Correspondence, manuscript, artwork and photographs related to Olivia Converse's writings about Mexican plants.
Olivia Poole Long Converse was born November 23, 1898. She was the daughter of Louis Long. According to her friend Isabel
Kelly, she was raised in California and attended UC Berkeley. She married George P. Converse, grandson of Edmund Cogswell
Converse, former president of U.S. Steel, in 1922 and they were subsequently divorced in 1928. She lived part time in Santa
Barbara and also spent much of her time in Valle de Bravo, a town located on a large lake, about two hours from Mexico City.
While in Mexico, she worked on a book on garden plants of Mexico writing the text and making original drawings of about 70
plants she hoped to describe. Her yearly stays in Mexico were interrupted by the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941,
and she was unable to go back until 1944 to resume work on her book.
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