Finding Aid to the Annie Montague Alexander Papers, 1904-1949

Finding Aid written by Bancroft Staff; revised by Alison E. Bridger in June 2006.
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Finding Aid to the Annie Montague Alexander Papers, 1904-1949

Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1003

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Bancroft Staff; revised by Alison E. Bridger in June 2006.
Date Completed:
June 2006
© 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.

Container List

 

SERIES 1 CORRESPONDENCE

Physical Description: Boxes 1-3

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries: outgoing and incoming.

Scope and Content Note

Contains the outgoing and incoming correspondence of Alexander.
 

SUBSERIES 1.1 OUTGOING

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains Alexander's copies of her outgoing correspondence. Correspondents include Joseph Grinnell, University of California officials and other persons related to her interests in the Museums of Vertebrae Zoology and Paleontology. Also includes a small amount of personal correspondence. Some of the outgoing correspondence was found in Louise Kellog's papers.
Box 1, Folder 1

1907

Box 1, Folder 2

1908

Box 1, Folder 3

1909-1923

Box 1, Folder 4

1929

Box 1, Folder 5

1930

Box 1, Folder 6

1931-1949

 

SUBSERIES 1.2 INCOMING

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 7-15; Box 2; Box 3, folders 1-23

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Mostly concerns Alexander's involvement with the University of California Museum of Vertebrae Zoology.
Box 1, Folders 7-8

Benson, Seth Bertram 1930-1949

Box 1, Folder 9

Case, W. H. 1910

Box 1, Folder 10

E. E. Lee & Brothers 1931

Box 1, Folder 11

Fisher, Harvey I. 1945-1947

Box 1, Folders 12-15

Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939 1907-1910

Box 2, Folders 1-20

Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939 1911-1930

Box 3, Folders 1-9

Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939 1931-1939

Box 3, Folders 10-11

Hall, E. Raymond 1930-1949

Box 3, Folder 12

Heller, Edmund 1910, 1919

Box 3, Folder 13

Merriam, C. Hart 1911

Box 3, Folders 14-15

Miller, Alden H. 1934-1949

Box 3, Folder 16

Munro, George C. 1944

Box 3, Folder 17

Stephens, Frank 1909

Box 3, Folder 18

Swarth, Harry S. 1910-1918

Box 3, Folder 19

Taylor, Walter Penn 1910-1916

Box 3, Folder 20

University of California (1868-1952), Office of the Comptroller 1921-1937

Box 3, Folder 21

University of California (1868-1952), Office of the President 1908-1940

Box 3, Folder 22

University of California (1868-1952), Regents 1908-1922

Box 3, Folder 23

Miscellaneous 1907-1937

 

SERIES 2 TRAVEL SCRAPBOOKS and MISCELLANEOUS 1904, 1909-1932

Physical Description: Volumes 1-2; Box 3, folder 24

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs and copies of letters written by Annie Montague Alexander and her father Samuel T. Alexander to family while on safari in British East Africa from April to August in 1904. Similar letters and photographs are in each one and follow the course of the trip from beginning to end, but are not exactly the same. A third volume that did not contain copies of the letters only variants of the photographs was transferred to the Pictorial Collections of the Bancroft library and can be found under call number BANC PIC 1966.013--ALB Also includes some miscellaneous items.
Volume 1

Travel Scrapbook, version 1 1904

Volume 2

Travel Scrapbook, version 2 1904

Box 3, Folder 24

Miscellaneous 1909-1932