Collections & Archives

Indexes to Collections

International Society of Arachnology (ISA)

Insect and Spider Collections of the World

Iowa State Entomology Index: Collections

U.S. Collections & Museums

Academy of Natural Sciences

American Museum of Natural History, Entomology

B.P. Bishop Museum of Cultural and Natural History, Entomology

Brigham Young University, Monte L. Bean Museum, Arthropod Collection

California Academy of Sciences, Entomology

California State Collection of Arthropods

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Invertebrate Zoology Section

Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, Geier Center

Clemson University Arthropod Collection

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Colorado State University, C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity

Cornell University Insect Collection

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Museum of Entomology

Furman University, Collection of Lepidoptera

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Entomology

Illinois Natural History Survey Insect Collection

Kansas State University, Museum of Entomological and Prairie Arthropod Research

Louisiana State University, Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

Michigan State University, A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection

Mississippi State University, Mississippi Entomological Museum

Natural History Museum of L.A. County

New Mexico State University, Arthropod Collection

North Carolina State University, Insect Museum

Oklahoma State University, K.C. Emerson Entomology Museum

Oregon State University, Oregon State Arthropod Collection

Penn State University, Frost Entomological Museum

Purdue University's Entomological Research Collections (PERC)

Rutgers University Entomological Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum, Entomology

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Invertebrate Zoology: Entomology

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Entomology

South Dakota University, Severin-McDaniel Insect Research Collection

Texas A&M University, Digital Dragonfly Museum

Texas A&M University, Insect Collection

The Ohio State University, C.A. Triplehorn Insect Collection

University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum

University of California-Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology, Invertebrate Collection

University of California-Berkeley, Essig Museum of Entomology

University of California-Davis, Bohart Entomology Museum

University of California-Riverside, Entomology Research Museum

University of Central Florida Collection of Arthropods (The Bug Closet)

University of Colorado Museum, Entomology Collection

University of Connecticut Biological Collections, Insects

University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity

University of Georgia Collection of Arthropods

University of Kansas, Natural History Museum, Snow Entomology Museum

University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology, Insect Division

University of Minnesota, Insect Collection

University of Missouri, Wilbur R. Enns Entomology Museum

University of Nebraska State Museum, Entomology

University of New Hampshire, Insect and Arachnid Collections

University of New Mexico, Museum of Southwestern Biology, Division of Arthropods

University of Puget Sound, D.R. Paulson Odonata Collection

University of South Carolina, Dominick Moth and Butterfly Collection

Washington State University, M.T. James Entomological Collection

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Insect Research Collection

University of Wyoming Insect Museum

Utah State University Insect Collection

Yale University, Peabody Museum, Entomology

International Collections & Museums

Australian Museum

Australian National Insect Collection

British Museum of Natural History, Entomology Department

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes

Deutsches Entomologisches Institut

Lund University, Museum of Zoology, Entomological Collections

McGill University, Lyman Entomological Museum

Museu Goeldi

Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Museum Victoria

Museum Wiesbaden

New South Wales Agricultural Scientific Collections

New Zealand Arthropod Collection

Queensland Museum

Slovenian Museum of Natural History

Swedish Museum of Natural History

University of Alberta, E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum

University of Amsterdam, Zoological Museum Amsterdam, Entomology

University of Copenhagen

University of Guelph, Insect Collection

University of Manitoba, J.B. Wallis Museum of Entomology

University of Queensland, Insect Collection

University of Sydney, Macleay Museum, Invertebrate Collection

Western Australian Department of Agriculture, Insect Reference Collection

Zoologische Staatssammlung Munchen

Scientific Illustration Archives/Image Galleries

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Insect Illustrations

Iowa State University Index of Image Galleries (by taxon)

Collection Size Rankings

The Department of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University under Historical Collections lists some 1986 collection size numbers for the major North American collections.

Useful References

1971. The systematic biology collections of the United States: An essential resource. Part 1. The great collections: Their nature, importance condition, and future. A report to the National Science Foundation by the Conference of Directors of Systematic Collections. 33 pp.

