A 7alle of iJwo Women
Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Mlaijoric 1larris Carr
Segment: Inspiration at Wellesley College
Source: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove,
June 16, 1983.
Length of Segment: 00:02:56
Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.
Interviewer: I'm going to ask you a question that might be, that's okay because...
MSD: They're not taking, I see.
Interviewer: ...that might be difficult for you to answer, but I'd like you to try and tell me, how did your
interest in the natural environment develop? Is it something you had right from the earliest, earliest
days? Do you remember or is it something that...
MSD: Oh, I think so. Am I talking now?
MSD: I think I was always interested. You see, I was brought up in Massachusetts in a very different
country, in a very different climate, very different weather and all that. But all New England people are
interested in weather, and we're all mostly interested in backgrounds because the weather is always so
changeable. It's one of our most important sources of conversation in New England. So I think I had a
very natural interest in that. I was very much interested in Geography; I had a marvelous course in
Geography in my college, which was Wellesley outside of Boston. We had a marvelous professor of
geology and geography in those days. The first women to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Mrs. Fisher, and she was one of the country's great oil geologists. One of the only women
then who was a geologist and she was a very important oil geologist. Well she did a course in
Geography that was terrific. It led me to Ecology and Geography and a certain amount of Geology, not
too complicated, but a certain amount, and Archeology and Anthropology and all that. A more or less
introductory course, but I think it was one of the more important courses that I've ever had, and I've
been using it, you might say, ever since. Because that (garbled) I can remember being interested in
Geography in grade school when you had a great big Geography book, and you can hide behind it to
read something else. (laughs) So I liked Geography books from the very first atlases. I've loved maps and
all that; it seemed to be a natural thing. And then with this course in Geography with the backgrounds
in it and so on, as I say, it was an introductory course only, but at least it gave you the background and
some of the vocabulary. So when I came to Florida, here was a new and completely unique country, and
I was very excited by it from the beginning. I think it was all a natural development.