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This collection consists of field notes and glass plates from the papers of University of Kansas zoology professor William Jacob Baumgartner. Glass plate negatives involve subjects of science, steel production and mining, penal institutions, pharmacy, and botany. Entomology field survey notes are from several different staff and faculty at the University of Kansas and its Museum of Natural History, including R.H. Beamer.
The Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas began as the cabinet of natural history and now includes some 8 million specimens and 1.2 million archaeological artifacts. The records of the Museum are comprised of scrapbooks, artificial records, news releases, news clips, correspondence, budget records, personnel records, and publications.