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Mary L. Bowerman papers

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Mary L. Bowerman papers, 1915-2000 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Overview

Title: Mary L. Bowerman papers, 1915-2000Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1925-1989

Primary Creator: Bowerman, Mary L. (Mary Leolin) (1908-2005)

Extent: 7.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Arranged in five series, one of which has been further arranged in three subseries.

Series 1: Research Files, 1915-2000

          Subseries 1: Mount Diablo, 1915-2000

          Subseries 2: British Columbia, 1933-1948

          Subseries 3: Botanical research, 1929-1936

Series 2: Field Books, 1927-1983

Series 3: Student Papers, 1925-1937

Series 4: Correspondence, 1946-1989

Series 5: Biographical Materials, 1952-1981

Subjects: Botanists - California, Botany - British Columbia, Botany - California - Mount Diablo, Bowerman, Mary L. (Mary Leolin) - Archives, Conservationists - California, Diablo, Mount (Calif.), University of California, Berkeley., Women in science

Forms of Material: Botanists - California - Archives, Correspondence, Field notes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These papers document the professional and personal life of Mary L. Bowerman, California botanist, author of Flora of Mount Diablo, and cofounder of Save Mount Diablo. The collection includes research files, scientific notes and data, correspondence, student work, photographs, and personal memorabilia.

Biographical Note

Mary Leolin Bowerman (1908-2005), botanist, conservationist, and expert on the flora of Mount Diablo, was born on January 25, 1908 in Toronto, Canada to Lindley Bowerman and Ada Sarah Wesson Bowerman. As a child she lived in England and moved to Pasadena, California as a teenager. She attended Pasadena High School and Junior College, where she developed an interest in natural history and botany. She enrolled at the University of California in Berkeley at 1928 and received her A. B. in botany in 1930. She choose to continue her studies in botany at Berkeley and planned to obtain her  M. S. degree under the direction of Dr. Willis Jepson, but switched to a Ph. D. based on the complexity of her studies. Her botanical work focused on the flora of Mount Diablo, a project she began as a senior at the suggestion of Dr. Herbert Mason.  She collected data on climate, soils, geology, paleobotany of Mount Diablo and visited the area extensively between 1930 and 1935. After receiving her Ph. D. in 1936, she was able to continue devoting herself to botanical studies, publishing her doctoral dissertation, "A phytogeographic analysis of the vascular plants of Mount Diablo, California" in 1944 as The flowering plants and ferns of Mount Diablo, California; their distribution and association into plant communities. Her next botanical project was a flora of British Columbia based on the specimens of Thomas T. McCabe. However, this work was never finished, partly as a result of McCabe's death in 1948.

She moved from Berkeley to Lafayette, California in 1954 and was active in the Sierra Club and the California Native Plant Society. In 1971, with Art Bonwell, Bowerman became concerned about the encroachment of development on Mount Diablo and founded the group Save Mount Diablo. She served as the Save Mount Diablo vice president until 1995  and was on the Lands Acquisition Committee until her death in 2005. The group was able to expand the state park's boundaries from 6788 acres in 1971 to more than 20,000 acres in 2005. For her work to save Mount Diablo she was awarded a State of California Golden Bear Award, the John Muir Conservation Award, the Contra Costa County Women's Hall of Fame, and the Daughters of the American Revolutions' National Conservation Medal among many other honors. On May 22, 1982, the trail at the summit of Mount Diablo was named the Mary Leolin Bowerman Fire Interpretative Trail. In 2002, she collaborated with Dr. Barbara Ertter, Curator of Western North American Flora at the Jepson Herbarium, to produce an updated and expanded version of her book, The flowering plants and ferns of Mount Diablo, California.

Mary Leolin Bowerman passed away on August 21, 2005 at her home in Lafayette, California.

