Mary Agnes Chase Field Books
This Flickr set documents the field work of Mary Agnes Chase (1869-1963) and her long time collaboration with fellow botanist Albert Spear Hitchcock. These images are from photograph albums in Record Unit 229 at Smithsonian Institution Archives and SIA Acc. 11-093 at the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany. Chase began as a botanical illustrator at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Through self study while working at the USDA and in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s department of botany, she became one of the foremost grass specialists of her time. During much of her career at the USDA, she worked closely with A. S. Hitchcock with whom she wrote and published The North American Species of Panicum in 1910. Hitchcock was featured in the Field Book Project’s Flickr set, Albert Spear Hitchcock Field Books, from Spring 2011.

Images in this collection are from Chase’s field work in Brazil, during the 1920’s, primarily covering her ascent of Mt. Itatiaia, the highest mountain in Brazil, when she was in her mid-fifties. Photographs were selected to provide a glimpse of her personal and professional time in the field. Other images come from a photograph album compiled by Chase, showing images from field work in Mexico and parts of the United States that may include work completed by Hitchcock.

To learn more about Mary Agnes Chase and her field books, visit “The Field Book Project Blog”.

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