Value of herbarium specimens?

James A Macklin macklin at ACNATSCI.ORG
Tue Jul 24 16:59:50 CDT 2001


We have been approached by another institution as to whether we could
evaluate the value of a collection of specimens donated to them. Of
course, the value assessment is necessary as the donor wants to use the
donation as a tax write-off. Is the value tied to the maintenance of the
specimen on going? Is a value tied to how much anyone might be willing
to pay for an item as it is for art? Does anyone out there have
experience in appraising herbaria?

Thanks in advance for any advice,


James Macklin Ph. D.
Collections Manager, Botany
Biodiversity Group
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195
Phone: (215) 405-5088
FAX: (215) 299-1028

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