editor of the Gaslight BCHS’s newsletter.  

She has appeared on CSPAN, National Public Radio, BBC radio and in numerous printed publications. A new digital publication is blog post for Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. (2020) “Mary McLeod Bethune, True Democracy and the Fight for Universal Suffrage.”

Dr. Jones is a consummate scholar who believes deeply 

in the words of Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune who stated, 

“power must walk hand in hand with humility and the intellect must have a soul.”


2020 produced a new world in which we are feeling our way. Barriers of all kinds are crumbling, and many of us are seeing, for the first time, how interconnected our humanity and problems are historically and currently. The world needs us, and the world begins at our doorsteps, and spreads out. Let us be ushering in equity, fairness and inclusion for all people 

--- and let us do it without flinching.