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Paul A. Johnsgard, Biology Papers

Title: Paul A. Johnsgard, Biology Papers

Creator: Johnsgard, Paul A.

Dates: 1956-2014

Quantity: 25 boxes (55 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-31-09

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Paul A. Johnsgard, Biology Papers (RG 12-31-09). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Paul A. Johnsgard, born in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1931, earned a B.S. in zoology at North Dakota State University (1953) and a M.S. in wildlife management at Washington State University(1955). Johnsgard earned his Ph. D. in vertebrate zoology (1959) at Cornell University. His was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Bristol University in England between 1959 and 1961. At that time, he began his career as an instructor in the Zoology Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He became a full Professor in 1968 and in 1980 was named a Foundation Regents Professor in Biological Sciences. During his career he published 49 books and over 150 papers which range from scientific to humanistic topics, receiving honors from the Wildlife Society and the Mari Sandoz Award. His writings focus on comparative biology, regional natural history, and Nebraska and Great Plains ornithology. Johnsgard illustrated nearly all of his published works with his own line drawings and photographs. Johnsgard is an honorary life member of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union and has been an elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union since 1961. He has also been involved in the Cooper Ornithological Society and the Wilson Ornithological Society.

Scope and Content:

This collection tracks Johnsgard's publication career. There are multiple drafts, manuscripts, and the final published copies of Johnsgards's work, correspondence, and selected biographical material.


Johnsgard, Paul A.


Birds -- North American

Waterfowl -- North American

Birds -- Great Plains

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