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Vials of insect specimens preserved in alcohol in the Dept. of Entomology's collections.


Vials of insect specimens preserved in alcohol in the Dept. of Entomology's collections.
Photo by Chip Clark.

Collection Databases

Searchable lists of specimens, illustrations, anthropological collections, and summary information about the National Museum of Natural History collections.

Museum Collection Records

All of our database holdings are currently being moved into a new Research and Collections Information System (RCIS), known as EMu. This system will allow us to provide access to more of our collections over the next several years.

Some data are still available from our old systems. These are listed below:

Type Specimen Holdings

General Holdings

Scientific Illustrations and Images

Reference Databases

Information resources that support or are the products of taxonomic and nomenclatural research at the National Museum of Natural History.

Bibliographies

Comprehensive lists of literature references compiled and/or maintained by National Museum of Natural History staff in selected areas of natural history research.

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