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Personal papers of Handel T. Martin

Call Number: PP 164


Handel T. Martin worked in the Paleontology Division of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas from 1899-1924. This collection consists of notes and other records about a trip to Patagonia, South America to collection fossils, a copy of a speech about some Pueblo ruins in Scott County, Kansas given at the Kansas State Historical Society, and some other materials related to Martin's work at the Museum of Natural History.


  • 1890s-1905, 1920s-1930s, undated


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Biography of Handel T. Martin

Handel T. Martin, born in 1862, came to the United States from England and settled in Kansas in 1886. Although never formally trained in paleontology, he began collecting fossils for Yale University and then the American Museum of Natural History before joining the staff at the University of Kansas' Museum of Natural History in Lawrence, Kansas in 1896 as chief assistant and preparator for Samuel Williston.

Martin held a variety of occupations with the Natural History Museum including serving as field and laboratory worker, instructor, and assistant curator of paleontology. He was a significant fossil collector and trained numerous students in the field.

Martin was married to Jennie M. Martin, with whom he had two children, a son and daughter. Martin died in January 1931.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize folder)

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PP 164

Related Materials

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Guide to the Handel T. Martin Collection
Personal papers of Handel T. Martin
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018, 2021.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Personal papers of Handel T. Martinn, University Archives, PP 164, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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