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

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A Restless Decade

For several years following their purchase of the farm on Grizzly Island, its unrelenting demands had severely curtailed Alexander and Kellogg's ability to conduct fieldwork. World War I had further interrupted their collecting schedule and created within Alexander an almost intolerable feeling of confinement. During this period, she began to conceive of new projects into which she could invest her seemingly boundless energy and her money. Merriam's decision to accept the presidency of the Carnegie Institute in 1920 coincided with her restlessness and may have precipitated the brief flurry of paleontological activity that followed.

In February 1917 Alexander had written to Beckwith proposing that the two undertake publication of a magazine about Alaska. Annie was willing to fund the venture if Martha would supply the prose necessary to make the magazine a success. She suggested that they embark on a three-month cruise of the Alaska Panhandle so that Martha could see the beauty of the region through her own eyes and begin to comprehend the wealth of opportunities that Alexander felt it afforded for literary exposition. “The scenery with its high peaks and glaciers is well worth describing as well as the queer characters one meets in the out-of-the-way places, ” Annie wrote by way of enticement. 1

Although Alexander professed seriousness about the venture, nothing seems to have come of it. A year later, however, Beckwith countered with her own publishing scheme. Alexander gladly agreed to back it, but no further details of the plan were revealed and it, too, seems to have been abandoned. 2

Martha next proposed to furnish, and then lease, an apartment in New York City as a money-making enterprise for herself. Annie held little enthusiasm for the plan but nonetheless offered to guarantee Martha the

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • On Her Own Terms *
  • 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
  • 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
  • 18 - A Restless Decade 181
  • 19 - Europe, 1923 190
  • 20 - The Temple Tour 203
  • 21 - The “amoeba Treatment” 214
  • 22 - Fieldwork–the Later Years 224
  • 23 - Saline Valley 244
  • 24 - The End of an Era 253
  • 25 - Hawaii–“my Only Real Home” 261
  • 26 - The Switch to Botany 274
  • 27 - Baja California–tres 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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