Invertebrate Zoology

Visits & Loans

In recent years hundreds of specialists worldwide have borrowed multiple thousands of specimens from the collection for research purposes. The single greatest service that the Invertebrate Zoology section makes to scientific research is by lending specimens from its collection to qualified persons for study and identification. Lending rates have increased greatly over the 100-year history of the museum.

The use of specimens from the collection, borrowed or otherwise, is governed by a General Policy. Issues not clearly addressed by this policy may be settled by contacting curatorial staff by phone, letter, or email. Please request data and specimen loans in writing. Requests received by mail or fax receive priority over those received by email, but either type of written communication is welcome.

Please direct inquiries as follows: 

Most requests: John Rawlins

Coleoptera: Robert Davidson 

Written requests should be addressed to:

Invertebrate Zoology
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080 U.S.A.
412.688.8670 (fax)

Use of Arthropod Collection by Scientific Visitors (1988–2004)  

Based on 1,214 visits for 3,158 days over 17 years