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Personal Papers of Joe Collins

Call Number: PP 565


Joe Collins was a herpetologist and founder of the Center for North American Herpetology. This collection contains correspondence and manuscripts of academic articles to be published.


  • 1957 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is restricted from access by donor until 2029.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Joseph T. Collins

Joseph T. Collins was born in 1939 and from an early age was interested in the study of herpetology, or reptiles and amphibians. At the age of 19 he joined the Ohio Herpetological Society and contributed to its tranformation into the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR). In 1968 he moved to Lawrence, Kansas to become the vertebrate preparator at the University of Kansas' Museum of Natural History.

In 1974 Joe founded the Kansas Herpetological Society. Throughout his career he collaborated with colleagues and wrote on his own several books related to wildlife in North America. In 1994 Joe and his wife Suzanne also established a non-profit foundation, the Center for North American Amphibians and Reptiles, which in 2000 changed its name to the Center for North American Herpetology. Joe additionally held adjunct positions with the Kansas Biological Survey, Washburn University, and the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University.

Joseph T. Collins passed away in January 2012.


16 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 480

Physical Location

PP 565

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Joe Collins, 2009.

Guide to the Joe Collins Collection
Personal Papers of Joe Collins
Finding aid prepared by jrw, 2015. Finding aid encoded by jrw, 2015. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019; mah, 2019.
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Finding aid written in English
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Joe Collins, PP 565, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States