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Botany, Class of 1934

An exhibit on the life and career of Dartmouth's first tenured female faculty member. Based on the final research paper of Caroline Cook '21, “She Had the Misfortune of Being a Woman: The Story of Hannah Croasdale, Pioneer in Algae and Academia.”

Botany - Class of 1934, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory

Botany, Class of 1934

Hannah Croasdale with her friends at Woods Hole.

Hannah Croasdale with her friends at Woods Hole

Mounted Algae, Dasya elegans, collected at Woods Hole

Mounted Algae, Dasya elegans

Degree for Doctor of Philsophy, University of Pennsylvania

Degree for Doctor of Philosophy

Professor Hannah T. Croasdale

An exhibit on the life and career of Dartmouth's first tenured female faculty member. Based on the final research paper of Caroline Cook '21, “She Had the Misfortune of Being a Woman: The Story of Hannah Croasdale, Pioneer in Algae and Academia.”

 

Caroline Cook began her term of residence in Summer 2018 with an interest in early female faculty at Dartmouth, an interest that eventually led her to study the striking life of Hannah Croasdale, a compelling force in the history of women at Dartmouth and women in the sciences, whose personal papers are located in Rauner Special Collections Library.

Cook considers Hannah to be a perfect example of the difference between how we remember trailblazers and pioneers and how they view themselves. She believes there is often a disconnect between the way these important figures see their work and the way we remember them today. For more on this perspective, see her article in Lady Science, “To Respect a Ghost: Remembering Women Pioneers as They Wanted.” To read Cook's fellowship blog post, visit the Rauner Library blog.

Curation by Myranda Fuentes, Institutional History Research Specialist, with item descriptions by Scout Noffke, Reference & Administrative Specialist.

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