Conserve-O-Gram 11/9 Handling and Care of Dry Bird and Mammal Specimens Source: National Park Service (NPS) Natural history specimens represent the biological legacy of our predecessors. They are the tools used by researchers to assess how species are distributed in geographical and ecological time and space. How we care for these collections today will directly […]
Collection Materials Archives: Natural History Specimens
Conserve-O-Gram 2/18 Safe Storage and Handling of Natural History Specimens Preserved in Fluid Source: National Park Service (NPS) Most fluid-preserved natural history specimens are stored in alcohol or formaldehyde (see Table 1 for a list of commonly used preservatives and their names). The most widely used preservative is ethyl alcohol, mixed with water in a […]
Distinguishing Between Ethanol and Isopropanol in Natural History Collection Fluid Storage Source: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections Natural history specimens in fluid storage are typically maintained in either ethanol (grain or ethyl alcohol) (CH3CH2OH), isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol or propan-2-ol) [(CH3)2CHOH] or formalin (CH2O). If not previously documented, identifying storage fluids can be […]
Saving Your Treasures: Natural History Specimens Source: Nebraska NET Saving Your Treasure series
Recorded: Thursday, September 24, 2015
The rotating Featured Members series calls upon you, the member, to share your own story as a collections professional or enthusiast. First up in this rotating series is Ben Gessner from Minnesota Historical Society.
A recording of this hour-long webinar, dedicated to the basic care of leather and fur objects, is now available with an accompanying and comprehensive list of resources.
Neil Cockerline, author of this Technical Leaflet and Director of Preservation Services and Conservator, Midwest Art Conservation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota recently joined us for a live Question and Answer session about items of concern in your collection.