It has been policy at Oklahoma University for graduate students to
deposit voucher specimens in the Sam Noble Museum for their
thesis/dissertation work. Recently, I've been going through some of
this material and I would like to add a few things to the general
The specimens need to be properly labeled. Field labels, such as
SP145-87A, do not mean anything without the field notes to accompany
it. Even with the field notes, it is much better to simply have a
proper label within the container.
The specimens need to be in proper containers for long term storage.
It is amazing what ecologist might consider to be a proper container.
Anything that is used as a preservative/treatment other than ethanol,
needs to be associated with the specimens. Benthic samples often use
Bengal Rose stain to turn biological organisms pink and so they can be
sorted easier. Sometimes people add acetone to ethanol to preserve
color. This needs to be clearly associated with the specimens.