Subject/Index Terms

Botanists - California
Botany - British Columbia
Botany - California - Mount Diablo
Bowerman, Mary L. (Mary Leolin) - Archives
Conservationists - California
Diablo, Mount (Calif.)
University of California, Berkeley.
Women in science

Administrative Information

Repository: University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has not been assigned to the University and Jepson Herbaria Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University and Jepson Herbaria Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the publisher.

Preferred Citation: Mary Bowerman Papers, University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley.


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[Series 1: Research files, 1915-2000],
[Series 2: Field notes, 1927-1983],
[Series 3: Student papers, 1925-1937],
[Series 4: Correspondence, 1946-1989],
[Series 5: Biographical materials, 1952-1981],
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Series 1: Research files, 1915-2000Add to your cart.
This series documents Mary L. Bowerman's botanical research activities. Files include notes, correspondence, clippings, photographs, printed matter, and manuscripts.  Arranged into 3 subseries: Subseries 1: Mount Diablo; Subseries 2: British Columbia; Subseries 3: Botanical research.
Sub-Series 1: Mount Diablo, 1915-2000Add to your cart.
This subseries contains material relating to Bowerman's doctoral dissertation and subsequent research on Mount Diablo.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Plants of Mt. Diablo exhibit, 1936-1939Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and photographs of exhibit displays.
Folder 2: Mount Diablo vegetation reading notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mount Diablo permits, fires, names, and locations, 1931-1940Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence, notes, and clippings.
Folder 4: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Printing, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Mount Diablo field notes and rough dataAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings and printed matter, 1915-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Plates: Flowering plants and ferns of Mount DiabloAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs.
Folder 9: Illustrations and photographs for the Flowering plants and ferns of Mount DiabloAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Plants distributedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: The common flowering plants of Mount Diablo State Park, 1935-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Mount Diablo distributional dataAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Notes from Barbara Ertter, 2000Add to your cart.
From Ertter and Bowerman's 2002 revision of the Flowering plants and ferns of Mount Diablo.
Folder 14: Mary Bowerman plant collections indexAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Printed matterAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Kah Woo Koom Mt. Diablo Study, 1962-1966Add to your cart.
Report of studies on Mt. Diablo by sixth graders under the supervision of Mary Bowerman and Joanne Taylor.
Folder 17: Temelpa Mt. Tamalpais Study, 1963-1966Add to your cart.
Report of studies on Mt. Tamalpais by sixth graders under the supervision of Joanne Taylor.
Folder 18: Plates: Mount DiabloAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs.
Folder 19: Mount Diablo photographs, nothing usedAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs.
Folder 20: Mount Diablo history and collections, 1938-1942Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence and information about plants collected by William H. Brewer on Mount Diablo.
Folder 21: Mount Diablo springsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Mount Diablo drafts and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Mount Diablo soils and geologyAdd to your cart.
Notes and correspondence.
Folder 24: Climate (1 of 2), 1931-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Climate (2 of 2), 1914-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Mount Diablo book publication, 1938-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Mount Diablo manuscript (1 of 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Mount Diablo manuscript (2 of 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Mount Diablo manuscript (3 of 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Mount Diablo manuscript (4 of 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Mount Diablo manuscript (5 of 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Mount Diablo manuscript (6 of 6)Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Mount Diablo book: reviews and correspondence, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 6: Mount Diablo plant location card fileAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: British Columbia, 1933-1948Add to your cart.
This subseries contains material from Bowerman's work with Thomas T. McCabe's vascular plant specimens from British Columbia.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A preliminary taxonomic survey of the genus Salix in British Columbia by John Fraser Davidson, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Salix manuscript (1 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Salix manuscript (2 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Salix manuscript (3 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: McCabe field notes (1 of 3), 1933-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 6: McCabe field notes (2 of 3), 1935-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 7: McCabe field notes (3 of 3), 1935-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes (1 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Notes (2 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Notes (3 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: McCabe's reprints, 1931-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 12: British Columbia references notes (1 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: British Columbia references notes (2 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: British Columbia references notes (3 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: British Columbia references notes (4 of 4)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: British Columbia Flora manuscript (1 of 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: British Columbia Flora manuscript (2 of 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: British Columbia Flora manuscript (3 of 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: British Columbia Flora manuscript (4 of 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 20: British Columbia Flora manuscript (5 of 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 21: British Columbia Flora manuscript (6 of 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: British Columbia Flora manuscript (7 of 7)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: McCabe's lists of determinations by specialistsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: The genus Viola in British ColumbiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Macoun: miscellaneous notes on the flora of British ColumbiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: McCabe numerical list 1-3600Add to your cart.
