Mary Jobe Akeley Papers

Mary Jobe Akeley is remembered as an explorer of remote wldernesses, first in Northwest Canada and then with her husband Carl Akeley in Africa. While on Mary's second expedition to Africa in 1926, Carl Akeley died of fever. Mary Jobe Akeley continued the expedition and returned to the United States to deidcate herself to land conservation, which she claims was a commission she received from her dying husband. She continued the work of Camp Mystic, an outdoor camp to strengthen the minds and bodies of girls and young women, which she had begun in 1916. She also lectured and wrote on the work of Carl Akeley and the cause of African conservation.

The Mary Jobe Akeley collection chiefly contains materials concerning the establishment and activities of the Akeley Trust and the Peace Sanctuary in Mystic, Connecticut, following her death in 1966. The papers consist of one linear foot of documents. They were donated to Connecticut College by Professor Emeritus of Botany Richard H. Goodwin, who worked with Mrs. Akeley in local conservation efforts.