Mollusks

Notables: Professor Herman Wright

In 1932, Carnegie Museum received a donation of the collection of Herman P. Wright. Wright, a professor at Indiana University, amassed a collection of freshwater mollusks while studying the Tippecanoe River System of northern Indiana. The collection represents not only the main river, but also tributaries and 95 associated ponds and lakes. Sub-fossil taxa were obtained by taking 284 marl borings. This collection, when fully curated, allows study of the variation within taxa from the headwaters of the Tippecanoe River to its end where it joins the Wabash River as well taxa from both riverine and lake habitats. The collection was donated to the museum in 1932 by the Professor's widow, Christina Wright.