On Her Own Terms: Annie Montague Alexander and the Rise of Science in the American West (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2001 - HISTORY - 397 pages
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At a time when women could not vote and very few were involved in the world outside the home, Annie Montague Alexander (1867 1950) was an intrepid explorer, amateur naturalist, skilled markswoman, philanthropist, farmer, and founder and patron of two natural history museums at the University of California, Berkeley. Barbara R. Stein presents a luminous portrait of this remarkable woman, a pioneer who helped shape the world of science in California, yet whose name has been little known until now. Alexander's father founded a Hawaiian sugar empire, and his great wealth afforded his adventurous daughter the opportunity to pursue her many interests. Stein portrays Alexander as a complex, intelligent, woman who--despite her frail appearance--was determined to achieve something with her life. Along with Louise Kellogg, her partner of forty years, Alexander collected thousands of animal, plant, and fossil specimens throughout western North America. Their collections serve as an invaluable record of the flora and fauna that were beginning to disappear as the West succumbed to spiraling population growth, urbanization, and agricultural development. Today at least seventeen taxa are named for Alexander, and several others honor Kellogg, who continued to make field trips after Alexander's death. Alexander's dealings with scientists and her encouragement--and funding--of women to do field research earned her much admiration, even from those with whom she clashed. Stein's extensive use of archival material, including excerpts from correspondence and diaries, allows us to see Annie Alexander as a keen observer of human nature who loved women and believed in their capabilities. Her legacy endures in the fields of zoology and paleontology and also in the lives of women who seek to follow their own star to the fullest degree possible."
  

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Contents

1 SAMUEL ALEXANDER AND HENRY BALDWIN
3
2 LIFE IN OAKLAND
13
3 A PASSION FOR PALEONTOLOGY
22
4 AFRICA 1904
35
5 MEETING C HART MERRIAM
48
6 ALASKA 1906
58
7 MEETING JOSEPH GRINNELL
63
8 FOUNDING A MUSEUM OF VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
76
18 A RESTLESS DECADE
181
19 EUROPE 1923
190
20 THE TEMPLE TOUR
203
21 THE AMOEBA TREATMENT
214
22 FLELDWORKTHE LATER YEARS
224
23 SALINE VALLEY
244
24 THE END OF AN ERA
253
25 HAWAIIMY ONLY REAL HOME
261

9 AN UNUSUAL COLLABORATION
88
10 LOUISE AND PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
97
11 SUPPORT FOR PALEONTOLOGY
107
12 HEARST SATHER FLOOD
114
13 INNISFAIL RANCH
120
14 VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THE TRINITY ALPS
138
15 THE TEAM OF ALEXANDER AND KELLOGG
148
16 FROM A FRIEND OF THE UNIVERSITY
155
17 FOUNDING A MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY
165
26 THE SWITCH TO BOTANY
274
27 BAJA CALIFORNIATRES MUJERES SIN MIEDO
290
28 INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
299
29 AN ENDURING LEGACY
308
Epilogue
315
Appendix
317
Notes
321
Index
359
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About the author (2001)

From 1985 to 2000, Barbara R. Stein was Curatorial Associate and Researcher at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her book about Alexander grew out of a 1994 symposium on the history of women at the Berkeley campus.

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