Eigenmann, Rosa Smith, 1858-1947

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Indiana University student and wife of Professor Carl H. Eigenmann.

Rosa Smith Eigenmann was an internationally known ichthyologist and the first librarian of the San Diego Society of Natural History. She wrote numerous articles of her studies and was considered an authority on fish. She studied at Indiana University under David Starr Jordan and was the first woman to be the president of the I.U. chapter of Sigma Xi, an honorary science society.

From the description of Rosa Smith Eigenmann papers, 1880-1927. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 46766360

Rosa Smith Eigenmann was an internationally known ichthyologist and the first librarian of the San Diego Society of Natural History. She wrote numerous articles of her studies and was considered an authority on fish.

Rosa Smith was born in Monmouth, Illinois in 1858. She was invited to study at Indiana University by David Starr Jordan and was a student from 1880-1882. Through Jordan she met her future husband, Carl H. Eigenmann and the two married in 1887. Before going to Harvard to study the Agassiz fish collections, the couple were curators at the California Academy of Sciences at San Francisco. They also spent much time in South America collecting and studying fresh water fish. Eigenmann did not let her gender prevent her from accomplishing anything she set out to do. Some sources indicate she was the first woman to enter Harvard; the first woman to be the president of the I.U. chapter of Sigma Xi, an honorary science society; and the first woman to determine a new species of fish.

Eigenmann died in 1947 after being ill for several months following a series of operations on her eyes.

From the guide to the Rosa Smith Eigenmann papers, 1880-1927, (Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management http://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Eigenmann, Carl H., 1863-1927. Papers, 1851-1971. Indiana University
creatorOf Rosa Smith Eigenmann papers, 1880-1927 Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Managementhttp://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives
referencedIn Parry, C. C. (Charles Christopher), 1823-1890. Papers, 1841-1943. Iowa State University, Parks Library
creatorOf Eigenmann, Carl H., 1863-1927. Eigenmann collection of ichthyology articles, ca. 1880-1964. Indiana University
creatorOf Eigenmann, Rosa Smith, 1858-1947. Rosa Smith Eigenmann papers, 1880-1927. Indiana University
referencedIn Kate Sessions Collection, 1876-1940 San Diego History Center Document Collection
referencedIn Harvard University. Museum of Comparative Zoology. Records, 1859-1984 (inclusive), 1859-1946 (bulk). Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Indiana--Bloomington
California--San Diego
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Fishes--Research--Sources
Women ichthyologists--Correspondence
Women ichthyologists--Archives
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Birth 1858-10-07

Death 1947-01-12

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