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Margery Carlson

Birth DateNovember 21, 1892
BirthplaceArthur Illinois, USA
Death DateJuly 5, 1985
Death LocationEvanston Illinois, USA
SummaryWorld 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).
SignificanceMargery 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
FatherJohn E. Carlson
MotherNellie Marie Johnson
Spouse(s) and Occupation(s)
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin: PhD in Botany, 1919-1925. Northwestern University: BS, 1912-1916. La Salle-Peru Township High School, La Salle, Illinois.
Years in EvanstonReturned in 1930-1985
SourcesArchives 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. Newspapers: "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


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