A Guide to the Mary Sophie Young Papers, 1914-1918
Mary Sophie Young, botanist, was born in Glendale, Ohio, on September 20, 1872 (possibly 1870). She attended Ohio public schools, Harcourt Place Seminary, and Wellesley College, from which she received a B.A. degree in 1895. From that time until 1906 she taught in schools in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Wisconsin and took correspondence courses from the University of Chicago. She attended the University of Chicago from 1906 to 1910, when she received a Ph.D. degree from that institution.
In the fall of 1910, Young joined the University of Texas faculty as a botany tutor. She was promoted to the rank of instructor the following year. In 1912, she was assigned to teach a course in taxonomy and put in charge of the university's herbarium.
In 1917, Young's A Key to the Families and Genera of the Wild Plants of Austin, Texas was published as University of Texas Bulletin No. 1754. In 1920, she published The Seed Plants, Ferns and Fern Allies of the Austin Region as University of Texas Bulletin No. 2065. The journal from her summer 1914 expedition to the Trans-Pecos area was published posthumously in two issues of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (January, April 1962).
Young died of cancer on March 5, 1919 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.
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The Mary Sophie Young Papers comprise four volumes of manuscript botanical field notes created by Dr. Young, University of Texas botany professor from 1910 to 1919, on various trips in western Texas between 1914 and 1918. The 1914 section contains an extensive narrative on the Trans-Pecos area that was published posthumously in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 1962.
This collection is open for research use.
Mary Sophie Young Papers, 1914-1918, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, February 1962.
Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, March 2014.
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