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Bertha Sanford Dodge Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms036

The Bertha Sanford Dodge Papers include letters to David Kaser regarding manuscript of her book, Plants that Changed the World. There are also a prospectus and sample chapters of this study, originally called The Plant Hunters and a typescript final draft of Plants that Changed the World, including manuscript revision and galley proofs, dated August 20, 1958.


  • Creation: 1958-1959


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Biographical Information

Bertha Sanford Dodge was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 23, 1902, married Carroll W. Dodge (Botanist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Vermont) in 1925 and gave birth to two daughters, Anne (Hooper) and Mary (Van Citters). Dodge received her A.B. at Radcliffe in 1920 and her M.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1922. She spent most of her life teaching high school and first year college science courses. In 1944, she ran a year-long radio program on the St. Louis City Hospital. She was an International Institute Board Member from 1956 to 1959 and a member of the National Writers' Club and the Society of Technical Writers. Her writings include: Introduction to Chemistry (1948), The Story of Nursing (1954), Plants that Changed the World (1959), This is Engineeering (1963), Hands That Help (1967), Potatoes and People (1970) and various short stories. Dodge had traveled extensively in Latin America, spoke Spanish and German and read Portugese and French. She died March 5, 1995 in South Burlington, Vermont.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bertha Sanford Dodge

Processing Information

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff, June 1969

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  • 2020 December 11: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
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