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Max Hensley papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.126

Scope and Contents

The Max Hensley papers comprise 2.0 cubic feet of materials relating to his career as an herpetologist. The collection is arranged into three series: correspondence, professional associations, and general information. The correspondence series spans the dates 1947-1984. A large majority of the letters are requests for information about snakes, reptiles or amphibians or how to handle household problems with snakes. The folder headings in this series reflect Hensley’s own descriptions. The professional associations series contains journals, conference programs and some correspondence relating to Hensley’s work with professional associations including the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Herpetologists’ League, and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

The final series, general information, consists of five folders. Two folders relate to National Science Foundation Grants and Fellowships awarded to Hensley. There is one folder on Gettysburg College, where Hensley taught before arriving at Michigan State University. There are also two folders relating to summer institutes in which Hensley participated.


  • Creation: 1947 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Marvin Max Hensley was born in Keyesport, Illinois, on April 5, 1922. He earned a B.A. from Greenville College in 1946, an M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1948, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1951. He taught at Gettysburg College before arriving at Michigan State University as an assistant professor in Zoology in September 1956. Hensley retired from MSU in 1986. Hensley was a member of several herpetological associations including the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Herpetologists League, and the American Society of Mammologists.


2 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Gift of Marvin Max Hensley.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Max Hensley Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
K. Geske
April 2006
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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East Lansing MI 48824 US