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Personal papers of Stan Roth

Call Number: PP 622


This collection includes Stan Roth's field survey notes, annotated topographical and highway maps of Kansas, and records related to trips to Florida and Hawaii that Roth took annually with advanced high school biology students while teaching at Lawrence High School in Kansas from the 1960s through the 1990s.


  • Creation: 1957 - 2014


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Stanley Roth

Stan Roth received his B.S.E. in industrial arts and biology from the Kansas State Teachers College in 1957 and his masters of science in biology from the same school in 1959. He taught biology at Lawrence High School (LHS) in Lawrence, Kan. from 1959-1997 and then at Lawrence Free State High School from 1997-1999. He also taught advanced placement (AP) biology for much of that same time. Other courses Roth has taught include oceanology at Lawrence High School from 1974-1979, field ecology classes in the summers of 1960, 1961, 1974, and 1976-1996, and adult education courses at LHS on Kansas natural history from 1966-1969. Roth developed a student assistant program involving 6-10 students every year, has organized field trips for adult groups--including state biology teachers, earth science teachers, and Kansas Academy of Science members--and has provided numerous workshops and programs on various natural history subjects, particularly poisonous snakes, bats, and special places in Kansas, to youth groups such as the Boy Scouts, sportsman clubs, community service clubs, and industrial employee groups.

Roth has held a variety of other appointments throughout his career, including as a consultant and lecturer for various film production companies operating in Kansas City and Lawrence; field biologist and adjunct biologist for the State Biological Survey of Kansas in the 1970s and adjunct research assistant and naturalist in the 2010s; and contract field biologist for the Kansas Fish and Game Commission in the summers from 1978-1987 and for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks from the summer of 1988-2010s.

Roth served as a scientific crew member on oceanographic cruises in 1972, 1975, and 1984, studying in areas that included the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean southwest of San Diego, California, and the Antarctic Ocean. He also led 12 student field trips to Hawaii and 21 student field trips to Florida and Georgia during his career at Lawrence High School, in which students studied those locales for over a week either during spring or summer break.

Roth has received numerous awards and accolades for his teaching at the national, statewide, and local level, as well as awards in recognition of his recycling and environmental conservation efforts. He was inducted into the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Stan and Janet Roth Nature Trail was dedicated in 2012 at the University of Kansas Field Station.

Roth's research interests have included nesting colonies of the Great Blue Heron in Kansas, winter activity of bats in gypsum caves in southern Kansas, snake dens in southwestern Kansas, nests of the ferruginous hawk in northwestern Kansas, distribution and ecology of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas, and counting bird populations at Camp Naish (Kansas City, Kansas) and elsewhere, as well as working with the Kansas Forest Service Survey of Champion Trees. Biology students in Lawrence have helped Roth in many of these research projects through summer and weekend trips.


5.75 Linear Feet (9 boxes + 6 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



This collection has been organized into four series: Field survey notebooks; Field trips to Florida/Georgia and Hawaii; Photographs and slides; and Kansas maps.

Physical Location

PP 622

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Stan Roth, 2019.



Guide to the Stanley Roth Collection
Personal papers of Stan Roth
Finding aid prepared by mwh. Finding aid encoded by mwh.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Stan Roth, PP 622, 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