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Mammal Collections in the Western Hemisphere a survey and Directory of Existing Collections

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Friends University, Fellow-Reeve Museum of History and Science (FRM)

Friends University Contact: Philip Nagley

2100 University Voice: 316-292-5594

Wichita, KS 67213 FAX: 316-263-1092

31 specimens; taxidermy mounts; material collected by Quaker missionaries (United States, Canada, and Africa)

Pratt Education Center and Aquarium (PECA)

(formerly Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Contact: Roland Stein

Commission, KFFGC) Voice: 316-672-5911

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks FAX: 316-672-6020

512 S.E. 25th Avenue

Pratt, KS 67124-8174

128 specimens; primarily taxidermy mounts; additional contact: Steve Stockhouse

Kansas State University (KSU)

Teaching Collection Contact: Donald W. Kaufman

Division of Biology Voice: 785-532-6622

Kansas State University FAX: 785-532-6653

Manhattan, KS 66506-4901 E-mail:

500 specimens; primarily material from the United States; collection used for teaching

Pittsburg State University (PSUMC)

Biology Department Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS 66762

1,200 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Southwestern College, Natural History Museum (SCNHM)

Southwestern College Contact: Max Thompson

100 College Street Voice: 316-221-8273

Winfield, KS 67156-2499 FAX: 316-221-8382


2,100 specimens; emphasis on southcentral Kansas; small collections from Australia, Africa, Mexico

University of Kansas, Museum of Natural History (KU)

Division of Mammals Contact: Robert M. Timm

University of Kansas Voice: 785-864-4180

Lawrence, KS 66045-2454 FAX: 785-864-5335


156,000 specimens; collection includes 129 holotypes; important series from the Great Plains, western United States, Mexico, and Central America; frozen-tissue collection (500 specimens); contains former collections of the Kansas City Museum, the Ralph Ellis Collection, the Albert Schwartz Collection, and the University of Miami, Coral Gables Collection; additional contact: Thor Holmes (voice: 913-864-3047); ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975 and 1987)

Wichita State University (WSBC)

Department of Biological Sciences Contact: D. A. Distler

Wichita State University Voice: 316-689-3113

Wichita, KS 67208-1595

200 specimens


Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)

Biology Department Contact: Charles L. Elliott

Eastern Kentucky University Voice: 606-622-1531

Richmond, KY 40475 FAX: 606-622-1020

925 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Murray State University (MSUMC)

Department of Biological Sciences Contact: Robert A. Martin

Murray State University Voice: 502-762-6754

Murray, KY 42071 FAX: 502-764-4887

E-mail: a46713f@msumusic.bitnet

700 specimens; local emphasis, with synoptic series from eastern United States

University of Kentucky (UKEN)

Vertebrate Natural History Collection Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Thomas Hunt Morgan School of Biological Sciences

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506

5,346 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Western Kentucky State University (WKSU)

Bowling Green, KY 42101 Contact: (did not respond to survey)

100 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)


Centenary College Vertebrate Collection (CCVC)

(formerly Centenary College Collection, CCC) Contact: A. Bradley McPherson

Biology Department Voice: 318-869-5209

Centenary College FAX: 318-869-5211

Shreveport, LA 71104 E-mail:

1,450 specimens; about one-half of the collection is Latin American material

Louisiana State University, Museum of Natural Science (LSUMZ)

119 Foster Hall Contact: Mark S. Hafner

Louisiana State University Voice: 504-388-3083

Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216 FAX: 504-388-3075


37,945 specimens; collection includes 23 holotypes; collection emphasizes mammals from southcentral United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America; frozen-tissue collection (5,300 specimens); contains former collection of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USLBM); additional contact: Steven Cardiff; ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975 and 1989)

Louisiana Tech University (LTU)

Zoology Vertebrate Research Collection Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Department of Zoology

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA 71272

2,588 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Northeast Louisiana University, Museum of Zoology (NLU)

Department of Biology Contact: Neil H. Douglas

Northeast Louisiana University Voice: 318-342-1799

Monroe, LA 71209

1,100 specimens; local emphasis; former collection acronym: NELU

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSUL)

Department of Biology Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA 71201

1,740 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)


Southeastern Lousiana University, Vertebrate Museum (SLU)

Department of Biological Sciences Contact: Philip C. Stouffer

Southeastern Louisiana University Voice: 504-549-2191

Hammond, LA 70402-0814 FAX: 504-549-3851

534 specimens; local emphasis E-mail:

Tulane University, Museum of Natural History (TU)

