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Mary Knapp Strong Clemens (1873-1965) with Joseph Clemens (1862-1936)

Description: Mary Knapp Strong Clemens (1873-1965) is shown at the New York Botanical Garden with her husband, Joseph Clemens (1862-1936), an ordained Methodist minister who had become a U.S. Army Chaplain in 1902. While stationed in the Philippines, Mary and Joseph began collecting botanical specimens for scientists throughout the world. After his death, Mary carried on that work for almost 30 years, eventually immigrating to Australia, where she worked at the Queensland Herbarium.


Creator/Photographer: Frank Thone


Medium: Black and white photographic print


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Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives


Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.


Accession number: SIA2008-0146

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Taken on March 18, 2009