List of plant specimens of Britsh Columbia collected by T. S. McCabe.
Folder 29: McCabe collections, 1933-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 30: McCabe collections, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 31: McCabe collections, 1936Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: McCabe collections, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 2: McCabe collections, 1938-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Plants of British ColumbiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Plants of British ColumbiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: McCabe's numerical lists: B. C. FungiAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: McCabe's numerical lists: OphioglaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: McCabe's numerical lists: PolypodiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: McCabe's numerical lists: EquisetaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: McCabe's numerical lists: SelaginellaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: McCabe's numerical lists: LycopodiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: McCabe's numerical lists: 6. TaxaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: McCabe's numerical lists: 7. PinaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: McCabe's numerical lists: 9. TyphaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: McCabe's numerical lists: 11. SparganiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: McCabe's numerical lists: 13. NaiadaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: McCabe's numerical lists: 12. PotamogetonaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: McCabe's numerical lists: 15. JuncaginaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: McCabe's numerical lists: 16. AlismaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: McCabe's numerical lists: 18. HydrocharitaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: McCabe's numerical lists: 20. GraminaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: McCabe's numerical lists: 21. CyperaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: McCabe's numerical lists: 24. AraceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: McCabe's numerical lists: 25. LemnaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: McCabe's numerical lists: 37. JuncaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: McCabe's numerical lists: 39. LiliaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: McCabe's numerical lists: 45. IridaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: McCabe's numerical lists: 51. OrchidaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: McCabe's numerical lists: 57. SalicaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: McCabe's numerical lists: 58. MyricaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: McCabe's numerical lists: 62. BetulaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: McCabe's numerical lists: 63. FagaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: McCabe's numerical lists: 66. UrticaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: McCabe's numerical lists: 68. LoranthaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: McCabe's numerical lists: 70. SantalaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: McCabe's numerical lists: 75. AristolochiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: McCabe's numerical lists: 78. PolygonaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: McCabe's numerical lists: 79. ChenopodiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: McCabe's numerical lists: 80. AmarantaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: McCabe's numerical lists: 86. PortulaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: McCabe's numerical lists: 88. CaryophyllaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: McCabe's numerical lists: 89. NympheaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: McCabe's numerical lists: 92. RanunculaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: McCabe's numerical lists: 94. BerberidaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: McCabe's numerical lists: 105. PapaveraceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: McCabe's numerical lists: 106. CrucifereaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: McCabe's numerical lists: 108. CapparidaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: McCabe's numerical lists: 113. DroseraceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: McCabe's numerical lists: 118. SaxifragaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: McCabe's numerical lists: 127. RosaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: McCabe's numerical lists: 129. LeguminosaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: McCabe's numerical lists: 130. GeraniaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: McCabe's numerical lists: 131. OxalidaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: McCabe's numerical lists: 133. LinaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: McCabe's numerical lists: 148. EuphorbiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: McCabe's numerical lists: 149. CallitricheaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: McCabe's numerical lists: 151. EmpetraceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: McCabe's numerical lists: 153. LimnanthaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: McCabe's numerical lists: 154. AnacardiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: McCabe's numerical lists: 159. CelastraceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: McCabe's numerical lists: 164. AceraceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: McCabe's numerical lists: 169. BalsaminaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: McCabe's numerical lists: 170. RhamnaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: McCabe's numerical lists: 176. MalvaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: McCabe's numerical