Founding a Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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:
Founding a Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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This chapter discusses the events that led to the founding and construction of a Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Grinnell and Alexander both recognized the fact that the vertebrate fauna in the United States was vanishing, and they immediately acted on Grinnell's desire to found a center of scientific authority on the West Coast. Grinnell proposed to build the museum in his alma mater, Stanford University, but Alexander ultimately decided on the University of California at Berkeley. The chapter includes a section on Alexander's proposal for the museum that she submitted to the president of the university, and the initial stages of the construction for the museum.

Keywords: Vertebrate Zoology; founding; vertebrate fauna; Stanford University; museum proposal

Chapter.  5258 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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