|Birth Date||November 21, 1892|
|Birthplace||Arthur Illinois, USA|
|Death Date||July 5, 1985|
|Death Location||Evanston Illinois, USA|
|Summary||World renowned botanist and conservation advocate Margery Carlson (1892-1985) lived in Evanston from 1930 until her death in 1985. She taught botany at Northwestern University and was a research associate at the Field Museum, helping build its plant collection through her travels around the world. Later she was involved with the Illinois Nature Conservancy, helping to preserve Volo Bog, Illinois State Beach and Matthiessen State Park. She was active in Evanston throughout her life, promoting Victory Gardens during WWII and helping create the Lighthouse Nature Center (the Carlson Greenhouse is named for her).|
|Significance||Margery Claire Carlson, Ph.D. (1892-1985)
Margery Claire Carlson, Ph.D. was a botanist and professor who was committed to local nature preservation and conservation. Born in Arthur, Illinois in 1892, Carlson moved to Evanston in 1912 to begin her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University. Carlson completed her Bachelor of Science in biology from Northwestern in 1916 and subsequently earned a masterís degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1920 and 1925, respectively...More|
|Father||John E. Carlson|
|Mother||Nellie Marie Johnson|
|Spouse(s) and Occupation(s)|| |
|Education||University of Wisconsin: PhD in Botany, 1919-1925.
Northwestern University: BS, 1912-1916.
La Salle-Peru Township High School, La Salle, Illinois.|
|Years in Evanston||Returned in 1930-1985|
|Sources||Archives and Collections:
"Carlson, Margery." Biographical Files. Evanston History Center. Evanston, IL.
"Evanston Garden Club." Subject Files. Evanston History Center. Evanston, IL.
"Evanston Women." Subject Files. Evanston History Center. Evanston, IL.
Northwestern University Archives.
"Evanston War Garden Fete to Close Tonight; Make Final Awards in High School Armory." Chicago Daily Tribune, September 5, 1943. Accessed in ProQuest Historical Papers Chicago Tribune (1...More|