Category Archives: Stories from the Archives

Dearly Departed: The fascinating lives and letters in the MVZ Correspondence Collection

The MVZ Archives has three new undergraduate students working on the IMLS funded project, “Strategic Stewardship for Sustaining the Archives of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.” Our students are working on the MVZ’s active correspondence collection and identifying correspondents who are deceased. … Continue reading

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The Woman Beyond the Portrait: Annie and Samuel Alexander’s 1904 Expedition to East Africa

by Jackie L. Childers One of the major undertakings of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology’s (MVZ) Archives project is digitizing historical photographs. This includes maps, images of specimens and landscapes, as well as portraits of some of the MVZ’s founding … Continue reading

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Looking at the Screech Owl

Written by Masha Paramonova, a 3rd year student participating in URAP for fall 2016 and studying biology.  As I’ve already looked through hundreds of archived photos in the MVZ’s collection, it can be hard to pick a couple that stand … Continue reading

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Historic Environmentalism

Mary McDonnell is a sophomore majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies.  By being a part of the College of Natural Resources, the majority of my classes entail learning dark details of the world’s declining environmental state. Statistics, graphs, and charts … Continue reading

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A sunny Berkeley morning in 1910

  This pastoral, picturesque scene of a sun-dappled oak grove is just one image of the UC Berkeley Campus to be found in the MVZ photographic archives. This particular view was taken from the north entrance at the old museum site by Harry … Continue reading

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Sublime Mountain Vista

Tulasi Johnson is a senior in the History of Art department at UC Berkeley. The formal qualities of this photograph taken by Annie Alexander, founder of both the UC Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, recalls the picturesque, … Continue reading

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From the Field: Western Deserts

The archives at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology contribute more to modern research projects than one might originally be led to believe. More than 100 years ago, Joseph Grinnell began his career as the founding Director of the Museum of … Continue reading

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