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

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Europe, 1923

Alexander's restlessness continued throughout most of the 1920s. After leasing their herd of milking shorthorns to John Rowe, she and Kellogg were at liberty to travel as they had not done since buying the farm almost a decade earlier. “This will leave us free for fossil land or the wilds of British Columbia, or the still more remote Siwalik Hills of India, where the early ancestor of man once trod the jungles and left his bones in the wash of the rivers, ” Annie wrote exuberantly from Suisun to her cousin Mary Charlotte. “At all events a career of adventure is mapped out for us, redeemed by its scientific prospects. ” 1

Throughout the first two decades of the twentieth century, remarkable discoveries of early human remains were being brought to light in Europe and Asia. During this period, Alexander began to take an increasing interest in human evolution, reading Henry Fairfield Osborn's Men of the Old Stone Age and The Origin and Evolution of Life shortly after their publication. 2 She even went so far as to express the belief that a comparative human osteological study would prove extremely useful to researchers and that peoples of different cultures should donate their skeletons to science.

But this new interest was only part of the impetus for Alexander's trip abroad in the summer of 1923. She and Kellogg had built their herd of milking shorthorns around prize-winning livestock that originated in England, and the women wished to compare the two groups of cattle. At Alexander's invitation and expense, Beckwith and the Keys sisters, friends from Annie's childhood days in Hawaii, accompanied the women on this excursion, although the five frequently split up. 3

As John Merriam had done twenty years earlier, UCMP Director Bruce Clark now took it upon himself to have a letter of introduction written for Alexander. Knowing that Osborn was well acquainted with most of the

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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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