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Mike, and others.
Attached is an excel file template that we use here at Michigan State for making labels for vials. It was originally created by Fred Stehr for his immature insect classes, which I now teach, but we use them for all our alcohol stored specimens. They are sized to fit inside a 2 dram vial, but will obviously work for larger vials also. There is a locality page tab as well as a tab to a page for companion identification labels. Click on any box and simply type over the state, county, locality , etc. designation. The Locality label faces outward, with the ID label back to back facing inward. The paper we currently use is 25% rag, and printing is done on a laser printer. For mass quantities of one locality, simply create the first label and copy and paste over others to fill a page. So far, they seem to be holding up well. If nothing is printed on the right side of the label, there is plenty of room for adding handwritten info for which we normally use Pigma micron 005 pens.

Gary L. Parsons
Academic Specialist, Bug House Director, Collection Manager
A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection
Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
288 Farm Lane, 243 Natural Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-5634  USA
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From a practical standpoint I'm interested in a computer/printer system. We do things in bulk here and a successful collecting trip might result in the need for several hundred permanent labels that would be immersed in alcohol with the sample.

In other situations we know where we will be collecting, so creating pre-printed labels with locality info would be nice with a space for hand written date and/or other collection information (riffle, leafpack, UV light, etc.). Not all printing media allow for additional writing.

Mike

On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 5:39 PM, Hutcheson, H Joel - APHIS <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Would these labels be located on the outside or the inside (submerged in ethanol) of the specimen container?

For those immersed, nothing beats India ink on rag paper.

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Date:    Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:12:40 -0400
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Subject: Alcohol labels

"Because every design must satisfy competing objectives, there necessarily has to be compromise among, if not the complete exclusion of, some of those objectives, in order to meet what are considered the more important of them." –Henry Petroski, *Small Things Considered*





It seems like we deal with this issue every couple years, but the technology changes every couple years, so let's go again.



What are the best techniques to produce labels for alcohol preserved specimens? Of course we could go with something really fancy like laser inscriptions burnt into little rectangles of marble, but I'm thinking more along the lines of paper and a printer. A medium that could be written on with a pen would also be nice.



Thanks for any suggestions,



Mike

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