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

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Epilogue

The friendship between Annetta Carter and Louise Kellogg that began during the 1947 trip to Baja California lasted many years. Early in the spring of 1950, while Alexander lay in a coma, Herbert Mason followed up on a comment made by Carter and wrote to Kellogg about her expressed interest in working at the herbarium. 1 Mason suggested that she might first like to prepare her own recently collected specimens, that is, laying the material out onto herbarium sheets and affixing the printed or typed data labels to them, an offer she happily accepted. The work was cathartic and it allowed Louise to focus her thoughts elsewhere while Annie languished.

Kellogg continued to pursue her own interests in fieldwork and collecting after Alexander's death. She and Carter made a second expedition to Baja California in the Power Wagon, driving south from Tijuana to the Sierra de la Giganta. They visited Mission San Borja and, after reaching Loreto, arranged for pack trips to Mission San Xavier, to Arroyo de Tabor, and to Cajon de Tecomaja. On the return trip they collected near Mission Santa Gertrudis and along the old coast road north of Miller's Landing to Punta Prieta, gathering and preparing approximately two thousand specimens for the herbarium. 2 They were natural as collecting partners, sharing botanical interests and a rhythm in the field that was conducive to gathering large quantities of material. With respect to herbarium business, the women always referred to each other in correspondence as “Miss Carter” and “Miss Kellogg, ” but their personal letters began with the salutations “Dear Annetta” and “Dear Señorita Luisa. ”

In October 1951 Louise joined Annetta on a third trip to Baja. This time the women flew from Tijuana to Loreto, taking a mail plane from Santa Rosalía as Loreto was not a regular commercial stop at that time. The following year they made a short trip to Punta Banda, south of Ensenada, to collect.

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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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