A. Myra Keen Haying with her Father

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A. Myra Keen, age 9, is haying with her father. A. Myra (Angeline Myra) Keen (1905-1986), an expert on the systematics of Cenozoic marine mollusks, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado College in 1930, received her M.A. at Stanford in 1931, and her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1934. While working on her Ph.D., Keen volunteered to help Ida Shepard Oldroyd with her work on shells at Stanford University. Unable to find employment in her field when she graduated, Keen continued her volunteer work on the shell collection at Stanford. She soon came under the influence of Hubert Gregory Schenck, a paleontologist, who encouraged her to concentrate on malacology. Keen spent the remainder of her career at the University. Her collections eventually came to the Smithsonian.


  • Keen, A. Myra (Angeline Myra) 1905-
  • Stanford University


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Photograph included in the transcript of the A. Myra Keen Oral History Interview by Eugene Victor Coan, September 1983, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9527, Box 1, A. Myra Keen Oral History Interview

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