Information on Large, Unsorted Holdings Available for Study

DPI, Gainesville, Florida. Contact M.C. Thomas (352-372-3505 x187)

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution: Department of Entomology backlog (contact: David G. Furth, 202-633-0990).  Research material of Terry L. Erwin form Ecoador and Peru (Contact: Terry L. Erwin  202-633-1022)

Orphaned Collections

Recent North American Examples of Orphaned Institutional Collections [very incomplete]:

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (adopting collection): Brown University; Amherst Collection, Indiana University; Dartmouth College

 NMNH (adopting collection): Townson Univ (partial); Univ. Massachusetts (types).

California Academy of Sciences (adopting collection):  Stanford University

Useful References

Horn, W. and I. Kahle. 1935. Ueber Entomologische Sammlungen, Part 1. Ent. Beihefte aus Berlin-Dahlem 2:1-160. Part 2: ibid. 1936. 3:161-292. Part 3: ibid. 1937. 4:297-536. [Lists destinations of many private and public collections, including sample handwriting of various historical entomologists]

Horn, W., I. Kahle, G. Friese, and R. Gaedike. 1990. Collectiones Entomologicae. Akademie der Landwirtschaftswissenschaften der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 2 parts, 573pp. [basically a reprint of Horn & Kahle with some embellishments]

Sachtleben, H. 1961. Beitraege zur Entomologie 11(5/6):481-540.Nachtraege zu “Walter Horn & Ilse Kahle: Ueber entomologische Sammlungen”

Sherborn, C. D. 1940. Where is the ___ Collections: An account of the various natural history collections which have come under the notice of the compiler Charles Davies Sherborn between 1880 and 1939. Cambridge University Press, 148pp.

Management, Policies and Techniques

General Collection Management Policies (web sites, books, manuals, sample collection policies, etc.)

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology’s Collections Management Policy (1998) – Other Resources)

American Museum of Natural History: Loan Policy

American Museum of Natural History: Miscellaneous Policies

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University: Loan Policy

The Natural History Museum, London: Curatorial Policies and Collections Management Procedures, 2003, Appendix 2 is for Entomology (pp. 23-24).

California Academy of Sciences, Department of Entomology: Acquisition and Collection Development and Maintenance Policy (2000)

Collection Management Policies for dry, alcohol, slide, frozen and DNA tissue collections

American Museum of Natural History Frozen Tissue Collection

Smithsonian Institution Collection Management Policy

Valuation of Collections

(Papers, IRS)

Smithsonian Institution policy on valuation of collections: Institutional staff are forbidden from providing potential donors with a valuation of collections (i.e., conflict of interest). Institutional staff can only acknowledge the receipt of such donations/gifts and may be asked by a donor to complete Part IV (Donee Acknowledgement) section of an IRS Form 8283 indicating the institution’s tax ID number and signature/date. Donations of over $5000 in value must be accompanied by this IRS 8283 Form (Noncash Charitable Contributions) with a professional appraisal. Donations of natural history specimens/objects are generally included as items similar to art objects. The IRS considers the “fair market value” of items to be documented by similar amounts of money exchanged for similar objects, e.g., similar objects sold at an auction or in a commercial catalog.

Techniques for Collection & Preservation

Collecting and Preserving Insects and Mites
Electronic, updated version of Steyskal, G. C., W. L. Murphy and E. M. Hoover (Eds.). 1986. Insects and Mites: Techniques for Collection and Preservation. USDA ARS Misc. Publ. No. 1443, 103 pp.

Specimen Preparation Guidelines (by taxon)

Miscellaneous Collecting/Collection Literature

Duckworth, W.D., H.H. Genoways, C.L. Rose 1993. Preserving natural science collections: Chronicle of our environmental heritage. NSF, National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property. 140 pp.

Zycherman, L.A. and J.R. Schrock (Eds.). 1988. A guide to museum pest control. Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artisitic Works and the Association of Systematics Collections. 205 pp.

Gibb, T. and C. OSETO.  2005. Arthropod Collection and Identification: Laboratory and Field Techniques.  Academic Press. 336, 400 illus.

Triplehorn, C. A. and N. F. Johnson. 2004. Borror and DeLong’s Introduction to the Study of Insects. Seventh edition. Thomson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA. 864 pp.

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