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Bird collections in the United States and Canada

The Auk

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Abstract

This survey was initiated in 1966 as a project of a subcommittee of the A.O.U.'s Committee on Research, at that time chaired by Paul H. Baldwin. The subcommittee consisted of the authors and Ralph J. Raitt. In 1968 the project was separated from the Committee on Research and the temporary Committee on Collections was established, with the present authors as its members. This paper is the final report of the committee.

In the past, many studies utilizing museum materials have been handicapped by ignorance of the existence of potentially important specimens. We hoped, by means of this survey, to enable future workers to take full advantage of all available material. The objectives of the survey were to determine the locations of collections of ornithological material with research potential, particularly skins, skeletons, fluid-preserved specimens, eggs, and nests; to assess the sizes and particular geographic or systematic strengths of the various collections; to locate former private collections; to learn what collections include holotypes, and who is responsible for the collections. These basic points are generally well-known for the larger institutions that specialize in maintaining research collections, but not for many smaller collections containing valuable material. The survey was inspired by and patterned after a series made of mammal collections (see Anderson et al. 1963, J. Mammal. 44: 471-500).

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Bird collections in the United States and Canada
Series title:
The Auk
Volume:
90
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1973
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
35 p.
First page:
136
Last page:
170