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Alice Eastwood collection, [1942?]-1953.
BANC MSS 2008/61
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Alice Eastwood collection, [1942?]-1953


Eastwood, Alice, 1859-1953, creator


Hohfeld, Edward, 1875-1966


Morrison, May T. (May Treat)


Sweigert, Cloyd, 1897-1973, ill.


Chittenden, Alice Brown, 1859 or 1860-1944


Gabriel Moulin Studios


Scandinavian Airlines System


Grand Hôtel (Stockholm, Sweden)


Letters, postcards, brochures, and ephemera related to the life of Alice Eastwood, the longtime curator of botany at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. One handwritten letter and one postcard are from Eastwood herself and addressed to a Mr. Holifeld [sic] [likely Hohfeld] and Jane on occasion of her trip to Sweden. One letter is from Jean [Wentworth?] to Lillian [Hohfeld?]. Other correspondence includes: typewritten letters to and from Edward Hohfeld, a trustee of the May T. Morrison Trust Estate, regarding donations to the Save-the-Redwoods League for the Alice Eastwood Grove in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and a receipt for a donation. Letters to Mr. Hohfeld are on Save-the-Redwoods letterhead paper. Hohfeld mentions in his response letter that Eastwood and Morrison were "close friends." Ephemera include: a printed brochure for soliciting contributions for the grove, a brochure for the Alice Eastwood Herbarium Fund, a brochure marking her 80th birthday, a San Francisco Chronicle newsclipping [1942?] account of her 50th year as the curator for botany at the Academy. On the verso side of the Chronicle article there is a political cartoon of Hitler and Mussolini drawn by Cloyd Sweigert. The front cover of the brochure for the Grove has a lithographic image of an Alice Chittenden painting of Alice Eastwood in 1937. On the back of the brochure there is a lithographic image of Prairie Creek Redwoods State park by Moulin Studios. Postcard showing Scandinavian Airlines plane with passengers disembarking. Stationery note from Grand Hotel Stockholm.


1942 (issued)


Eastwood, Alice -- 1859-1953 -- Portraits
California Academy of Sciences. -- Department of Botany.
Save the Redwoods League.
May T. Morrison Trust Estate.
Botanists -- California -- Portraits
Women scientists -- Photographs
Trusts and trustees
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (Calif.)


Alice Eastwood collection, [1942?]-1953, BANC MSS 2008/61, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; Mrs. Jane Hohfeld ; 20080104.
In English.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2008.102).
Alice Eastwood was a Canadian American botanist. Born in Toronto, she moved to the United States at 14, and from age twenty to thirty, was a teacher in Denver, Colorado and taught herself botany. In 1890 she assumed a post in the herbarium at the California Academy of Sciences. Eastwood was given a position as joint Curator of the Academy with Katherine Brandegee in 1892. By 1894, with the retirement of Brandegee, Eastwood was promoted to Curator and Head of the Department of Botany, a position she held until she retired in 1949. Eastwood was credited with saving the Academy's type plant collection after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Opposing curatorial conventions of her era, Eastwood segregated the type specimens from the main collection. This classification system permitted her, upon entering the burning building, to readily retrieve 1500 specimens.


Offset lithographs.
Political cartoons.

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1 folder.




BANC MSS 2008/61