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Jerry R. Choate Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UA-FC-2018-002
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.

Dates

  • 1965-2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Items cannot be removed from the University Archives. Please ask for the assistance of the Archivist when handling these items.

Conditions Governing Use

Written permission must be obtained from the Fort Hays State University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.Additionally Filing Cabinet 1-Drawer 3 contains materials related to students' grades and identities. This material must be redacted by archival staff before use. If you wish to view Drawer 3 please contact the University Archives to make arrangements.

Extent

27.5 Linear Feet (Jerry R. Choate Papers are housed in a series of filing cabinets in the University Archives )

Overview

Author and educator Dr. Jerry R. Choate joined the Fort Hays Kansas State College faculty in 1971 as an Assistant Professor of Zoology. The Dr. Jerry R. Choate Papers date from 1965 to 2009. The papers are comprised mainly of correspondence, course materials, research materials, and Sternberg Museum construction information.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Jerry Choate was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on March 21, 1943; the son of Alyce J. Cox and F. L. “Lucky” Choate. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Kansas State College of Pittsburg in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Kansas in 1969. He joined the Fort Hays Kansas State College faculty in 1971 as an Assistant Professor of Zoology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1976, then to Professor in 1980. 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.

Arrangement

The Dr. Jerry R. Choate Papers are arranged into XI series:

I. Correspondence II. Student Files (restricted) III. Kansas Mammal Species IV. Research Files V. Grant Proposals VI. Class Lecture Notes VII. Blueprints VIII. Personal Data IX. Sternberg Museum X. Sternberg Museum Construction XI. Miscellaneous Files
Author
Revised by David Obermayer
Date
2016; 2018

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Hays State University Archives Repository

Contact:
University Archives
Forsyth Library
502 South Campus Drive
Hays KS 67601 United States