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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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Support for Paleontology

Support for Paleontology

(p.107) 11 Support for Paleontology
On Her Own Terms

Barbara R. Stein

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the support Alexander provided for her first love, which was vertebrae paleontology. It studies her proposal to President Wheeler, the president of the university, for her to donate $100 every month to the university for five years. This donation was to constitute a special research fund under Professor Merriam's direction in immediate charge of paleontological work. The chapter shows that Alexander planned another expedition after Merriam published papers on the fossil mammals excavated at Rancho La Brea. This time the expedition would head to the Virgin Valley, which was a formation of volcanic ash located in the northwest corner of Humboldt County in Nevada. The chapter also looks at Alexander's growing awareness of the growing divide between the fields of paleontology and geology. Several black and white photographs of Alexander, her family, Louise Kellogg, Martha Beckwith, and Alexander's expeditions in Africa and Alaska are included.

Keywords:   vertebrae paleontology, President Wheeler, paleontological work, Virgin Valley, paleontology, geology

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