Trivial question

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Mon Aug 12 09:17:52 CDT 2002

At 10:06 AM 8/12/02 -0400, you wrote:
>Is it now customary when acknowledging a loan of material from a museum to
>thank the curator, or the collection manager, or both?  It seems that
>curators, at least at the larger institutions, now have little to do with
>making loans.

As a former "curator" of a major herbarium, who hardly ever got to do any
of the day-to-day curatorial work, I know *exactly* what you are
saying.  Still, the curators do have the primary responsibility for the
care of the material.  So I get around the problem by in effect thanking
anybody associated with the institution.  For example, in my most recent
monograph/revision (Sida 19: 87-110, 2000), I thanked "the administrations
and staffs of the following herbaria for making specimens in their care
available, via loans or during visits:"  Feel free to plagiarize it if you
like it.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA

e-mail:       lammers at
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