Guide to the Annie Montague Alexander Papers

Processed by Helen E. Fox; machine-readable finding aid created by Gabriela A. Montoya
Museum of Paleontology
1101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-4780
Phone: (510) 642-1821
Fax: (510) 642-1822
Email: markg@ucmp1.berkeley.edu
URL: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Annie Montague Alexander Papers

Museum of Paleontology



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Museum of Paleontology
  • 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-4780
  • Phone: (510) 642-1821
  • Fax: (510) 642-1822
  • Email: markg@ucmp1.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu
Processed by:
Helen E. Fox
Date Completed:
August 1998
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Annie Montague Alexander Papers
Creator: Alexander, Annie Montague, 1867-1950
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 2 volumes

Linear feet: 1.2
Repository: Museum of Paleontology.
Berkeley, California 94720-4780
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Alexander Papers were given to the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, by Miss Alexander and/or her heirs in 19xx.

Funding

Funding for processing provided by the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Access

Collections are open by appointment only. Please contact the Museum of Paleontology directly.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to the Museum of Paleontology. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director or the Principal Museum Scientist for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Museum of Paleontology as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Annie Montague Alexander Papers, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley.

Biography

Annie Montague Alexander became interested in paleontological work while attending John C. Merriam's lectures at the University of California in 1900. From then on, she was closely associated with the Department and Museum of Paleontology, as well as the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. She supported and participated in many field expeditions up until the year of her death, and advised museum directors on financial matters, policies, and personnel decisions.
December 29, 1867 Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the third of four children born to Samuel Thomas and Martha Cook Alexander
1882 Alexander family moves to Oakland, CA
1886 AMA enrolls in La Salle Seminary for girls in Auburn, MA
Summer, 1888 Alexander family travels abroad, AMA remains to study art and music in Paris. She abandons her studies due to headaches caused by eye strain
189? AMA enters Fabiola Hospital as student nurse, again leaves due to eyestrain and headaches
1896 Travels to South Pacific, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Canton
Fall 1900 Attends lectures at University of California, including paleontology class taught by John C. Merriam, becomes fascinated with paleontology and vertebrates.
Summer 1901 Finances and participates in Merriam's fossil collecting expedition to Fossil Lake, OR
Summer 1902 Finances and participates in Merriam's fossil collecting expedition to Shasta County, CA
Summer 1903 Finances and participates in Merriam's fossil collecting expedition to Shasta County, CA
Summer 1905 Finances and participates in Merriam's "Saurian expedition" to Humbolt Range, NV, which reveals great Triassic ichthyosaur skeleton deposits
1906 Begins monthly contributions to support research in paleontology at the University of California
Summers 1906-8 Hunting and collecting expeditions to Alaska
1908 Provides funds to establish the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California
1919 Establishes an endowment fund for the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
1921 Provides funds to establish the Museum of Paleontology as a separate unit of the University of California
1934 Establishes an endowment fund for the Museum of Paleontology to "safeguard for the future the care of collections on which I have already expended many thousands of dollars." Continues to be active in her own fieldwork.
1948 Provides funds for student research fellowships in the Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
September 10, 1950 Death, following illness and a cerebral hemorrhage

Scope and Content

Collection contains correspondence between Annie M. Alexander and key figures in the Museum and Department of Paleontology from 1901 to 1949. Much of this correspondence consists of information about paleontological research in the field, of Miss Alexander and others. Further correspondence is with the President's Office and Museum and Department directors regarding personnel and organizational issues. Letters also cover financial information about Miss Alexander's support for individual researchers, and ultimately the endowment of the Museum of Paleontology.
Other correspondence of Miss Alexander can be found in collections of John C. Merriam and those relating to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Also included in the collection are Annual Reports and Budgets of the Department and Museum of Paleontology for the years 1906-1948, often with a letter to Miss Alexander accompanying the report.
A scrapbook documenting the 1905 Saurian expedition to the Humbolt Range, Nevada is included, with text by Miss Alexander and captioned photographs.
Important correspondents include David Barrows, Charles Camp, William Wallace Campbell, Ralph Chaney, Bruce Clark, Eustace Furlong, William Matthew, John C. Merriam, Robert Sproul, Ruben Stirton, Chester Stock, Samuel Welles, and Benjamin Wheeler. The collection is not complete.
The papers are primarily professional in nature, although since Miss Alexander was personally involved with the workings of the Museum and Department of Paleontology, the correspondence includes personal matters as well.