lists: 187. GuttiferaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: McCabe's numerical lists: 198. ViolaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 66: McCabe's numerical lists: 206. LoasaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 67: McCabe's numerical lists: 210. CactaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 68: McCabe's numerical lists: 215. EleagnaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: McCabe's numerical lists: 224. OnagraceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: McCabe's numerical lists: 225. HaloragidaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: McCabe's numerical lists: 227. AraliaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: McCabe's numerical lists: 228. UmbelliferaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: McCabe's numerical lists: 229. CornaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 74: McCabe's numerical lists: 231. PyrolaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: McCabe's numerical lists: 238. EricaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 76: McCabe's numerical lists: 237. PrimulaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 77: McCabe's numerical lists: 238. PlumbaginaceaeAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: McCabe's numerical lists: 243. OleaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: McCabe's numerical lists: 246. GentianaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: McCabe's numerical lists: 247. ApocynacaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: McCabe's numerical lists: 248. AsclepiadaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: McCabe's numerical lists: 249. ConvolvulaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: McCabe's numerical lists: 250. PolemoniaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: McCabe's numerical lists: 251. HydrophyllaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: McCabe's numerical lists: 252. BoraginaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: McCabe's numerical lists: 253. VerbenaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: McCabe's numerical lists: 254. LabiataeAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: McCabe's numerical lists: 256. SolanaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: McCabe's numerical lists: 257. ScrophulariaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: McCabe's numerical lists: 261. OrobanchaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: McCabe's numerical lists: 264. LentibulariaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: McCabe's numerical lists: 269. PlantaginaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: McCabe's numerical lists: 270. RubiaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: McCabe's numerical lists: 271. CaprifoliaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: McCabe's numerical lists: 273. ValerianaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: McCabe's numerical lists: 276. CampanulaceaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: McCabe's alphabetical lists: AAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: McCabe's alphabetical lists: BAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: McCabe's alphabetical lists: CAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: McCabe's alphabetical lists: DAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: McCabe's alphabetical lists: EAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: McCabe's alphabetical lists: FAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: McCabe's alphabetical lists: GAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: McCabe's alphabetical lists: HAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: McCabe's alphabetical lists: IAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: McCabe's alphabetical lists: KAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: McCabe's alphabetical lists: LAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: McCabe's alphabetical lists: MAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: McCabe's alphabetical lists: NAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: McCabe's alphabetical lists: OAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: McCabe's alphabetical lists: PAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: McCabe's alphabetical lists: QAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: McCabe's alphabetical lists: RAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: McCabe's alphabetical lists: SAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: McCabe's alphabetical lists: TAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: McCabe's alphabetical lists: UAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: McCabe's alphabetical lists: V, W, X, Y, ZAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Botanical field notes, British Columbia, T. T. McCabe, 1933-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 42: British Columbia Flora notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Pinus spp. photographs, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Correspondence, 1936-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 45: British Columbia willowsAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: British Columbia willowsAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: McCabe duplicatesAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 2: British Columbia card fileAdd to your cart.
Item 3: British Columbia literature cited card fileAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Unlabeled British Columbia card fileAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Botanical research, 1929-1936Add to your cart.
This subseries contains materials pertaining to Bowerman's additional botanical work, including her trips to the Marquesas with the Pacific Entomological Survey.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Kern County type localitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Pacific Entomological Survey: Marquesas (1 of 2), 1933-1936Add to your cart.
Correspondence and notes.
Folder 51: Pacific Entomological Survey: Marquesas (2 of 2), 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Taxonomic plant notesAdd to your cart.
Includes correspondence from Willis Linn Jepson.
Folder 53: Viola (1 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Viola (2 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Viola (3 of 3)Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Box of glass microscope slidesAdd to your cart.

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[Series 3: Student papers, 1925-1937],
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