Elzada U. Clover papers: 1938-1944
Summary Information
Title: Elzada U. Clover papers
Creator: Clover, Elzada Urseba, 1897-1980
Inclusive dates: 1938-1944
Extent: 0.2 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Extent: 2 film reels (16 mm)
Abstract:
Curator of the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens and professor in the Department of Botany; journals, films, photographs, plant list, and drawings of plant habitats from the 1938 Nevill's Colorado River Expedition and following travels in 1939; also articles written about the expedition.
Call number: 85109 Aa 2; UAl
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections Staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Elzada Clover (donor no. 6174).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research. Original film restricted, DVD use copy available and streaming file available on request.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Alternate Format:

The 16mm films in the collection were digitized in 2009 as part of a library video preservation project. Preservation master beta tapes and high resolution digital files created along with DVD and streaming files for all titles. The DVDs are available for use in the library. A selection of the streaming files may be available online at a given time, others can be mounted on request.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Elzada U. Clover papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

A native of Auburn, Nebraska, Elzada U. Clover was a teacher from 1919 to 1927 in Texas and Nebraska public schools and supervised an Indian mission school in Texas.

After graduating from the Peru, Nebraska, State Teachers College in 1930, she received her M.S. degree in 1932 and Ph.D. degree in 1935 from the University of Michigan. She then joined the Michigan faculty, rising through the ranks to become curator in the Botanical Gardens in 1957 and professor of botany in 1960. She helped to establish the cactus and succulent collection at the Botanical Gardens and also taught at the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, Mich.

During her career, Clover made frequent expeditions to the Southwest. In 1938, she was a member of the Norman Nevill party which traveled the Colorado River from Green River, Utah through Cataract and Grand canyons to Boulder Dam. Clover made the trip to catalog the flora of the Grand Canyon. She brought along Lois Jotter, a botany graduate student as her assistant. This trip, starting in July of 1938, lasted 43 days and covered 666 miles. The trip brought publicity and recognition to Nevill not only for successfully running the entire length of the Colorado River, but by having the first women aboard ever to complete the run of the entire Grand Canyon.

Clover was a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Botanical Society of America, and Michigan Academy of Science. She retired from the University of Michigan in 1967. She died in 1980.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Elzada Clover collection consists almost entirely of material relating to the 1938 Nevill's Colorado River Expedition. Included are Clover's journals, motion pictures of the trip, photographs, plant list, and drawings of plant habitats both from the 1938 Expedition and from later travels in 1939. There are also articles written about the expedition.

In 2009, DVD use copies were made of the motion pictures.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Botany.
  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Scientific expeditions -- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Botanists -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Women botanists -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Travelers -- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Women travelers -- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Arizona.
  • Botany.
  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Drawings.
  • Expeditions and surveys.
  • Indians of North America.
  • Utah.
  • Women.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Clover, Elzada Urseba, 1897-1980.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Botany.
  • University of Michigan. Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Nevills, Norman D., 1908-1949.
  • Clover, Elzada Urseba, 1897-1980.
  • Nevills, Norman D., 1908-1949.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Papers [series]
 
Colorado River Expedition
Box   1  
Colorado River Expedition Journal June 20-July 13, 1938
Box   1  
Colorado River Expedition Plant List 1938
Box   1  
Photos

(portrait and two photos from Colorado River expedition)

Box   1  
Article: "Danger Can be Fun," 1939

(reprint from Winter 1939 Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review)

Oversize Folder   1  
Drawings of plant habitats along the Colorado River
Box   1  
Journal Reprints and Articles
 
Motion Pictures [series]

The films include scenes of boats in Colorado River rapids, views of the Grand Canyon, Rainbow Bridge, and other nearby areas, also rodeo scenes and scenes in an Indian village, possibly in Havasupai Canyon.

 
Clover Colorado River film; Part 1 1938 ([85109-1-1])
(Elzada Clover was the curator of the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens and professor in the Department of Botany. In 1938, she was a member of the Norman Nevill party which traveled the Colorado River from Green River, Utah through Cataract and Grand canyons to Boulder Dam. Clover made the trip to catalog the flora of the Grand Canyon. Clover and her graduate assistant Lois Jotter were the first women ever to complete the run of the entire Grand Canyon.)
 
Original: [Restricted] (16mm film, b/w, pos, silent, 00:09:25)
DVD Box   1  
Use Copy: (DVD)
  Online  
Streaming File: 85109-1-1 [view video]
 
Clover Colorado River film; Part 2 1938 ([85109-2-2])
(Elzada Clover curator of the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens and professor in the Department of Botany. In 1938, she was a member of the Norman Nevill party which traveled the Colorado River from Green River, Utah through Cataract and Grand canyons to Boulder Dam. Clover made the trip to catalog the flora of the Grand Canyon. Clover and her graduate assistant Lois Jotter were the first women ever to complete the run of the entire Grand Canyon.)
 
Original: [Restricted] (16mm film, b/w, silent, 00:12:01)
DVD Box   1  
Use Copy: (DVD)
  Online  
Streaming File: 85109-2-2 [view video]
 
1983 Nevill Trip footage 1938 ([85109-2-3])
 
Original: [Restricted] (16mm film, color and b/w, silent, ca, 00:20:00)