Related Collections

Researchers should be aware that the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, holds other papers of Miss Alexander (Banc MSS 67/121C; CU-120; C-B 1003) as well as a Biographical sketch of Miss Alexander (Banc MSS 69/15c)

Series Description

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1901-1949

Physical Description: Boxes 1 and 2.

Scope and Content Note

Incoming and outgoing letters are interfiled and arranged alphabetically in the "miscellaneous" folder, and chronologically within major correspondent folders. Letters neither to nor from Miss Alexander are filed under the name of the original author, with the following exceptions: letters from Miss Alexander are filed by the receiver, as are letters whose author has no folder. If a duplicate copy for a third party is the sole copy in the collection, it is filed by the original author; if there is indeed a duplicate copy, it is filed in the third party's folder.
Contains primarily letters, some post cards, photographs, newspaper clippings.
 

Series 2: Administrative and Financial Records of the Department and Museum of Paleontology, 1906-1948

Physical Description: Box 3.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Contains Annual Reports and Financial Statements, and other statements, objectives, and reports of the Museum and Department of Paleontology, and official papers regarding the Museum of Paleontology Endowment Fund.
 

Series 3: Saurian Expedition Scrapbook, 1905

Physical Description: Volume 1.

Scope and Content Note

A scrapbook documenting the 1905 Saurian expedition to the Humbolt Range, Nevada, with text by Miss Alexander and captioned photographs.

Container List

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1901-1949

Box Box 1, Folder 1

Miscellany, photographs and news clipping 1980, n.d.

Folder 2

AMA Miscellany, Correspondents with fewer than 3 letters, both incoming and outgoing, arranged alphabetically A-W 1910-1949

Folder 3

Barrows, David Prescott 1919-1923

Folder 4

Camp, Charles Lewis 1921-1933

Folder 5

Camp, Charles Lewis 1934-1939

Folder 6

Camp, Charles Lewis 1940-1948

Folder 7

Camp, Jessie 1947-1948

Folder 8

Campbell, William Wallace 1924-1929

Folder 9

Chaney, Ralph W. 1931-1938

Folder 10

Clark, Bruce Lawrence 1920-1923

Folder 11

Clark, Bruce Lawrence 1924-1933, 1945

Folder 12

Davidson, Pirie 1920-1928

Folder 13

Deutsch, Monroe E. 1945

Folder 14

Furlong, Eustace Leopold 1921-1926

Box Box 2, Folder 1

Kinne, A. Marian 1930-1946

Folder 2

MacDonald, J. R. 1948-1949

Folder 3

Mallory, George D. 1946

Folder 4

Mallot, Deane W. 1946-1947

Folder 5

Massey, William C. and Ellen 1947-1949

Folder 6

Matthew, William Diller 1924-1930

Folder 7

Merriam, John Campbell 1901-1905

Folder 8

Merriam, John Campbell 1908-1915

Folder 9

Merriam, John Campbell 1916-1930, 1939

Folder 10

Nichols, Luther A. 1931-1934

Folder 11

Osborn, Henry Fairfield 1920, 1924

Folder 12

Reinhart, Roy H. 1949

Folder 13

Sproul, Robert Gordon 1921-1949

Folder 14

Stirton, Ruben Arthur 1930-1945

Folder 5

Stirton, Ruben Arthur 1946-1949

Folder 16

Stock, Chester 192?-1925, 1949

Folder 17

VanderHoof, V. L. 1949

Folder 18

Welles, Samuel P. 1930-1949

Folder 19

Wheeler, Benjamin Ide 1903-1919

 

Series 2: Administrative and Financial Records of the Department and Museum of Paleontology, 1906-1948

Box Box 3, Folder 1

Museum of Paleontology, Dept. of Paleontology, Statements, Objectives, Reports 192?-194?

Folder 2

Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Dept. of Paleontology, Merriam to AMA 1906-1915

Folder 3

Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Dept. of Paleontology, Merriam to AMA, Clark to AMA (1921) 1916-1920, 1921

Folder 4

Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Budgets Museum of Paleontology 1921-24, 1927-29, 1930-32

Folder 5

Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Budgets Museum of Paleontology 1932-33-1948

Folder 6

Museum of Paleontology Endowment Fund, official papers 1934-1948

 

Series 3: Saurian Expedition Scrapbook

Volume Volume 1

A scrapbook documenting the 1905 Saurian expedition to the Humbolt Range, Nevada, with text by Miss Alexander and captioned photographs. Annie Montague Alexander Papers

Volume Volume 2

A scrapbook documenting the 1901 field expedition to Oregon with text by Miss Alexander and captioned photographs.