The Anna M. Jackson Award is named in honor of Anna M. Jackson, one of the 16 female Charter Members of ASM (out of 435 total) when it was founded in 1919.  Like many of her female contemporaries, Anna's involvement with the world beyond her doorstep was through her husband, Hartley (pictured here with her), who is considered the person most responsible for the founding of ASM.  Anna did most of the record-keeping and typing and handled correspondence and other papers of the Society during its formative period, when Hartley served as ASM secretary.  Anna also accompanied Hartley on field expeditions, where she assisted with botanical collections, and was present at the organizational meeting of ASM. The Jackson Award was first given by the Society in 1970.

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