Meeting C. Hart Merriam

Barbara R. Stein

in On Her Own Terms

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520227262
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926387 | DOI:
Meeting C. Hart Merriam

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This chapter takes a look at Alexander's newest interest after the 1905 African safari, which was the collection of dead animal skulls. It studies skeleton preparation and the lengths Alexander went through to provide a proper display for her African trophies. The chapter then looks at the time Alexander spent with her nieces and nephews, before shifting to a discussion of the 1905 paleontological expedition to the Humboldt Range in northwest Nevada. The discussion reveals Alexander's wish to begin a hunting expedition in Alaska, which was prevented by the memory of her father's death. It then focuses on Merriam's cousin, C. Hart Merriam, who was one of the founding members of the American Ornithologists Union and who became a close professional friend of Alexander.

Keywords: skeleton preparation; African trophies; Humboldt Range; hunting expedition; Alaska; C. Hart Merriam; American Ornithologists Union

Chapter.  4543 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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