Women in California Natural Science

Notes and resources from a Boise State Arts & Humanities Institute interdisciplinary lunch series talk.

Slide deck

 

Women mentioned or discussed

Below are links to brief biographies of the California women scientists, as well as links to places where their papers (where they exist) are archived.  Many of the women corresponded with one another, so it’s common to find letters from one woman in another’s collection.

Kate Sessions

The Kate Sessions manuscript collection at the San Diego History Center

Lester Rowntree (PDF)

The Lester Rowntree collection at the California Academy of Sciences

Oral history from the Bancroft Library: Lester Rowntree: California Native Plant Woman

Ynés Mexía (PDF)

Mexía papers at the California Academy of Sciences

Méxia papers at the Bancroft Library

Nina Floy (“Bracie”) Bracelin

Bracelin papers at the Bancroft Library

Bracelin papers at the California Academy of Sciences

Mary DeDecker

DeDecker papers at UC Davis

Oral history from the Bancroft Library: California Women in Botany

Theodosia Burr Shepherd

Shepherd papers at UCLA

Mentions of Shepherd in digitized California newspapers

Alice Eastwood

Eastwood papers at the California Academy of Sciences

Some articles by Eastwood

Katharine Brandegee

Brandegee papers at UC Berkeley

Annie Alexander

Alexander papers at the Bancroft Library

Alexander papers at the UC Museum of Paleontology

Susana Bixby Bryant

Bryant’s papers are in the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden library special collections

Mildred Mathias

Belle Benchley

Belle Benchley’s books at Amazon.com

June McCaskill

McCaskill papers at UC Davis

Elizabeth McClintock

Oral history from the Bancroft Library: California Women in Botany

Annetta Carter

Annetta Carter papers at UC Berkeley

Oral history from the Bancroft Library: California Women in Botany

Mary DeDecker

Mary DeDecker papers at UC Davis

 

Finding the women

Online Archive of California: a compilation of archives and manuscript collections at institutions throughout California

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Additional resources

Botanizing California

A Spatial Approach to California Botanists

Women and science careers: leaky pipeline or gender filter? (PDF)