Museum Acronyms

Mark Metz mmetz at LIFE.UIUC.EDU
Wed Jul 24 10:05:18 CDT 2002

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Robin Leech" <releech at TELUSPLANET.NET>
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 9:53 AM
Subject: Museum Acronyms

Hi Taxacomers,

Does anyone have access to an approved/accepted list of acronyms for the
world's museums?  Is it on a website somewhere where I can take a peek?

I know that one had the acronym SMUK (Snow Museum, University of Kansas),
but that this was somehow later turned around.

In particular, I am under the impression that all, or perhaps most all,
museums were to be designated with a 4-letter acronym.  The one in Ottawa
used to be CNC (Canadian National Collection) - full stop.  Then I
heard/read that it is now the CNCI (Canadian National Collection of

Can anyone confirm for me if the latter is now correct?

Robin Leech
Edmonton, Alberta

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