Letters, ephemera, notes, and pamphlets created and collected by USC Professor of Botany and Zoology Alfred B. Ulrey, and
his wife, USC alumna Florence Speicher Ulrey, documenting aspects of the history of USC and Ulrey's teaching and scientific
Albert B. Ulrey served as Professor of Biology and Zoology at the University of Southern California from 1901 to 1929. Born
in 1860 and raised in Indiana, Ulrey earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Indiana. He taught
biology in Indiana public schools, and was a member of the faculty of the Zoology department of the University of Indiana
and the Biology department at North Manchester College (Indiana), before accepting a position at USC in 1901 as the University's
first marine biologist. One of his achievements was the founding of USC's Marine Biological Station in Venice, CA, in 1911;
this facility provided research resources and offered summer courses for University students before its destruction by fire
in 1920. Ulrey died in Los Angeles on December 21, 1932. Florence Ulrey (nee Speicher) graduated from the University of Southern
California in 1909, as did their son, Richard Speicher Ulrey ('49).
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