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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 3: Student papers, 1925-1937Add to your cart.
This series contains material from classes Bowerman took at Pasadena Junior College and the University of California, Berkeley.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Political Science, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Hygiene, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 58: History of modern Europe, 1926-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Botany drawingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Botany drawings, 1926-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Botany drawings, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 62: English notes, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Psychology, 1927Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Geology C2A-B, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 2: History of Philosophy C2A-B, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 3: History of Philosophy C2A-B, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Zoology notes C-1A, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Zoology notebook C-1A, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Zoology notes C-1B, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Zoology C-1B drawings, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Genetics 100, 1928Add to your cart.
With Professor Collins.
Folder 9: Botany 104A, 1928Add to your cart.
The California forests with Dr. Mason.
Folder 10: Chemistry 1A-1B, 1928-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Botany 7, 1929Add to your cart.
Experimental plant physiology with Dr. Holman.
Folder 12: Botany 7, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Botany 104B, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Botany 111, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Genetics 101, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 16: American Political Institutions, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Botany 105, 1929Add to your cart.
With Dr. Gardner.
Folder 18: Organic Chemistry 8, 1929Add to your cart.
With Dr. Porter.
Folder 19: Paleontology 1, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Paleontology 1, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Mathematics exams, 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Cytology, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Botany 109, 1930Add to your cart.
Histology with Dr. McKay.
Folder 24: Botany 109, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Physics 2A, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Genetics seminar and Nicotiana notes, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Botany 151, 1932Add to your cart.
Climatic distribution of plants with Dr. Setchell.
Folder 28: Botany 150, 1932Add to your cart.
History of botany with Dr. Setchell.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ferns, 1933Add to your cart.
With Dr. Setchell.
Folder 2: Ferns, 1933Add to your cart.
With Dr. Setchell.
Folder 3: Botany 105B, 1934Add to your cart.
With Dr. Gardner.
Folder 4: Qualifying examination, 6 October 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Botany 110A, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Soil technology 100, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Zoology 113, 1937Add to your cart.
Includes detailed observations of birds from the Berkeley campus and surrounding areas.

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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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