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The Linda Lear Collection of Rachel Carson

Identifier: MS-001

Scope and Contents

Linda Lear, an environmental historian and graduate of Connecticut College, published her prize-winning biography Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature in 1997. The collection consists of the research materials gathered by Linda Lear during the writing of her book. It includes copies and some original correspondence, vital records, articles, reviews, interviews, audiovisual materials, slides, and photographs that chronicle the life and career of the biologist and science writer Rachel Carson. In addition, the collection has since been supplemented with a gift by Professor Lear of nearly 150 published works by and about Rachel Carson, including many important first editions.


  • 1886-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Some restrictions on interviews (Series II.B) and Linda Lear's correspondence (Series V.B). Please contact Lear Center staff for details. The audiovisual material may only be accessed in the reading room.


34 Linear Feet (57 document boxes, 3 half document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 binder)

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This collection contains Linda Lear's research materials gathered for her biography Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature. It also contains published works by and about Carson.


This collection is arranged into the following nine series: Series I. Research files for Witness for Nature; Series II. Rachel Carson's associates; Series III.Subject files; Series IV. Speeches, ephemera, and unpublished materials; Series V. Witness for Nature; Series VI.Photographs and slides; Series VII. Photographs and slides; Series VIII.Ruth Scott papers; Series IX. Lost Woods and other publications.

Inventory of the Linda Lear Collection of Rachel Carson
Under Revision
Leah Prescott, c.2003. Updated by Ben Panciera. Revised by Rose Oliveira, 2018.
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Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave
New London CT 06320 United States