Chase album, 1898, 1903, and undated

About the Project

Explore a variety of locations ranging from Alaska to Trinidad through Mary Agnes Chase's album of several hundred black-and-white photographs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Mary Agnes Chase (1869-1963) began working for the USDA as a botanical artist in 1903 and eventually retired as a senior botanist in 1939. She was a leading grass specialist of the time, as well as an active participant in social and political causes including the woman’s suffrage movement – involvement that nearly cost Chase her job. As a female scientist, she overcame many barriers through her work. This photograph album includes images of landscapes, cities, industry, vegetation, and people from various areas of the United States and Central America.

Help us transcribe captions and other details from the album to better showcase the history of these places and Chase's work.

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