Museum Acronyms

Andrew Smith asmith at UNLSERVE.UNL.EDU
Wed Jul 24 10:06:09 CDT 2002

Dear Robin

In my opinion, as long as the acronyms are clearly defined in the
paper, it doesn't really matter if different authors use different
variations (CNC vs. CNCI, SMUK vs. SEMC, BM vs. BMNH etc.).  The four
letter standards I often use can be found on the Bishop Museum
(otherwise known as the BPBM) website at:


>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 Insects).
>Can anyone confirm for me if the latter is now correct?
>Robin Leech
>Edmonton, Alberta

Andrew B. T. Smith
W436 Nebraska Hall
Division of Entomology
University of Nebraska State Museum
Lincoln, NE 68588-0514  U.S.A.

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