1902. Half cloth over leather and card portfolio, floral paper interior. Containing 36 individual packets comprised of a descriptive hand-filled cover sheet, manuscript poem, and herbal specimen; 108 pages and 36 specimens in all. Part of Annie Overholtzer's coursework at the State Normal School in preparation for earning her teaching degree. The 1910 Census reveals that Annie became a public-school teacher in Sumner, Oregon, living in a local boarding house during the school year.
The present is an exceptional, complete example of a woman's scientific training to teach secondary sciences. Provided with a form to fill out for each specimen, Annie completes each meticulously, neatly, and in detail. In addition to documenting information about the anatomy of the flora, she identifies the Latin family, genus, and species as well as the common local names; and she uses the right margin to provide sketches of her specimen before mounting it to the final page of each packet. While the initial section of each packet is standard -- something each student was required to complete properly -- the center page that largely operated as a guard for the specimen provided Annie and her classmates with an opportunity for creative expression that personalized their submissions. Some selections come from the well-known works of the period, from Keats, Byron, and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam. Others come from lesser or unknown female poets, such as Elva Whealdon, Ella Gross, or Emma Herrick Weed (possibly classmates).
A well-preserved record of early 20th century teacher education, an opportunity to examine and identify the region of her work through her recorded flora, as well as a document of one young woman's poetic tastes and preferences. The present is an example of women -- and educators' -- experience of the sciences and humanities as linked rather than discrete courses of study. (Item #3956)