This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada

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This Wild Spirit captures the experience of Canadian, American and British women in the Canadian Rocky Mountains from the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century through their creative responses to their adventures, including photographs and paintings, embroidery, beading, novels, travel diaries and letters, plays and poetry, posters and published articles. The book is arranged in six sections, each with introductions that provide historical and social contexts for the materials. Includes information about and writings by Mary Morris Vaux Walcott, wife of fourth Smithsonian Secretary, Charles Doolittle Walcott, who painted wild flowers and explored the Canadian Rockies. Includes three letters from Mary Vaux Walcott to Charles D. Walcott, fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Miss Mary Vaux (as she was known before she married Charles Doolittle Walcott) was the first woman to climb Mount Stephen.


  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Walcott, Mary Vaux 1860-1940
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company History


Smithsonian History Bibliography

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Women
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Art
  • Women paleontologists
  • Wild flowers
  • Scientific Illustrators
  • Plants
  • Explorers, Women
  • History
  • Scientific illustration
  • Artists
  • Biography
  • Botany
  • Women--History
  • Art--History
  • Botany--Wild flowers
  • Women--artists


  • Canadian Rockies (B.C. and Alta.)
  • Canada
  • Banff National Park (Alta.)


First edition

Physical description

Number of pages: 500; Page numbers : i-xxix, 1-475

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