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

Barbara Stein


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. This book 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 ... More

Keywords: Annie Montague Alexander, explorer, naturalist, markswoman, natural history museums, science, Louise Kellogg, flora, fauna, taxa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520227262
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Stein, author