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Mary Jobe Akeley collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS007
The Mary Jobe Akeley collection chiefly contains materials concerning the establishment and activities of the Akeley Trust and the Peace Sanctuary in Mystic, Connecticut, following her death in 1966.

Dates

  • 1900-1999
  • Majority of material found in 1941-1969

Creator

Language of Materials

In English.

Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Extent

2.54 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversized box)

Overview

Correspondence and photographs of Mary Jobe Akeley, and papers concerning Camp Mystic and the Akeley Trust.

Biographical History

Mary Jobe Akeley is remembered as an explorer of remote wldernesses, first in Northwest Canada and then with her husband Carl Akeley in Africa. While on Mary's second expedition to Africa in 1926, Carl Akeley died of fever. Mary Jobe Akeley continued the expedition and returned to the United States to deidcate herself to land conservation, which she claims was a commission she received from her dying husband. She continued the work of Camp Mystic, an outdoor camp to strengthen the minds and bodies of girls and young women, which she had begun in 1916. She also lectured and wrote on the work of Carl Akeley and the cause of African conservation.

Arrangement

Organized in a single series.

Acquisitions Information

Donated to Connecticut College by Professor Emeritus of Botany Richard H. Goodwin, who worked with Akeley in local conservation efforts.

Processed by

Benjamin Panciera
Title
Inventory of the Mary Jobe Akeley Collection
Status
completed
Author
Amber Pero
Date
2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017: Finding aid entered into ArchivesSpace and encoded in EAD by Amber Pero, April 2017

Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

Contact:
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