Junius Henderson in 1904
|Died||November 4, 1937 (aged 71–72)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Occupation||lawyer, judge, curator, amateur malacologist|
|Known for||First curator of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History|
Junius Henderson (April 1865—November 4, 1937) was the first Curator (a position eventually equivalent to Director) of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, and is considered to be its founder. He was appointed an honorary Curator of the Museum (without pay) in 1902, when "the whole collection would have gone into a good sized wagon, and was of no value". Working closely with Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell and Francis Ramaley, Professors at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he expanded the collection. In 1909, the Museum was declared as a separate University department, and Henderson was granted a salary and a full professorship by the University. He remained Curator of the Museum until 1933.
The building currently housing the Museum is named after him.
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- T. D. A. Cockerell (1938). "Junius Henderson". The Nautilus 51 (3): 97–99. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- "University of Colorado Museum of Natural History: About us - History". University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
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