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Mina Walther Collection

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Nature is Wonderful and Tidelines manuscript records

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Mina Walther Collection, 1965-2003 | Mote Marine Laboratory

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Collection Overview

Title: Mina Walther Collection, 1965-2003Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Walther, Mina (1908-2003)

Extent: 14.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Chronological.

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection includes Mina Walther's 26 years of newspaper columns, Tide Lines, written between 1977-2003 generally on Florida nature and wildlife, nature books compiled from the articles, and a slide collection of her world travels.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mina Walther Collection includes 26 years of newspaper columns and writings on Florida nature and wildlife from the 1970s to 2003. Two books have been compiled from her columns, Nature is Wonderful, in 2006, and Tide Lines: The Sea and its Inhabitants, in 1982. Walther’s articles include narrative descriptions of Florida's wildlife and nature, animal behavior, historical notes, and more. This collection also includes 6 boxes of color slides (approximately 3000) from Walther's travels around the world (1965-1990).

Collection Historical Note

As a biology teacher and administrator in Chicago’s public schools, Mina Walther (1908-2003) developed an interest in marine biology. Upon retirement she moved to Sarasota, on Florida’s Gulf coast and four years later in 1977 she became a volunteer columnist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Her essays, titled Tide Lines, were published on Sundays and covered various subjects concerning nature and the environment, including narrative descriptions of animal behavior, mollusks, manta rays, oarfish, and an occasional column on a historical figure or event.

Her columns were meticulously researched. She spent hours in the public library and at Mote doing research.  Even at the age of 90 she would spend the week writing her column, and hand delivering it to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune each Friday.  After her passing a letter to the editor stated: "Too often today we are caught up in our daily lives and do not take time out to appreciate the simple beauty around us.  I believe that Ms Walther gave us a reality check.  We are a part of something bigger than ourselves and we must show the proper respect for the environment in which we live lest will lose it".

Biographical Note

As a biology teacher and administrator in Chicago’s public schools Mina Walther (1908-2003) developed an interest in marine biology. Upon retirement she moved to Sarasota, on Florida’s Gulf coast and four years later in 1977 she became a volunteer columnist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Her essays, titled Tide Lines, were published on Sundays and covered various subjects concerning nature and the environment, including narrative descriptions of animal behavior, mollusks, manta rays, oarfish, and an occasional column on a historical figure or event. 

Her columns were meticulously researched. She spent hours in the public library and at Mote doing research.  Even at the age of 90 she would spend the week writing her column, and hand delivering it to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune each Friday.

Administrative Information

Repository: Mote Marine Laboratory

Access Restrictions: Open to the public.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright by Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida. It is permitted to use materials on this site for non-commercial educational and personal purposes. You may copy these materials for classroom and personal use, so long as the copies contain all applicable copyright and trademark notices.

For all other uses, please contact the Arthur Vining Davis Library @ (941) 388-4441 ext.333

Preferred Citation: Mina Walther Collection, Arthur Vining Davis Library and Archives, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida, 34236

Processing Information: News article portion of the collection is currently being rehoused. Basic chronological arrangement exists and the collection is open to the public for research. Slide collection has been processed and is arranged chronologically.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated late 2012, early 2013.

Other Note: A selection of articles are available on DSpace, and the book Nature is Wonderful is available for purchase at the Mote gift shop.

Other URL: https://dspace.mote.org:8443/dspace/handle/2075/2931


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