F. Edward Hebert Research Center Contact: Henry L. Bart, Jr.

Tulane University Voice: 504-394-1711

Belle Chasse, LA 70037 FAX: 504-394-5045


7,807 specimens; additional contacts: Michael S. Taylor, (same address as above); Craig S. Hood (Department of Biological Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA 70118; voice: 504-865-2288; e-mail:


University of Maine, Farmington (UMF)

Department of Biology Contact: (did not respond to survey)

University of Maine

Farmington, ME 04938

2,000 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

University of Maine (UMO) Contact: Thomas P. Hodgman

Department of Wildlife Ecology Voice: 207-581-2876

University of Maine FAX: 207-581-2858

Orono, ME 04469 E-mail: hodgman@apollo.umnfa.

1,532 specimens; local emphasis; good series of coyote, fisher, and marten skulls


Frostburg State University, Mammal Collection (FSUMC)

(formerly Appalachian Environmental Laboratory, AEL) Contact: Ronald E. Barry

Department of Biology Voice: 301-689-4167

Frostburg State University FAX: 301-689-4737

Frostburg, MD 21532-1099 E-mail:

2,164 specimens; regional emphasis

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) Contact: M. C. Perry

Laurel, MD 20708 Voice: 301-497-5622

300 specimens; local emphasis, plus synoptic collection FAX: 301-497-5624


Amherst College, Pratt Museum of Natural History (PMNH)

Neontology Collection Contact: Linda L. Thomas

Amherst College Voice: 413-542-2165

Amherst, MA 01002 FAX: 413-542-2713


500 specimens; additional contact: Margery C. Coombs (voice: 413-542-2710; e-mail: mcc@

Boston University (BUTC)

Biology Department Teaching Collection Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Boston University

2 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02215

300 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ)

Mammal Department Contact: A. W. Crompton

Harvard University Voice: 617-495-3202

Cambridge, MA 02138 FAX: 617-495-5667


72,000 specimens; collection includes 322 holotypes; important collection of primates, including material from southeastern Asia, Africa, and South America; historically important North American series; contains former collections of O. Bangs, R. S. Palmer, M. Copeland, Kirk, and Grandidier; additional contact: Maria E. Rutzmoser (voice: 617-495-2469; e-mail:; ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975)
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MDFW)

Field Headquarters Contact: James E. Cardoza

1 Rabbit Hill Road Voice: 508-792-7270

Westborough, MA 01581 FAX: 508-792-7275

115 specimens; regional emphasis (Massachusetts)

Northeastern University Vertebrate Collection (NUVC)

Center for Vertebrate Studies Contact: Gwilym S. Jones

Department of Biology Voice: 617-373-4027

Northeastern University FAX: 617-373-3724

Boston, MA 02115 E-mail:

29,433 specimens; New England emphasis; large series of Globicephala melaena, Canis latrans, and Martes pennanti

Peabody Essex Museum (PMS)

Natural History Department Contact: Jane M. Winchell

East India Square Voice: 508-745-1876, extension 3127

Salem, MA 01970 FAX: 508-744-6776

295 specimens; local emphasis (Essex Co., Massachusetts); additional contact: Christine Jones

Springfield Science Museum (SSM)

236 State Street Contact: David J. Stier

Springfield, MA 01103 Voice: 413-733-1194

650 specimens; local emphasis FAX: 413-739-8785

University of Massachusetts, Museum of Zoology (UMA)

Department of Biology Contact: Curator of collection

University of Massachusetts Voice: 413-545-3565

Amherst, MA 01003-0027 FAX: 413-545-1696

4,465 specimens; good series of rodents and bats

Westfield State College, Museum and Herbarium (WSC)

The Museum and Herbarium Contact: David A. Lovejoy

Westfield State College Voice: 413-572-5307

Westfield, MA 01086 FAX: 413-562-3613


1,601 specimens; local emphasis, especially Peromyscus; contains former David A. Lovejoy Collection (DALC)


Central Michigan University, Center for Cultural and Natural History (CCNH)

Central Michigan University Contact: Lynn Fauver

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 Voice: 517-774-3829

FAX: 517-774-3542

2,711 specimens; local emphasis E-mail:

Cranbrook Institute of Science (CIS)

Box 801 Contact: Carole S. DeFord

1221 North Woodward Avenue Voice: 810-645-3214

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801 FAX: 810-645-3050

304 specimens; collection used for exhibition E-mail:
Eastern Michigan University, T. L. Hankinson Vertebrate Museum (EMU)

Department of Biology Contact: Allen Kurta

Eastern Michigan University E-mail:

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

600 specimens; local emphasis

Hope College (HCMZ)

Department of Biology Contact: Kathy Winnett-Murray

Hope College Voice: 616-395-7719

Holland, MI 49422-9000 E-mail: winnetmurray@hope.cit.

