History of the Museum

The Museum of Biological Diversity has existed in it's current state since 1992. However, the collections that comprise the museum have a much longer history. Previously, the collections were scattered around main campus, limiting the interraction of personnel with common research interests. After moving into the current facility, most of the faculty, staff and students working on natural history and systematics are now free to interact, collaborate and learn under a common roof.


 

 

 

 

 

 

The existence of our collections is mandated by an Ohio Legislative Statute from 1968: 3335.19 Collection of specimens in mineralogy, geology, and natural history.


      "The board of trustees of the Ohio State University shall secure and keep in the university a collection of specimens in mineralogy, geology, zoology and botany, and other specimens pertaining to natural history and the sciences. The president of the university shall collect and deposit in the collection in the manner directed by the trustees, a full set of specimens as collected by him and his assistants, together with a brief description of the character thereof, and where obtained. Such specimens shall be properly classified and kept for the benefit of the university."

 

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