The Rosa Smith Eigenmann Scrapbooks collection consists of two volumes of newspaper accounts of San Diego Society of Natural
History meetings, beginning in 1897. Included are her notes and corrections in the margins. See the early minutes of the
San Diego Society of Natural History (1874-1914) for her handwritten accounts of the meetings.
Rosa Smith Eigenmann (1858-1947) was an American ichthyologist. She was an early member of the San Diego Society of Natural
History and served as secretary of the Society in the 1890s. Born in Monmouth, Illinois on October 7, 1858, she moved with
her family to California, settling in San Diego in 1876. She was a student of David Starr Jordan at the University of Indiana,
Bloomington (1880-1882) where she met fellow Starr student Carl Eigenmann; they were married on August 20, 1887. She studied
cryptogamic botany with Professor William G. Farlow at Harvard (1888), and returning to California in 1889, the Eigenmann's
established a biological station in San Diego, continuing their fish studies of the region and holding appointments as curators
at the California Academy of Sciences. The Eigenmann returned to the University of Indiana, Bloomington, when Carl accepted
an appointment in the Zoology Department; he later became Dean of the Graduate School there. Rosa continued to work as an
editor of her husband's research papers. The couple retired to Coronado, California in 1926. She died on January 12, 1947
in San Diego.