Collection Data

Page Contents: Section | Significance | Background | Location & Dates | Taxonomic Contents | Documentation | Description of Collection | Collection Inventory | Collection Assets | Level of Taxonomic Identification | Collection Processing | Data Entry | Specimen Integration

Michael Oschin Amber Collection

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)

Invertebrate Paleontology

Significance (Top)

This is a varied collection with about 1055 pieces of mostly Dominican (20 mya) and Baltic (40 mya) amber, most pieces with either arthropod (mostly insects, but also other animals) or botanical inclusions.

Background (Top)

This was the personal collection of Mr. Michael Oschin, whose family members are long-time supporters of the Museum. It was donated to the Museum in batches: one in 1999, one in 2004.
On 8 December 2005, Oschin donated another 346 specimens of uncataloged Baltic amber which includes insects, plants, feathers, and purely mineralogical specimens to the Museum (F.A. 4000.2005-1). This material was moved from South Grand to Entomology on 4 February 2010. The two earlier donations (ca. 655 pieces) are also physically located in Entomology.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

This collection was purchased over many years by Mr. Oschin from various dealers in fossil amber.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Invertebrates in the collection include insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and mites.

Documentation (Top)

A portion of the collection in located in cabinets on the north-facing wall in the southwestmost office in Entomology.

Description of Collection (Top)

Currently, the collection is housed in individual, small plastic bags in Entomology.

Collection Inventory (Top)

No information available.

Collection Assets (Top)

No collection assets available.

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

No information available.

Collection Processing (Top)

Date 5: Unpack, initial sorting of collection by locality. 4: Xerox/preserve existing label; photo document label/specimens and field notes. 3: Sort specimens from each locality into species lots. 2: Rehouse specimen lots into archival grade containers. 1: Rehousing complete.
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Data Entry (Top)

Date 4: Enter locality data into IP collection database. 3: Identify species. 2: Enter specimen lot identifications and specimen counts into IP collection database. 1: Data entry complete.
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Specimen Integration (Top)

Date 3: Place specimen lots, arranged by locality, into metal trays for final storage. 2: Integrate specimen trays into the main collection. 1: Specimen integration complete.
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