328 specimens; local emphasis

Lake Superior State College (LSSC)

Biology Department Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Lake Superior State College

Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783

300 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Michigan State University Museum (MSU)

Mammalogy Division Contact: A. Christopher Carmichael

Michigan State University Voice: 517-353-6624

East Lansing, MI 48824-1045 FAX: 517-432-2846


37,132 specimens; emphasis on mammals of Great Lakes region, Mexico (particularly Zacatecas, Oaxaca, and Durango), and South America; good series of Saguinus; additional contact: Laura Abraczinskas (voice: 517-355-1290; e-mail:; ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975 and 1985)

Public Museum of Grand Rapids (GRPM)

(formerly Grand Rapids Public Museum) Contact: Bryan Kwapil

54 Jefferson SE Voice: 616-456-3891

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 FAX: 616-456-3926

310 specimens; regional emphasis; additional contact: Marilyn Merdzinski

University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology (UMMZ)

University of Michigan Contact: Philip Myers

Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Voice: 313-764-0456

FAX: 313-763-4080


138,517 specimens; collection includes 122 holotypes; good holdings of Mexican species, Philippine bats, and mammals of Paraguay, Costa Rica, and Panama; contains Lee R. Dice Collection of Peromyscus, former Frederick H. Test Collection (FHTC), and University of Michigan Department of Zoology Collection (UMDZ); frozen-tissue collection (1,000 specimens); additional contact: Priscilla Tucker; ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975 and 1987)

Wayne State University, Museum of Natural History (WSUMNH)

Department of Biological Sciences Contact: Jeheskel (Hezy) Shoshani

Wayne State University Voice: 313-577-2873

Detroit, MI 48202 FAX: 313-577-6891

1,352 specimens (reported in Yates et al., 1987)


Bemidji State University, Vertebrate Collections (BSCVC)

Department of Biology Contact: Elizabeth Rave

Bemidji State University Voice: 218-755-2785

Bemidji, MN 56601 FAX: 218-755-4107

2,536 specimens; local emphasis

Saint John's University, Biology Collections (SJUBC)

Department of Biology Contact: Norman L. Ford

Saint John’s University Voice: 612-363-3172

Collegeville, MN 56321-3000

500 specimens; local emphasis

The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM)

Biological Collections Contact: Frederick J. Jannett, Jr.

30 East 10th Street Voice: 612-221-9429

St. Paul, MN 55101 FAX: 612-221-4777

45,513 specimens; regional emphasis (Minnesota); contains the F. J. Jannett Collection; additional contacts: Lori Leirdahl (voice: 612-221-9435), Gretchen Anderson (voice: 612-221-4764); collection is not catalogued

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

Department of Biology Contact: Donald Christian

University of Minnesota

Duluth, MN 55812

1,150 specimens; local emphasis (northern Minnesota)

University of Minnesota, James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History (MMNH)

Mammal Collection Contact: Elmer C. Birney

100 Ecology Building Voice: 612-624-6293

1987 Upper Buford Circle FAX: 612-624-6777

University of Minnesota E-mail:

St. Paul, MN 55108

17,302 specimens; collection emphasizes mammals of Minnesota, Philippine historical materials, Mexican bats and rodents, Patagonian rodents and marsupials; frozen-tissue collection (50 specimens); contains former University of Minnesota Wildlife Collection (UMDFW); ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975)


Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS)

111 North Jefferson Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Jackson, MS 39202

6,850 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Mississippi State University, Zoological Collections (MSUZ)

Department of Biological Sciences Contact: Jerome A. Jackson

Box GY Voice: 601-325-7568

Mississippi State, MS 39762 FAX: 601-325-7939

750 specimens; local emphasis; former collection acronym: MISSU


Central Missouri State University (CMSU)

Biology Department Contact: Laura J. McLellan

Central Missouri State University Voice: 816-543-8785

Warrensburg, MO 64093 FAX: 816-543-8006

2,181 specimens; local emphasis E-mail:

Gaylord Memorial Laboratory Museum (GML)

Route 1, Box 185 Contact: Leigh Fredrickson

Puxico, MO 63960

100 specimens; local emphasis

Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU)

