Color: Black and White; Size: 2 x 5; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
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.
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.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 20, Photo Album #1