Grasses in Brazil/Photo by Mary Agnes Chase

ID: 96-552 or Chase # 1962

Creator: Chase, Agnes 1869-1963

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1929

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 20, Photo Album #1

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Photo of grasses in Brazil from Mary Agnes Chase's scrapbook of an expedition to Brazil in 1929. Chase was curator of the Grass Herbarium at the United States National Museum at the Smithsonian and a botanist with the United States Department of Agriculture.


  • Chase, Agnes 1869-1963
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture
  • United States National Herbarium
  • United States National Museum


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  • Mary Agnes Chase (1869-1963) specialized in the study of grasses and conducted extensive field work in South America, often personally funding her research trips, as it was considered inappropriate for women to conduct such work. Chase joined the Department of Agriculture in 1903 as a botanical illustrator and eventually became Scientific Assistant in Systematic Agrostology, 1907; Assistant Botanist, 1923; and Associate Botanist, 1925. In 1935, became Principal Botanist in charge of Systematic Agrostology and Custodian of the Section of Grasses, Division of Plants, United States National Museum.
  • The original negative number of this image is Chase Negative 1962.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 20, Photo Album #1

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  • Agrostology
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  • Plants
  • Grasses
  • History
  • Tropical Biology
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  • Smithsonian Institution
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  • South America
  • Brazil
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  • Landscape

ID Number

96-552 or Chase # 1962

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 2 x 5; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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