Palmer (Miriam) Scientific Illustrations and Replicas
Miriam Augusta Palmer (1878-1977) was an entomologist and authority on aphids in the Rocky Mountain region. Palmer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas before receiving a master’s degree from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) in 1926. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from CSU in 1959.
Palmer came to Fort Collins in 1904 to join the college entomology department. Her skillful drawings of insects played a role in her gaining a faculty position. She also worked as a Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station delineator for the departments of entomology and horticulture before retiring in 1947. This digital collection contains Palmer's scientific illustrations of varieties of apples and cherries, presented as 13 loose drawings and two sets of 18 drawings framed together, nearly all drawn in the 1930s or 1940s. Her papers also include scientific illustrations of insects.