I had a unique experience with freezing. We ran all the drawers (about
1000) in the museum through the -80. Our oldest drawers, so far as I can
tell, are from the 1930s and the newest ones are less than a year old. We
had the glass crack in a handful of the older drawers, but no major

However, we had a series of drawers from Bioquip made in 2012. I don't know
the specifics of the drawers, but whereas normal Bioquip drawers are a
"10", these are a "12"—tight, shiny, Ferraris of drawers. Anyway, within a
few minutes of taking them out of the -80 to let them warm to room
temperature, I began to hear a series of very sharp and alarming "cracks".
I figured all the glass would be shattered and all hope was lost.
Thankfully, the drawers are in perfect condition (so far as I can tell).
However, the drawers had moths in them and a dozen or more specimens in
each drawer lost legs or an abdomen. Presumably the vibration associated
with whatever was causing the cracking noise damaged the specimens. I
haven't tried refreezing the drawers to see if the phenomenon repeats
itself or if the drawers are "fixed".

I don't know if it's worth it or not, but pre-freezing new drawers may be a
realistic strategy to remove this threat.



On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM, luciana <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Ice accumulation in the freezer will damage the drawers if not bagged (had
> that happen here). Excess moisture may cause the lids to warp. Repeated hydration
> and drying process over the years may cause joints to come apart (I got
> this from a carpenter). By bagging I don't have to worry about it.
> -- Lu
> On 2/22/2017 3:38 PM, Furth, David wrote:
> I started this at USNM in 1995 after some research.  I gave a couple talks
> at ECN a while ago about freezing.  Minus 25C will kill anything we need to
> worry about.  No need to bag or repeat freeze - cellulose will reabsorb any
> moisture. But after freezing do leave drawers, etc. out for enough time for
> them to re-acclimate - don't open them.
> We also talk about this in the Entomology Collections Management Workshop.
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> *Subject:* freezing drawers for pest control
> We are receiving some major donations, some of which have had some
> dermestid damage.  We have regular freezers as well as an ultra-low
> freezer.  Does anybody know of adverse effects of putting drawers of
> specimens in an ultra-low freezer before the drawer is brought into museum?
> -- Richard L. Brown
> Mississippi Entomological Museum
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