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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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Founding a Museum of Paleontology

Founding a Museum of Paleontology

(p.165) 17 Founding a Museum of Paleontology
On Her Own Terms

Barbara R. Stein

University of California Press

This chapter relates the events that led to the rift between Alexander and her former professor, John C. Merriam. It began when Merriam unexpectedly left the field of research and devoted his time to self-promotion and administrative matters. When he accepted the position as president of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, Alexander reacted with anger and disbelief. Merriam's publication of a paper under the Carnegie Institute byline—using information taken from university specimens Alexander helped procure—severed her friendship with Merriam. The discussion also notes the various changes to the university presidency and the museum directorship, as well as the nature of their dealings with Alexander. It introduces the second natural history museum founded by Alexander, which was the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Several photographs of Joseph Grinnell, the exterior and interior of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Innisfail Ranch, and Alexander and Kellogg's expeditions are included.

Keywords:   rift, John C. Merriam, Carnegie Institute, university president, museum director, Museum of Paleontology, Vertebrate Zoology

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