The Alexander Papers were given to The University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, by Miss Alexander and/or her heirs in 19xx.
Funding for processing provided by the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Collection is open for research at the Museum of Paleontology, with permission from the Museum Director. Contact the museum for further information.
Copyright has been assigned to The Museum of Paleontology. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director or the Principal Museum Scientist for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Museum of Paleontology 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.
Number of containers: 3 boxes, 1 volume
Linear feet: 1.2
Helen E. Fox
[Identification of item], [collection name & number], University California Museum of Paleontology
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, holds other papers of Miss Alexander’s (Banc MSS 67/121C;CU-120; C-B 1003) as well as a biographical sketch of Miss Alexander (Banc MSS 69/15c).
Annie Montague Alexander became interested in paleontological work while attending John C. Merriam’s lectures at the University of California in 1900. From then on, she was closely associated with the Department and Museum of Paleontology, as well as the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. She supported and participated in many field expeditions up until the year of her death, and advised museum directors on financial matters, policies, and personnel decisions.
|1867||Born on December 29 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the third of four children born to Samuel Thomas and Martha Cook Alexander.|
|1882||Alexander family moves to Oakland, CA.|
|1886||AMA enrolls in La Salle Seminary for girls in Auburn, MA.|
|1888||In the summer, Alexander family travels abroad. AMA remains to study art and music in Paris. She abandons her studies due to headaches caused by eye strain.|
|189?||AMA enters Fabiola Hospital as student nurse, again leaves due to eyestrain and headaches.|
|1896||Travels to South Pacific, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Canton.|
|1900||In the fall, attends lectures at University of California, including paleontology class taught by John C. Merriam; becomes fascinated with paleontology and vertebrates.|
|1901||Finances and participates in Merriam’s summer fossil-collecting expedition to Fossil Lake, OR (photos in top banner are from this trip).|
|1902||Finances and participates in Merriam’s summer fossil-collecting expedition to Shasta County, CA.|
|1903||Finances and participates in Merriam’s summer fossil-collecting expedition to Shasta County, CA.|
|1905||Finances and participates in Merriam’s summer “Saurian expedition” to the Humbolt Range, NV, which reveals great Triassic ichthyosaur skeleton deposits.|
|1906||Begins monthly contributions to support research in paleontology at the University of California.|
|1906-08||Summer hunting and collecting expeditions to Alaska.|
|1908||Provides funds to establish the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California.|
|1919||Establishes an endowment fund for the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.|
|1921||Provides funds to establish the Museum of Paleontology as a separate unit of the University of California.|
|1934||Establishes an endowment fund for the Museum of Paleontology to “safeguard for the future the care of collections on which I have already expended many thousands of dollars.” Continues to be active in her own fieldwork.|
|1948||Provides funds for student research fellowships in the Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.|
|1950||Passes away on September 10, following illness and a cerebral hemorrhage.|
Collection contains correspondence between Annie M. Alexander and key figures in the Museum and Department of Paleontology from 1901 to 1949. Much of this correspondence consists of information about paleontological research in the field, of Miss Alexander and others. Further correspondence is with the President’s Office and Museum and Department directors regarding personnel and organizational issues. Letters also cover financial information about Miss Alexander’s support for individual researchers, and ultimately the endowment of the Museum of Paleontology.
Other correspondence of Miss Alexander can be found in collections of John C. Merriam and those relating to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Also included in the collection are Annual Reports and Budgets of the Department and Museum of Paleontology for the years 1906-1948, often with a letter to Miss Alexander accompanying the report.
A scrapbook documenting the 1905 Saurian Expedition to the Humbolt Range, Nevada is included, with text by Miss Alexander and captioned photographs.
Important correspondents include David Barrows, Charles Camp, William Wallace Campbell, Ralph Chaney, Bruce Clark, Eustace Furlong, William Matthew, John C. Merriam, Robert Sproul, Ruben Stirton, Chester Stock, Samuel Welles, and Benjamin Wheeler. The collection is not complete.
The papers are primarily professional in nature, although since Miss Alexander was personally involved with the workings of the Museum and Department of Paleontology, the correspondence includes personal matters as well.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1901-1949
Boxes 1 and 2
Contain primarily letters, some post cards, photographs, newspaper clippings. Incoming and outgoing letters are interfiled and arranged alphabetically in the “miscellaneous” folder, and chronologically within major correspondent folders. Letters neither to nor from Miss Alexander are filed under the name of the original author, with the following exceptions: letters from Miss Alexander are filed by the receiver, as are letters whose author has no folder. If a duplicate copy for a third party is the sole copy in the collection, it is filed by the original author; if there is indeed a duplicate copy, it is filed in the third party’s folder.
|Box 1||1||Miscellany, photographs, and news clipping||1980, n.d.|
|2||AMA Miscellany, Correspondents with fewer than three letters, both incoming and outgoing, arranged alphabetically A-W||1910-1949|
|3||Barrows, David Prescott||1919-1923|
|4||Camp, Charles Lewis||1921-1933|
|5||Camp, Charles Lewis||1934-1939|
|6||Camp, Charles Lewis||1940-1948|
|8||Campbell, William Wallace||1924-1929|
|9||Chaney, Ralph W.||1931-1938|
|10||Clark, Bruce Lawrence||1920-1923|
|11||Clark, Bruce Lawrence||1924-1933, 1945|
|13||Deutsch, Monroe E.||1945|
|14||Furlong, Eustace Leopold||1921-1926|
|Box 2||1||Kinne, A. Marian||1930-1946|
|2||MacDonald, J. R.||1948-1949|
|3||Mallory, George D.||1946|
|4||Mallot, Deane W.||1946-1947|
|5||Massey, William C. and Ellen||1947-1949|
|6||Matthew, William Diller||1924-1930|
|7||Merriam, John Campbell||1901-1905|
|8||Merriam, John Campbell||1908-1915|
|9||Merriam, John Campbell||1916-1930, 1939|
|10||Nichols, Luther A.||1931-1934|
|11||Osborn, Henry Fairfield||1920, 1924|
|12||Reinhart, Roy H.||1949|
|13||Sproul, Robert Gordon||1921-1949|
|14||Stirton, Ruben Arthur||1930-1945|
|15||Stirton, Ruben Arthur||1946-1949|
|16||Stock, Chester||192?-1925, 1949|
|17||VanderHoof, V. L.||1949|
|18||Welles, Samuel P.||1930-1949|
|19||Wheeler, Benjamin Ide||1903-1919|
Series 2: Administrative and financial records of the Department and Museum of Paleontology, 1906-1948
Arranged chronologically. Contains Annual Reports and Financial Statements, and other statements, objectives, and reports of the Museum and Department of Paleontology, and official papers regarding the Museum of Paleontology Endowment Fund.
|Box 3||1||Museum of Paleontology, Dept. of Paleontology, Statements, Objectives, Reports||192?-194?|
|2||Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Dept. of Paleontology, Merriam to AMA||1906-1915|
|3||Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Dept. of Paleontology, Merriam to AMA, Clark to AMA (1921)||1916-1920, 1921|
|4||Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Budgets Museum of Paleontology||1921-24, 1927-29, 1930-32|
|5||Annual Reports and Financial Statements, Budgets Museum of Paleontology||1932-33-1948|
|6||Museum of Paleontology Endowment Fund, official papers||1934-1948|
|Volume 1||A scrapbook documenting the 1905 Saurian Expedition to the Humbolt Range, Nevada, with text by Miss Alexander and captioned photographs.||1905|
Originally created by Allen G. Collins, 9/8/98