The East Texas Natural History Collection
The East Texas Natural History Collection
Dr. Will Godwin - Curator

Friday, August 31, 2012


The Mission of The East Texas Natural History Collection


East Texas Natural History Collection
Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins Texas


 In 2011 the college allocated the use of Frost Hall, a 10,000 square foot dormitory, for use as a natural history collection. Dr. James Goodwin was named Director and Dr. William Godwin was named Curator. The new facility was designed to serve three functions, all focused on science education and undergraduate research experience.

Sampling local fish - Students and Scientists all together.


1). Build collections for support of teaching zoology, botany and Jarvis and in the community. The closest large public collections are at College Station, Austin, Fort Worth, Baton Rouge, or Tulsa.


2). Attract leading scientists to Jarvis by providing research collections, labs and residential facilities in a little known corner of Texas. Northeast Texas is rich in opportunity for new discovery. Since 2011 the ETNH has already facilitated the discovery of a new plant species, new populations of two endangered species and a fish species new to Texas.


3). Create better Jarvis students by interactions with visiting scientists. Jarvis students may interact with top scientists and even co-author papers with them. Students are currently working with scientists from the US Forest Service endangered species scientists, Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the TexasMemorial Museum.



The ETNHC at Jarvis Christian College has grown by cooperative agreements with major collections and individuals. We have taken advantage of the constant space problem of major collections. Our 25 secure, cement and tile rooms are perfectly suited for compartmentalizing and securing separate collections. Collections are all loan/deposit and approved by the owner for use in education, research and outreach.

1). US Forest Service Herbarium
Over 5000 herbarium sheets of identified plants. Coverage…mostly East Texas and parts of Louisiana,Florida, Mississippi; 1930’s to present.

2). Robert Nuelle Jr. & Robert J. Nuelle, III
Lepidoptera over 10,000 mounted and identified moths and butterflies. Coverage of Texas, Arizona.

3). Texas Memorial Museum Fish Collection
Dr. Dean Hendrickson and Mr. Adam Cohen of the TexasMemorial Museum are partnering with ETNH to survey fish and build a regional collection.

4). John Tutor Fossil Collection
Fossils of the Sulphur River; Cretaceous fossils, Pleistocene mammals and various minerals.

5). Houston Museum of Natural Science                
Exotic butterflies and beetles from the Cockerell Butterfly Center and the E. Greywood Smyth insect collection 1912-1960’s Puerto Rico, Peru, Texas, and California. 

6). Tabanidae, Coleoptera and other aquatic insect orders
Dr. James Goodwin is an authority on Tabanidae and other aquatic insects. Dr. Godwin specializes on the Scarabaeidae and other beetle families. These two researchers have extensive reference collections available in the ETNHC.

7.) Archival materials on Wood County

Dr. William Godwin collection of photos, maps, artifacts and land records illustrating Wood County history.

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The ETNH at Jarvis Christian College has formed partnerships with important institutions in the region by offering to facilitate access to rare habitats in NE Texas. We save researchers 100's of hours by directing them to specific habitats. Our staff has detailed knowledge of rare sites on private lands of museum friends and partners. Many sites would otherwise be inaccessible to scientists. If we save the valuable hours of a top researcher, then they can afford to re-direct those hours to developing ETNH collections and interacting with our students.

Students and Scientists setting up snake traps on campus.

1). US Forest Service
Jarvis students are participating in USFS research on the endangered Louisiana Pine Snake in Wood County.


2). Botanical Research Institute of Texas
BRIT research visit ETNH quarterly. Research focuses on documenting the wetland plants of East Texas.


3). Texas Memorial Museum...Natural Science Center
Dr. Dean Hendrickson and Mr. Adam Cohen of the Texas Memorial Museum are partnering with ETNHC to survey fish and build a regional collection.


4). Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
ETNH hosts TPWD botanist Jason Singhurst and ornithologist Clifford Shackelford for research in this area.


5). Houston Museum of Natural Science
Dr. Godwin serves as Adjunct Curator of Entomology at the HMNS. ETNH occasionally serves as overflow for collections.


6). U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dr. Godwin serves on Endangered Species review committees. We have conducted surveys for Endangered Species under permit with USFWS.


7.) The Nature Conservancy
We coordinate regularly with The Nature Conservancy on conservation prospects for rare species.

Local Map showing Conservation Greenbelt



The ETNH is strategically located;


On a nearly 900 acre campus....


With nearly 2 miles of nature trails....


And 1,600 feet of elevated boardwalk through wetlands.


With habitats on campus ranging from:


  • Sandy barrens
  • Bottomland hardwoods
  • Baygalls
  • Marshes
  • Saline prairie
  • Weches rock outcrops
The Goodwin Boardwalk on the Jarvis campus Nature Trail

In close proximity to a major National Wildlife Refuge and State Wildlife Management Area.At the head of a 25,000 acre conservation corridor along the upper Sabine River.With partnerships with private landowners amounting to several thousands of acres on native prairies, bogs, unusual geological outcrops, river sections and forests.

Environmental Services

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A. Credibility: Museum staff members are scholars in an academic institution, not an environmental services company. Our results and conclusions are held to the highest standard. We are accountable over the long-term for accuracy and veracity. Translated: our partnership with you conveys a seal of approval to reviewers, permitters and regulators.

B. Confidentiality: ETNHC staff are aware that environmental studies are often part of a business plan. As such they may be time sensitive and require assurance that they remain confidential. The ETNH is a unit of Jarvis Christian College, a private institution. We are not held to the same reporting requirements as a state college or agency (FOI). Staff members are able to sign confidentiality agreements. We will only publish results of private studies with written permission of partners.

C. Contracts: Any services performed for compensation will be backed-up with a contractual agreement that outlines mutual expectations .

D. Commitment: Funds are used to support the ETNH mission of education and regional biodiversity research.

E. 501-C3: Donations to the ETNHC are tax-deductible. Jarvis Christian College is an Historically Black College founded in 1912. Jarvis Christian College, an accredited, private, co-educational, church-related college, is located one mile east of Hawkins, Texas on U.S. Highway 80 and fourteen miles north of U.S. Interstate 20.

Examing local flora

Summary of services:

  • Guiding and hosting classes, field trips, conferences, specialist researchers and collectors
  • Identifications…plants, insects.
  • Mitigation banking services
  • Threatened and endangered species surveys
  • Science consulting for regional film productions
  • Real estate consulting
  • Editing and review of technical documents
  • Presentations to civic groups, conferences or schools
  • Biodiversity studies for private enterprise or regulatory agencies
  • Consulting and expert witness testimony


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