Curating Collections

The work MNHO does falls into two main categories: data collection and data preservation.  Whether it's notes in a notebook or physical specimens, how data is stored and preserved requires careful planning so that the information will be accessible and usable by researchers in the future.

Collaboration with the Maine State Museum

Photo by Andy Molloy

MNHO is in the beginning stages of collaborating with the Maine State Museum to help organize their natural history collection. 


William Procter Insect Collection

MNHO collaborated with Acadia National Park to catalog and curate the William Procter insect collection.  William Procter was an entomologist who amassed a huge collection of Insects and marine invertebrates from the Mount Desert Island area in the first half of the 20th century.  MNHO staff cross-referenced the museum vouchers against Procter's original published catalogue and updated the nomenclature for all species with the goal of making the collection more accessible to present day researchers who want to understand how the insect populations of the area has changed. 

This multi-year project culminated in a three-volume catalog of the collection (available for purchase here). 

The Procter collection is housed at the museum at Acadia National Park.