Department of Biology Contact: David A. Easterla

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, MO 64468-6001

2,000 specimens

Truman State University (NEMSU)

(formerly Northeast Missouri State University) Contact: L. Scott Ellis

Division of Science Voice: 816-785-4621

Truman State University FAX: 816-785-4045

Kirksville, MO 63501 E-mail:

2,900 specimens; regional emphasis (Missouri)

University of Missouri, Museum of Zoology (MUMZ)

112 Stephens Hall Contact: Mary J. Ratnaswamy

University of Missouri, Columbia Voice: 573-882-9424

Columbia, MO 65211 FAX: 573-884-5070

E-mail: mary_ratnaswamy@

3,791 specimens; regional emphasis (Missouri)


Glacier National Park, Glacier Collection (GLAC)

West Glacier, MT 59936 Contact: (did not respond to survey)

250 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

Montana State University (MSUB)

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Contact: Keith E. Aune

Wildlife Laboratory Voice: 406-994-6357

Montana State University FAX: 406-994-4090

Bozeman, MT 59717

7,100 specimens; regional emphasis; good series of Montana brown bears; frozen-tissue collection (400 specimens); additional contact: Phillip Schladwieler

University of Montana, Zoological Museum (UMZM)

(formerly University of Montana Bird and Mammal Contact: David L. Dyer

Museum, UMZ) Voice: 406-243-4743

Division of Biological Sciences FAX: 406-243-4184

University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59801

12,350 specimens; contains John and Frank Craighead Grizzly Bear Collection; Chinese and Russian mammals; good collection of carnivore and skeletal material; ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975 and 1985)


Chadron State College, Collection of Vertebrates (CSCCV)

Chadron State College Contact: Jay Dee Druecker

1000 Main Street Voice: 308-432-6278

Chadron, NE 69337 FAX: 308-432-6434


3,500 specimens; local emphasis; planning underway to transfer most specimens to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNSM) in the near future; former collection acronym: CSC

Hastings College, Collection of Vertebrates (HCCV)

Department of Biology Contact: Dallas E. Wilhelm, Jr.

Hastings College Voice: 402-461-7382

Hastings, NE 68901 FAX: 402-463-3002


550 specimens; collection contains a few specimens transferred from Hastings Museum (HM)

Hastings Museum (HM)

1330 North Burlington Contact: Burton Nelson

Hastings, NE 68901 Voice: 402-461-2399

264 specimens; exclusively taxidermy mounts FAX: 402-461-2379

Kearney State University, Vertebrate Museum (VMKSC)

Biology Department Contact: (did not respond to survey)

Kearney State University

Kearney, NE 68849-0531

3,647 specimens at last report (Yates et al., 1987)

University of Nebraska State Museum (UNSM)

Division of Zoology Contact: Patricia W. Freeman

University of Nebraska, Lincoln Voice: 402-472-6606

Lincoln, NE 68588-0514 FAX: 402-472-8949


11,400 specimens; large series of regional species; specimens of historical importance; contains the Edson Fichter Collection and part of the University of Nebraska, Omaha Collection; additional contact: Thomas E. Labedz (voice: 402-472-8366; e-mail:; ACCREDITED BY ASM (1975)

University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)

Department of Biology Contact: Kenneth N. Geluso

University of Nebraska at Omaha Voice: 402-554-2840

Omaha, NE 68182-0040 E-mail:

610 specimens; local emphasis


Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAME)

601 Nevada Highway Contact: Leslie Peterson

Boulder City, NV 89005 Voice: 702-293-8959

FAX: 702-293-8936

145 specimens; local emphasis (record of species in area prior to inundation of Lake Mead)

Nevada State Museum (NSMC)

Capitol Complex Contact: Ann Pinzl

Carson City, NV 89710 Voice: 702-687-4810

FAX: 702-687-4168

1,426 specimens; regional emphasis (Nevada); former collection acronym: NSM

Nevada State Museum and Historical Society (NSMHS)

700 Twin Lakes Drive Contact: George T. Austin

Las Vegas, NV 89107 Voice: 702-486-5205

FAX: 702-486-5172

7,600 specimens; regional emphasis; contains former collections of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the J. R. Alcorn Collection (JRAC)
University of Nevada, Museum of Biology (UNEVR)

Department of Biology/314 Contact: Stephen H. Jenkins

University of Nevada Voice: 702-784-6188

Reno, NV 89557 FAX: 702-784-1302

1,770 specimens; local emphasis E-mail:


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