The Engerrand-Chantegrain Collection:
This is a beautiful collection from classic French and Belgian Eocene and Paleocene sites. George Engerrand was the first head of Anthropology at UT. He bought this collection from S. Chantegrain while he was in France. He apparently sold the collection to BEG in 1927 and is reputed to have used the funds to support the Mexican Revolution. Additional specimens form this collection were held at Texas A&M and have recently been transferred to UT. This collection is probably the finest Tertiary collection from type localities in western Europe outside of the National Museum. It is cataloged in the UT, BEG and NPL collections and includes about 3000 lots.
The King Collection:
Ralph Hughes King provided about 2000 specimen lots of Pennsylvanian age. The material includes a range of taxonomic groups but especially brachiopods and sponges. King described new species in both groups and those specimens are in the type collection.
The Irving and Steussey Collection:
A small collection of fossil plants.
The Sellards Collection:
An important collection of Permian insects by Elias H. Sellards.
The Singley-Askew Collection:
Both J.A. Singley and H.G. Askew were collectors of Recent shells. The collection is worldwide and provides a pre-industrial reference collection for freshwater and marine molluscs. Askew’s unionid bivalve collection is one of the finest.
The Stenzel Collection:
A largely Tertiary collection from Texas, including molluscs, echinoderms, and arthropods (particularly crabs) collected by Henryk Stenzel. This collection includes specimens from the Brazos River locations of the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. Much of this collection, over 8000 lots, was tagged with locality numbers and has now been assigned ‘NPL’ numbers. Stenzel also created an important genotype collection to help him identify and catalog early Tertiary fossils. The catalog of his fossil images and descriptions is now available online.
The Wells Collection:
John West Wells was a student of Francis L. Whitney. His collection includes Cretaceous corals. These have been of particular importance to recent research into the evolution of hermatypic corals. Most of his specimens are in the type and figured collection.