Marie Mooar Papers, 2001-2003  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Mooar, Marie, 1909-1997
Marie Mooar Papers
2001-2003 (inclusive)
1 folder
Collection Number
Mss 675
This collection contains primarily Maries Mooar’s memoir, Becoming a Mountain Woman in which she recounts her years working and living in Montana.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Marie Mooar was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1909 and raised in Michigan. She went to college at Michigan State University where she majored in science and mathematics. She graduated in 1929 at age 20 and began here life-long career teaching high school biology in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She returned to Michigan State University and obtained a masters degree in Botany in 1933. At age 50 Marie applied for and received a National Science Foundation fellowship for summer study. She chose to attend the University of Montana Biological Station on Flathead Lake. From 1959 until 1963, Marie was funded by NSF each summer to take classes and collect clams and sponges for the University of Montana and the Field Museum in Chicago. In the summer of 1964 Marie assisted Gerald Prescott and William Vinyard teaching phycology, mycology, and aquatic botany at The University of Montana Biological Station.

From 1965 to 1970 Marie Mooar was hired by University of Montana botany professor, Sherman Preece to collect wetland plant flora for the U of M herbarium during the summers. She traveled the valleys and mountains of western Montana searching for plants. Some of her favorite areas were Glacier National Park, Seeley Lake, Flathead Lake, Thompson Lakes and the Bull River. After the grant money ran out in 1970 Marie retired in 1971 from her teaching job in Michigan and moved to Montana where she collected, identified and mounted specimens at the Biological Station for the next five years. In 1977 she moved back to Michigan to be closer to family. Marie died in the winter of 1997 at the age of 88.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains primarily Maries Mooar’s memoir, Becoming a Mountain Woman in which she recounts her years working and living in Montana. In addition there are two news articles about Marie and one letter written by her daughter, Rose M Baker.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana--Missoula.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Marie Mooar Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana—Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Marie Mooar's daughter, Rose M. Baker, via Jim Habeck in 2003.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Botanical specimens--Collection and preservation--Montana
  • Botany--Montana
  • Wilderness areas--Montana
  • Wildlife management--Montana
  • Women botanists--Montana--Biography

Personal Names

  • Baker, Rose M.--Correspondence.

Corporate Names

  • Flathead Lake Biological Station
  • University of Montana (Missoula)

Geographical Names

  • Glacier National Park (Mont.)
  • Montana

Titles within the Collection

  • Becoming a mountain woman