SIA Acc. 19-198, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Records, 1982-2018

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This accession consists of materials concerning Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) annual meetings, educational programs, publications, finances, elections, and committees. SPNCH affiliated people documented in the collection include Suzanne MacLaren, Judith Price, Lisa Palmer, Linda Hollenberg, Carolyn L. Rose, and Paisley S. Cato. Particularly well documented is the SPNCH publication, "Storage of Natural History Collections: Ideas and Practical Solutions," 1992, which was funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum Services. Also included is the Society for the Preservation of Natural History "Newsletter" which is printed bi-annually in March and September. The "Newsletter" highlights scientific collections, the societies presidential and committees' reports, publications of interests and more. In 2014, the "Newsletter" became the SPNHC "Connection." Also, a part of the collection is the "Collection Forum," the official journal of SPNHC, is published disseminate substantive information concerning the development and preservation of natural history collections. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters and other serial publications, annual meeting records, workshop records, membership lists, committee records, reports, budget records, images, drawings, grant records, author releases, leadership manuals, financial records, and other related materials documenting SPNHC activities. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • Folder List in accession file.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1982
  • 1982-2018

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2034; Transferring office; 7/11/1990 Agreement of Transfer; Contact reference staff for details


  • Professional associations
  • Catalogs and collections
  • Preservation of materials
  • Natural History
  • Museums
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Natural history--Catalogs and collections


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Newsletters
  • Electronic images
  • Electronic records
  • Optical disks
  • Drawings
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Color photographs

Local number

SIA Acc. 19-198

Physical description

12 cu. ft. (12 record storage boxes)