First woman

Professor Elzada Clover poses for a photographer at the start of her trip with the Nevills Expedition. Photo courtesy Special Collections Department, Marriott Library, University of Utah

This year in history (75 years ago)

When Professor Elzada Clover set out to explore botanical specimens along the Colorado River in 1938, she would not only discover new plants to elevate U-M’s botanical gardens and broaden collections at the Smithsonian Institution. She would also make history as the first woman to navigate the notoriously treacherous Colorado.

U-M Heritage Project


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