The Sellards Collection

Elias Sellards

Elias H. Sellards directed the first major phase of systematic fossil collection throughout Texas.

Dr. Elias Sellards was director of Texas Memorial Museum from 1938 to 1945. During his service in that capacity he brought together another large collection of approximately 7,000 specimens, at a cost of about $20,000. Most of this material is of Pleistocene age.

In 1918, Dr. Sellards moved to Austin, where he worked in the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. From 1938–1945, Dr. Sellards held a dual directorship; he was director of both the Texas Memorial Museum and the Bureau of Economic Geology. His research focused on vertebrate fossils and evidence of early humans. Dr. Sellards retired from the Museum in 1957, but continued his research until his death in 1961.