Welcome to The Linnean Collections
The Linnean Society is the custodian of Linnaeus' collections, which comprises specimens of plants (14,000), fish (168), shells (1,564) and insects (3,198) acquired from the widow of Carl Linnaeus in 1784 by James Edward Smith as well as Smith's own plant (17,000 specimens) and insect (5,800) collections. The collections also include the library of Linnaeus (some 1600 volumes) and around 3000 letters and manuscripts.
It is the Linnean Society's aim to make available its primary research material in digital formats to support taxonomic and conservation efforts worldwide as well as providing public pleasure and enjoyment.
About this Repository
This digital archive of unique material relating to the society's priceless collections of specimens, manuscripts and letters will enable full global access for investigation allowing researchers to rapidly check details of the specimens on-line, including morphological details and written data.
The information is of critical importance to correct naming and identification of specimens. The type specimens represent the original concept of new species, exemplified by the specimens and illustrations used when assigning binomial scientific names, the foundation stones of taxonomy.
The collections are constantly referred to by researchers throughout the world and many specimens have been cited and/or illustrated in taxonomic papers.
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The Herbarium archive contains all 14,300 Linnaean plant specimens. The two phases of the Insects archive contain the Linnaean and Smithian butterflies and moths, together with the Bees, Wasps, Ants and Sawflies. The remaining insects from the collection will be made available during 2010. The Fish archive contains all the 158 Linnaean fish specimens. The Shell archive contains all the mollusc specimens currently housed in the strongroom.
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The Linnean Collections supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://www.linnean-online.org/cgi/oai2