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

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An Enduring Legacy

Through the winter and early spring of 1949 Alexander and Kellogg divided their time between the farm and their apartment in Oakland. Though she was now eighty-two, Alexander had barely altered her annual cycle of activity. Her only concession to age was to give up foreign travel. A year earlier, she and Kellogg had contemplated a trip to Costa Rica after receiving letters from E. R. Hall about his fieldwork there but did not pursue the idea. Similarly, their plans to join Alexander's nephew Jack on a trip to South America in 1947 had fallen apart and he had gone on without them. Instead, Alexander remarked to Hilda Grinnell, “While I live through the winter with the thought of getting away to the desert somewhere and resting my eyes on distant blue ranges, it is surprising how much of one's time is taken up with odds and ends of things to do. ” 1

Most immediately, there were the matters of settling Juliette's estate and establishing the graduate fellowships. And the women now often hosted small dinner parties upon the return of a researcher after an extended field trip, often one that Alexander had financed. Alexander was both a delightful and an unconventional hostess, setting an attractive table with lovely china and then serving coffee from her old, beat-up camp pot. 2 Both she and Kellogg enjoyed hearing stories from the field and, after the dessert plates had been cleared away and the last of the coffee drained from their cups, they looked forward to viewing the slide presentations that inevitably served as after-dinner entertainment on such occasions. Alden Miller and Ruben Stirton had recently been collecting in Colombia and they and their wives were dinner guests on more than one occasion.

Since their trip to Baja California in 1947, Alexander and Kellogg had confined their collecting to the United States, but the number of plant specimens that they gathered annually remained prodigious and the variety of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • 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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