Midwestern naturalists: academies of science in the Mississippi valley, 1850-1900

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Summary

Goldstein traces the rise of academies of science in the Mississippi valley in the second half of the nineteenth century, focusing on the role of amateurs in science and their changing relationship to the new professional scientists who emerged during these years. He looks at such issues as the "Mound Builder Controversy," which pitted amateurs against professionals at such academies as the Davenport Academy of Natural Science in Davenport, Iowa. Goldstein analyzes the role that these academies played in creating social structures in new settlements, and the role their science played in that social structure as well.

Subject

Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Ph.D. dissertation

Contained within

(Dissertation)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1989

Topic

  • Natural History
  • Science
  • Societies
  • Professional status
  • History
  • Volunteers
  • Mound-builders
  • Science--Societies, etc
  • Science--History
  • Natural history

Place

  • Mississippi River Valley
  • Middle West

Physical description

viii, 347 pages

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