Collection Data

Page Contents: Section | Significance | Background | Location & Dates | Taxonomic Contents | Documentation | Description of Collection | Collection Inventory | Collection Assets | Specimen Condition | Container Condition | Label Condition | Label Content | Level of Taxonomic Identification

Aleutian Cruise 1949

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)

Polychaetes

Significance (Top)

No information available.

Background (Top)

Unknown. The station data sheets inherited by the Polychaete Section along with the Allan Hancock Foundation polychaete collection do not have any explanatory text. Probably one of the many small collections sent to Dr. Olga Hartman (AHF) for identification & retained by her for the collection. This set might have been from a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service cruise as Hartman had identified other Alaskan polychaetes for the USFWS. Although the heading on the data sheet was "Dredge hauls; Aleutians Cruise; 1949" most of the samples come from the Bering & Chukchi Seas.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Off the Aleutian & Pribilof Islands, Gulf of Alaska, and the eastern Bering & Chukchi Seas; August 1949. At least 168 stations were sampled during the cruise; the data sheets had coordinates, date of collection, time, gear, operation, bottom type, and comments for 51 stations.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Polychaetes

Documentation (Top)

Electronic spreadsheet with station data and original paper data sheets held in the Polychaete Office.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Specimens originally fixed in 5% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water, and transferred in 70% ethanol. After identification by Hartman they were put into separate vials. These were placed into taxa jars & incorporated into the general collection while at Allen Hancock Foundation.

Collection Inventory (Top)

None at present. As the specimen lots are shelved it would require searching the whole collection to find them.

Collection Assets (Top)

No collection assets available.

Specimen Condition (Top)

Date 4: New alcohol needed immediately (specimens will otherwise be irreparably damaged) 3: Containers need to be 'topped off' 2: New alcohol needed within next 6-12 months 1: No curation needed at present
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Unknown but probably no curation needed at present.

Container Condition (Top)

Date 4: Immediate short-term (less than 5 years) storage container replacement needed. Present containers are inadequate. Curate in the short-term with plastic buckets, whirltop bags, or similar. 3: Specimens contained in museum-grade long-term (greater than 5 years) storage containers. Jars need new closures (e.g. replace Bakelite and metal lids). 2: Transfer to museum-grade long-term storage containers. Replace or transfer to new jars and glass vials, replace cotton and closures. 1: Containers are museum-grade and meet highest curation standards.
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Unknown, but specimens probably need to be double-vialled.

Label Condition (Top)

Date 4: New labels needed immediately (original labels in poor condition, paper torn/worn, legibility poor). 3: New labels needed within next 1-2 years (original labels beginning to wear, pencil writing fading, low quality paper was used). 2: New labels needed are as a result of curation and accretion of collection. 1: No new labels needed at present.
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Unknown, but almost certainly pencil or india ink on paper.

Label Content (Top)

Date 2: New label or additional label needed because original label data is incomplete and supporting documentation provides additional collection data which greately enhances significance and value of each lot. 1: Label content complete. All collection data are contained on label.
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Unknown, but almost certainly minimal.

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
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