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Edgar A. Mearns
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Edgar A. Mearns, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-115922

Additional Resources and Further Reading

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Edgar Alexander Mearns Papers Finding Aid:

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The Auk:

History of Ornithology

  • Barrow, Mark V. A Passion for Birds: American Ornithology After Audubon. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • Lewis, Daniel. The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

History of Collecting and Natural History

  • Conn, Steven. Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
  • Goldstein, Daniel. 1994. "Yours for Science: The Smithsonian Institution's Correspondents and the Shape of Scientific Community in Nineteenth-Century America". Isis. 85: 573-599.
  • Jardine, Nicholas, James A. Secord, and E. C. Spary. Cultures of Natural History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

The American West and the Indian Wars

  • Blackhawk, Ned. Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2006.
  • Goetzmann, William H. Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West. New York: Knopf, 1966.
  • Utley, Robert M. Frontier Regulars; The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891. New York: Macmillan, 1974.

The Philippine-American War

  • Kramer, Paul A. The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, & the Philippines. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
  • Miller, Stuart Creighton. Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.
  • Silbey, David. A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007.

Roosevelt's Africa Expedition

  • Roosevelt, Theodore. African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist. New York: Scribner, 1910.
  • Thompson, J. Lee. Theodore Roosevelt Abroad: Nature, Empire, and the Journey of an American President. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era

  • Edwards, Rebecca. New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865-1905. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Lears, T. J. Jackson. Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

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