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This page gathers together a variety of source materials held in archives and special collections. These collections offer additional avenues of research related to Rachel Carson, her life, and her work.
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. This collections contains roughly 29 letters (Box 11) with Carson about her health problems, activism around the use of insecticides, discussion on fire ants, and the promotion of Silent Spring – including some involvement/activism by various women’s clubs.
Chatham University Archives, Jennie King Memorial Library, Pittsburgh, PA. The Collection on Rachel Carson documents activities of Chatham University to collect, research, and promote the work and successes of Rachel Carson following her graduation from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) in 1929. The collection includes copies of many, though not all, published writings by Rachel Carson dating from her years as a student at Pennsylvania College for Women (P.C.W.) and continuing throughout her career as a professional writer.
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. This collections contains roughly 13 letters (Box 36) between Carson and Wilson that are academic in nature, such as recommending sources, comments on lectures, and discussion on publications that involve insects, insecticides, and fire ants.
Wood Hole Historical Museum Archives, Wood Hole, MA.Contains material relating to her life and also to her work in environmental preservation. Also contains articles and poetry by various people relating to Carson. Includes article by Deborah G. Scanlon (dated June 8, 2007) about Carson's love of the ocean, handwritten notes and a typed ms. of recollections of Rachel Carson by John Valois, transcribed by Susan F. Witzell (2012), and poetry about Carson by Jim Hain, John Valois, and Eric H. Edwards.
Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Collection consists of correspondence of Johns Hopkins University librarian, Mrs. E.C. Goodall, relating to marine biologist and author, Rachel Carson. Mrs. Goodall planned a biography of Miss Carson and also campaigned for a honorary degree to be given posthumously by Johns Hopkins.