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Finding Aid to the Annie Montague Alexander Papers, 1904-1949
BANC MSS C-B 1003  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Annie Montague Alexander papers
    Date (inclusive): 1904-1949
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1003
    Creator : Alexander, Annie Montague, 1867-1950
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes and 2 volumes Linear feet: 2.0
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence of Annie Montague Alexander, concerning the establishment, work with and gifts to the Museum of Vertebrae Zoology (MVZ) at the University of California, Berkeley. The bulk of the letters are from Joseph Grinnell, the first Director of the MVZ. Other correspondents include Seth Bertram Benson, E. Raymond Hall and Alden H. Miller. Also includes scrapbooks containing photographs and copies of letters written by Alexander and her father, Samuel T. Alexander, while on safari in British East Africa (present-day Kenya) in 1904. Collection does not include correspondence with her companion Louise Kellogg. Papers concerning the establishment and work with the University of California Museum of Paleontology can be found at that museum. Additions (box 4): Contains correspondence (1933-1948), indexes to various Alexander and Kellog collections (location unknown), and numerous plant specimens from Cisco and Lake Tahoe, Calif. The specimens are mounted on card stock listing the name of the plant and the place and date where it was collected.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Annie Montague Alexander Papers, BANC MSS C-B 1003, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Biographical sketch of Annie M. Alexander (BANC MSS 69/15)
    Joseph and Hilda Wood Grinnell papers (BANC MSS 73/25)
    Alden H. Miller papers (BANC MSS 68/82)
    Records of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (CU-120)
    Annie Montague Alexander papers at the University of California Museum of Paleontology

    Separated Material

    One African safari album has been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. (BANC PIC 1966.013--ALB) Photograph of Annie Montague Alexander and Louise Kellogg has been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of the Bancroft Library. (BANC PIC 2005.053)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Alexander, Annie Montague, 1867-1950--Archives
    Alexander, Samuel T.--Correspondence
    Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939--Correspondence
    Benson, Seth Bertram, 1905--Correspondence
    Hall, E. Raymond, (Eugene Raymond), 1902--Correspondence
    Miller, Alden H. (Alden Holmes), 1906--Correspondence
    University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology--History
    Zoology
    Zoology--Pictorial works
    Hunting--Africa, East--History
    Safaris--Africa, East
    Africa, East--History--Pictorial works
    Africa, East--History
    Kenya--History--1895-1963
    Kenya--History--1895-1963--Pictorial works
    Photographs
    History of science and technology collection

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Annie Montague Alexander Papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library by the University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology in 1965. Additions were made in February 1967. Additions of copies of Alexander's outgoing correspondence were made by Alice Q. Howard, heir to Louise Kellogg's estate, on April 29, 2005 and in 2007.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Reprocessed by Alison E. Bridger in 2006.

    Biographical Information

    Annie Montague Alexander was a naturalist, explorer, and patron of the sciences. She founded both the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) and the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) on the Berkeley campus and was the benefactress of those museums for more than 40 years.
    More information can be found on Alexander from the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/alexander.html  and the University of California Museum of Paleontology, http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/alexander.html websites.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence of Annie Montague Alexander, concerning the establishment, work with and gifts to the Museum of Vertebrae Zoology (MVZ) at the University of California, Berkeley. The bulk of the letters are from Joseph Grinnell, the first Director of the MVZ. Other correspondents include Seth Bertram Benson, E. Raymond Hall and Alden H. Miller. Also includes scrapbooks containing photographs and copies of letters written by Alexander and her father, Samuel T. Alexander, while on safari in British East Africa (present-day Kenya) in 1904. Collection does not include correspondence with her companion Louise Kellogg. Papers concerning the establishment and work with the University of California Museum of Paleontology can be found at that museum.