Mary Agnes Chase Collecting Plants, Brazil

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Mary Agnes Chase Collecting Plants, Brazil

Author
Unknown
Subject
Chase, Agnes 1869-1963
United States Dept. of Agriculture
United States National Herbarium
Category
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Mary Agnes Chase (1869-1963) specialized in the study of grasses and conducted extensive field work in South America, often personally funding her research trips, as it was considered inappropriate for women to conduct such work. Chase joined the Department of Agriculture in 1903 as a botanical illustrator and eventually became Scientific Assistant in Systematic Agrostology, 1907; Assistant Botanist, 1923; and Associate Botanist, 1925. In 1935, became Principal Botanist in charge of Systematic Agrostology and Custodian of the Section of Grasses, Division of Plants, United States National Museum.
Summary
Mary Agnes Chase, Honorary Curator of the United States National Herbarium at the Smithsonian Institution and Botanist at the United States Department of Agriculture, collecting plants in Brazil in 1929. Chase specialized in the study of grasses and conducted extensive field work in South America. In this picture, Chase is on horseback in front of a wood hut.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 20, Folder 1
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
1929
Standard number
96-548 or Chase Neg. # 1968
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
Type
Photographic print
Person, candid
Physical description
Color: Black and White; Size: 2w x 3h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Place
South America
Brazil
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Topic
Collectors and collecting
Expeditions
Field Work
National Collections
Women--History
Agrostology
Tropical Biology
Botany
Scientific expeditions
Women
Grasses
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Record ID
siris_sic_9227