The East Texas Natural History Collection
The East Texas Natural History Collection



From 2011 to 2014 a local college  allocated 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.


1). Build collections for support of teaching natural history, zoology, botany and geology.

2). Attract leading scientists to the ETNHC by providing research collections, labs in Texas. 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 students by interactions with visiting scientists.

Students may interact with top scientists and even co-author papers with them. Students have previously worked with scientists from the US Forest Service, endangered species scientists, Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the Texas Memorial Museum. 

A Cornell Drawer with Saturniid Moths


The ETNHC is seeking new reearch quarters -- if you have a building to donate or space available please feel free to contact us. We grow our holdings by cooperative agreements with major collections and individuals. 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. and Robert J. Nuelle, III Lepidoptera

10,000 mounted and identified moths and butterflies.

Coverage Texas, Arizona.


3). Texas Memorial Museum Fish Collection

Dr. Dean Hendrickson and Mr. Adam Cohen of the Texas Memorial 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 California. 

6). Tabanidae, Coleoptera and other aquatic insect orders

Dr. 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

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


The ETNHC 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 ETNHC collections and interacting with students.

1). US Forest Service

Students have participated in USFS research on the endangered Louisiana Pine Snake in Wood County. 


2). Botanical Research Institute of Texas

We are still tightly connected to teh amazing resources and people of BRIT. When we have Botanical questions they are our go to people.


3). Texas Memorial Museum…Natural Science Center

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


4). Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

ETNHC 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. ETNHC 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. Recently we have been working extensively with John Karges and the Nature Conservancy on their new Powderhorn Ranch property. Click here to see the ongoing work.


East Texas Green Belt - The undiscovered corridor


The ETNHC has access;


to habitats on campus ranging from:

Sandy barrens

Bottomland hardwoods



Saline prairie

Weches rock outcrops


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. 

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Breaking News:

ETNHC and International Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies Announce Partnership


The East Texas Natural History Collection is proud to be the first North American Host and partner with the International Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies. The Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies  is a peer reviewed international Open Access Journal which is abstracted in various reputed databases. The Journal provides a platform with the aim of motivating students and personnel in all fields of Zoology.

The Journal publishes review and research articles in all fields of Zoology.

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