- Linda Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives at Connecticut College
Lear/Carson Collection. The collection consists of Linda Lear's archive of materials used for her biography, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, and for the anthology, Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson , as well as personal papers given to Lear by Carson's colleagues and friends. Open to Students and Scholars. Contact: Benjamin Panciera, Director of Special Collections & Archives 860-439-2654.
- The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
The Rachel Carson Papers, given by the estate of Rachel Carson in 1965, are included in The Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, PO Box 208240, New Haven CT 06520, 203-432-2962.
- The Ladd Library at Bates College
The custodian of the Dorothy Freeman Collection, letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman. Special Collections, Ladd Library, Bates College, Lewiston ME 04240, 207-786-6272.
- The Ferdinand Hamburger Archives, Milton Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University
A collection of manuscripts related to Carson's graduate studies in zoology at the university during the early 1930's. Archivist James Stimpert, Archivist, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218, 410-516-8323.
- Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, A Book That Changed the World
This virtual exhibition presents the global reception and impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as well as the book’s legacy in popular culture, music, literature, and the arts. Read chronologically starting with the overview, or go directly to a specific chapter that interests you by clicking on the navigation slider below.
- Photographs: The Estate of Rachel Carson has put most non-copyrighted photographs in the public domain. All the research institutions listed above, plus several of the named organizations listed below, hold some photographs. Format, cost, and availability depend on the institution, as well as courtesy permission. Captions and name of photographer, if known, should be verified from the lending institution. Commercial photographs are available from Magnum Photo, 212-929-6000, and Corbis Images at 800-260-0444. The Martin Luther King Library Photograph Department in Washington, DC has press photographs as do AP Wire Service, World Wide Photo, and Time/Life.
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- Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Inspiration For The Eco Revolution, Was Birthed In Boston
“It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modern and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth.”
Those are the closing words of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 work, Silent Spring, about the dangers of pesticides. Silent Spring has been credited with launching the modern environmental movement. It might never have made it into bookstores if it weren't for the efforts of a venerable Boston publisher.
- The 100 best nonfiction books: No 20 – Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962)
This passionate rejection of pesticides was dismissed by many as the work of an hysterical woman when first published. Now it is seen as a pioneering text in the environmental conservation movement.
- "The Next Page: When Rachel Carson set sail" by Linda Lear
Although Rachel Carson is best known for her seminal work "Silent Spring," this year marks the 75th anniversary of her remarkable literary debut, "Under the Sea-Wind," published on the eve of World War II in November 1941.
- "History of science: Revelations of a wild continent" by Linda Lear
Nature 520, 30–32 (02 April 2015) doi:10.1038/520030a Published online 01 April 2015
- Worldcat.org Article Search for Rachel Carson
- Google Scholar Search for Rachel Carson
- Environmental History
The journal for the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) , and the Forest History Society.
- The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture
The journal of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.
- ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
The journal for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE).
Bio is a professional organization focusing primarily on the practical aspects of the art and craft of biography. The Biographer’s Craft is a publication for writers and readers of biography published each month by BIO. It will soon become the official organ of BIO.
Natural Sites Named for Rachel Carson
- Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Scattered along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the refuge consists of ten divisions between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. It will contain approximately 7,600 acres when land acquisition is complete.
- The North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Designated a Rachel Carson Component near Beaufort, North Carolina.
- Great Barrier Reef for Rachel Carson
President Clinton named a section of the Great Barrier Reef during a November, 1996 visit.
- The Rachel Carson Trail
Passes within 1/4 mile of the Homestead on its 34-mile route from North Park to Harrison Hills Park in Allegheny County. The trail is maintained by the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy.
- The Rachel Carson Greenway
Maintained by the Boothbay Regional Land Trust, Boothbay Harbor, ME 207-633-4818.
- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
A favorite bird-watching spot for Rachel Carson. More than 75 Years of Raptor Conservation. Located in east-central Pennsylvania, Hawk Mountain is the world's first refuge for birds of prey. Open year-round, visitors enjoy scenic vistas, 8-miles of ridge and valley trails, a Visitor Center, Bookstore, and native plant garden, and each autumn, the chance to observe large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons as they migrate past our lookouts. Operating as a non-profit eco-tourism site, your trail fee or membership dues directly support scientific research, public education and Sanctuary maintenance.
- Tribute to Rachel Carson
Written for Ada Lovelace Day by Jim Stimpert, Sheriden Library, Johns Hopkins University.
- Telling Lives
"I am not a biographer interested in "the life and times" but rather in telling a life in time. We cannot ever get the truth of another’s life, but we can try to catch at its creative spirit and the varieties of a life lived. 'Telling Lives' is my record of some of these people who have caught at me, and whose creativeness touched the natural world." - Linda Lear
* Media listed in order by publication.
- "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" produced by Peace River Films for the American Experience in 1993. It is available at some libraries and from PBS.
- RACHEL CARSON'S SILENT SPRING, A BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: A Book that Changed the World This virtual exhibition presents the global reception and impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as well as the book’s legacy in popular culture, music, literature, and the arts.
- Living Downstream
Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, PhD., Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic documentary film.
This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.
But Sandra is not the only one who is on a journey—the chemicals against which she is fighting are also on the move. We follow these invisible toxins as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. We see how these chemicals enter our bodies and how, once inside, scientists believe they may be working to cause cancer.
Several experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research make important cameo appearances in the film, highlighting their own findings on two pervasive chemicals: atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and the industrial compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Their work further illuminates the significant connection between a healthy environment and human health.
At once Sandra’s personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.
- The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson
The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson is a groundbreaking documentary examining the life of Rachel Carson and the profound implications of her environmental work. Perfect for classrooms and community events, this 51-minute film features interviews with Rachel Carson’s adopted son, Roger Christie, her biographer, Linda Lear, and other notable writers, scientists and advocates. By highlighting the power of Carson’s voice, we hope to inspire others to add their voices to this essential conversation. More details, including DVD purchase information, at www.powerofonevoicefilm.com.