Guide to the Organization for Tropical Studies Reference Collection, 1979-1988


The Organization for Tropical Studies Reference Collection contains files of articles, memoranda, correspondence, and clippings used by Donald E. Stone in his history of the organization.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Duke University. University Archives
Organization for Tropical Studies Reference collection 1979-1988
Language of Material
0.5 Linear Feet, 300 Items
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Collection Overview

The bulk of the collection (three folders) consists of copies of memoranda, letters and reports cited by Donald E. Stone in his article, "The Organization for Tropical Studies: A Success Story in Graduate Training and Research" published in Tropical Rainforests: Diversity and Conservation, Frank Almeda and Catherine Pringle, eds. (1988), along with a copy of the Stone article. These materials are in three folders. A fourth folder contains news clippings about the organization, 1979-1985.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Stone, Donald E.: OTS: A Success Story, 1988 (3 folders)
Box 1
Clippings, 1979-1985
Box 1

Historical Note

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a non-profit consortium made up of more than 6o universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America and Australia. In the early 1960's, scientists from U.S. universities forged relationships with colleagues at the Universidad de Costa Rica in the interest of strengthening education and research in tropical biology. This led to the founding of OTS in 1963 in order to provide leadership in education, research and the use of natural resources in the tropics. The corporate headquarters of OTS is located at Duke University.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Organization for Tropical Studies Records, 1962-1974 (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Organization for Tropical Studies Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The bulk of the Organization for Tropical Studies Reference Collection was received by University Archives as a gift from Donald E. Stone in 2001 (UA 2001-5).

Processing Information

Processed by Tom Harkins, April, 2010

Encoded by Molly Bragg, July 2011

Accession is described in this finding aid.

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