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Linda Lear Papers

Identifier: MS-046

Content Description

The professional papers of environmental historian, Dr. Linda Lear, encompassing her publications, lectures, and talks over a more than 45 year period.


  • 1974 - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers. Certain series restrictions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of these materials may not be held by Connecticut College. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Researchers are responsible for identifying the copyright holder and securing permission to reproduce copyrighted materials beyond “fair use” before publishing.

Biographical / Historical

Linda Lear, biographer and historian, holds a Ph.D. in History from George Washington University. She has served as a Senior Smithsonian Research Associate, a Beinecke Fellow, Research Professor of Environmental History at George Washington University and Senior Research Scholar in History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is currently Senior Fellow of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at Connecticut College where she is a Trustee Emeritus. In 1999,she was honored with the Goodwin-Niering Center Alumni Environmental Achievement Award. Her books include Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature; Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson; Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, published in the UK by Penguin in paper as Beatrix Potter: The Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Genius, and Harold L. Ickes: The Aggressive Progressive, 1874-1933.


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The papers are organized into five (5) series. Series I comprises speeches/lectures; Series II comprises publications by Lear; Series III comprises reviews of Lear's professional writings; Series IV comprises Lear's correspondence; Series V is a collection of other author's publications related to environmental history.

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Linda Lear papers
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Repository Details

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

Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave
New London CT 06320 United States