Margaret Dora Thomson (b. 1900)

Subject: Thompson, Margaret Dora 1900-

       University of California (1868-1952)


Type: Black-and-white photographs


Topic: Zoology


Local number: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2009-4147]


Summary: Zoologist Margaret Dora Thomson (b. 1900) was at the University of California in 1920s


Cite as: Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archivess


Persistent URL:Link to data base record


Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives


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  • mystuart (on and off) PRO 3y

    Wonderful image of a serious young women early in the century. I love the walrus (or part of him) on the wall in the background. Do you think this was in the SI or at Berkeley?
  • Brenda Anderson PRO 3y

    Here's some information I found about her.

    Margaret Dora Thomson was born in January 1900, presumably in Fresno, California where she was enumerated in the 1900 census with her father Thomas Thomson (b. June 1866 in Scotland) and her mother Janet (Beaton) Thomson (b. June 1868 in Scotland)

    Her father was a foreman in a vineyard.

    Source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 4, Fresno, California; Roll: 86; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 11; FHL microfilm: 1240086.

    In the 1910 and 1920 censuses, the family is found in Gilroy, Santa Clara, California, where her father was a farm manager.

    Source: Year: 1910; Census Place: Gilroy, Santa Clara, California; Roll: T624_105; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0072; Image: 675; FHL microfilm: 1374118.
    Year: 1920; Census Place: Gilroy, Santa Clara, California; Roll: T625_146; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 129; Image: 855.

    In 1921, she was awarded a baccalaureate degree from Mills College, as announced in the Oakland Tribune on May 10, 1921

    In 1926, she was included in a list of students awarded a Masters of Art from Cal Berkeley, as announced in the Oakland Tribune on May 12, 1926

    Source: Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Oakland Tribune. Oakland, CA, USA. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper.

    Around 1927, she married Harold Kirby (b. 1900 Nova Scotia) who was a zoology professor and, at the time of his death in 1952, was the Chairman of Department of Zoology at Berkeley. They had 2 children: daughter Janet and son Roger.

    Source: Story in the Calisphere (Academic-Senate Berkeley) found online here:

    A Margaret T Kirby, born 14 Jan 1901 in California, died in Alameda, Cal on 15 Mar 1979. This is most likely her.

    Source: California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
    Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
  • Smithsonian Institution PRO 3y

    Brenda Anderson Wow, Brenda... so detailed. Thank you! These are fantastic references.

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