Jerry R. Choate Papers
"The Dr. Jerry R. Choate Papers are housed in three file cabinets and date from 1965 to 2009. These files are arranged into eleven series with one series restricted: Series II: Student Files.
The papers are comprised mainly of correspondence, course materials, research materials, and Sternberg Museum construction information."
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27.5 Linear Feet (Jerry R. Choate Papers are housed in 16 cubic foot boxes in the University Archives. Jerry R. Choate Papers were housed in a series of filing cabinets in the University Archives until March 2023. )
Biographical / Historical
In 1973, Dr. Choate was appointed director of the Fort Hays State University’s Museum of the High Plains and overall director of FHSU museums in 1980, which included not only the Museum of the High Plains but also the Sternberg Memorial Museum. In anticipation of moving off the main campus, these two museums were merged in 1994 to become the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Dr. Choate remained as museum director until retiring in the summer of 2009; he passed away on December 9, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Fidelis Walker, and son, Judd Randolph, daughter-in-law, Lyn Kathlene, and 2 granddaughters, Mahlon and Jacqueline Rosemary.
During his career, Dr. Choate held positions with the State Biological Survey of Kansas, the University of Connecticut, the University of Kansas and Yale University. He published five books, 127 refereed journal articles and 55 un-refereed and technical publications, and gave numerous scholarly presentations. He was awarded the C. Hart Merriam Award in 1986 which recognizes outstanding contributions to mammalogy by members of the American Society of Mammalogists. Dr. Choate also received the Fort Hays State University President’s Distinguished Scholar award in 2005, which recognizes instruction, research and creative activities and service performance.
Dr. Choate held membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Mammalogists, Association of Systematics Collections, Beta Beta Beta, Biological Society of Washington, Kansas Academy of Science, North Dakota Natural Science Society, Society of the Sigma Xi, Society for the Study of Evolution, Southern California Academy of Sciences and Southwestern Association of Naturalists.
II. Student Files (restricted)
III. Kansas Mammal Species
IV. Research Files
V. Grant Proposals
VI. Class Lecture Notes
VIII. Personal Data
IX. Sternberg Museum
X. Sternberg Museum Construction
XI. Unsorted Files
- Revised by David Obermayer. Updated in 2023 by Samantha L. Harper
- 2016; 2018
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