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photo of a Bald Eagle The natural history collection contains animal, plant and geological specimens that relate directly to the history of Ohio. Most of these specimens are from the area which is now Ohio. A few of them come from areas outside the state, but relate to Ohio in one or more ways, such as through association with kinds of specimens that are found in Ohio, or through collectors.

The natural history synoptic collection holds 92,803 specimens in the following groups: 6,112 fossils; 10,401 rocks and minerals; 4,388 plants and their parts; 30,079 insects and other arthropods; 33,730 vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes; and 8,093 miscellaneous groups. The research collection contains 35,000 insects and approximately 200,000 specimens that are on loan to The Ohio State University's Museum of Biological Diversity.

You can also access the database for our Online Collection Catalog via your computer. Click your mouse here to connect the catalog, or click on the small print header at the top of any OHS web page that says: "Go to the Online Collection Catalog." You can search for records of any of the over 230,000 entries from the museum collections (archaeology, history, or natural history) as well as all of our Library/Archives records.

For information about the Society's Natural History Collection, contact Bob Glotzhober. Email bglotzhober@ohiohistory.org, call 614/297-2633 or fax 800/566-7557.


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