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On Her Own TermsAnnie Montague Alexander and the Rise of Science in the American West$
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Barbara Stein

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227262

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227262.001.0001

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Meeting C. Hart Merriam

Meeting C. Hart Merriam

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On Her Own Terms

Barbara R. Stein

University of California Press

This chapter takes a look at Alexander's newest interest after the 1905 African safari, which was the collection of dead animal skulls. It studies skeleton preparation and the lengths Alexander went through to provide a proper display for her African trophies. The chapter then looks at the time Alexander spent with her nieces and nephews, before shifting to a discussion of the 1905 paleontological expedition to the Humboldt Range in northwest Nevada. The discussion reveals Alexander's wish to begin a hunting expedition in Alaska, which was prevented by the memory of her father's death. It then focuses on Merriam's cousin, C. Hart Merriam, who was one of the founding members of the American Ornithologists Union and who became a close professional friend of Alexander.

Keywords:   skeleton preparation, African trophies, Humboldt Range, hunting expedition, Alaska, C. Hart Merriam, American Ornithologists Union

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