Collection Materials Archives: Natural History Specimens

Conserve-O-Gram 11/9 Handling and Care of Dry Bird and Mammal Specimens

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 […]

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Distinguishing Between Ethanol and Isopropanol in Natural History Collection Fluid Storage

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 […]

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The Care of Leather and Fur

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.

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