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Personal papers of Richard F. Johnston

Call Number: PP 612


This collection includes the personal papers of Dr. Richard F. Johnston, a zoology professor and ornithology curator at the Natural History Museum at Dyche Hall, University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between Johnston and colleagues at other institutions and is organized chronologically by decade.


  • Creation: 1962 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Richard F. Johnston

Richard F. Johnston was born July 25, 1925 in Oakland, California. He served in the Army in World War II in the European theatre. Thereafter he received a doctorate in zoology from University of California, Berkeley. While studying, he met and married Lora Johnston, with whom he had three children: Regan, Janet, and Cassandra.

In 1958, Johnston joined the zoology department at the Univeristy of Kansas, where he also became a curator of ornithology at the Natural History Museum located in Dyche Hall. His research interests included studying the adapation of English house sparrows to different environments and studying pigeons.

Richard F. Johnston retired in 1992 and died on November 25, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 612

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, P. Schultze, 2012.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Dr. Richard F. Johnston Collection
Personal papers of Richard F. Johnston
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Richard Johnston, PP 612, 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