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Langenheim, Jean H. Papers
UA.068  
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Description
This collection comprises the professional papers of Jean H. Langenheim, including correspondence, notes, photographs, slides, and publications related to her research, teaching, and other professional activities. Also included are correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to her family, childhood, and early education.
Background
Jean H. Langenheim was a plant ecologist and educator based in Santa Cruz, California. She was born in 1925 in Homer, Louisiana to Jeanette Smith and Virgil Wilson Harmon. Her father worked for the railroad which afforded her and her mother the opportunity to travel throughout her childhood instilling a keen interest in the natural world, an interest which her mother encouraged. As a highschool student she was introduced to the field of geology by a teacher who inspired her to continue her scientific pursuits. She graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1943, and earned a BS in biology from the University of Tulsa in 1946. Despite constant challenges as one of few women working in the natural sciences at the time, Langenheim earned an MS in 1949 and PhD in 1953, both in plant ecology from the University of Minnesota. In 1946, she met a young geologist by the name of Ralph Langenheim, Jr. The two married later that year, set upon pursuing their graduate studies in partnership. The Langenheims worked together pursuing complementary research specialties, Jean focusing on plant ecology and geology and Ralph on geology, as Phd candidates at the University of Minnesota. The two continued this academic partnership after earning their doctorates, working in tandem until the dissolution of their marriage in 1962.
Extent
24 Linear Feet 47 document boxes, 2 flats, 2 cartons
Restrictions
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
Collection open for research. Audiovisual media is unavailable until reformatted. Digital files are unprocessed but open for research in the UCSC Special Collections and Archives reading room. Some files may require reformatting before they can be accessed. Technical limitations may hinder the Library's ability to provide access to some digital files. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users must request to view access copies. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to audiovisual media and digital files.