Kathleen Kelly

Assistant Collection Manager

Kathleen Kelly is the Assistant Collection Manager for the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Field Museum, where she and Collection Manager Alan Resetar oversee the use and care of over 290,000 specimens.  Her primary responsibilities include overseeing volunteer projects, cataloging, assisting visiting researchers and students, and managing the import and export of scientific specimens for the Division’s active loan program.  She also enjoys giving behind-the-scenes tours to college classes, school groups, and families.

She joined the staff of the Field Museum after completing a Hagley Fellowship in the History of Technology at the University of Delaware and Hagley Museum, where her research focused on excavations of gross mechanical objects from powder mill explosions at the Dupont estate and later the development of neon tubing for advertising spectaculars.  Some of her other projects have included contract work in Collections Management for the State of Delaware, archival work at the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, and volunteer archival projects through Naper Settlement in Naperville, IL.

Kathleen credits many childhood trips to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh as the reason for sparking her passion for natural history museums. She is also very grateful to her high school biology teacher—who knew frog dissection would come in so handy?

Additional Information


MA. The University of Delaware. Hagley Fellowship in the History of Industrialization and Technology
Certificate Program. The University of Delaware. Museum Collections and Non-profit Management
BA. The Johns Hopkins University. History of Science, Medicine, and Technology; Near Eastern Studies


Collections management, Integrated Pest Management, History of Technology