FW: Raw's private collection note

Bill Shear wshear at EMAIL.HSC.EDU
Thu Sep 26 09:01:53 CDT 2002

This message is being forwarded because I forgot to select "Reply all", so
it went only to Lynn Raw.

> The existance of private collections is no problem for me--I have a large
> one myself.  HOWEVER--any type specimens that originate from my collection
> are deposited, without exception, in public institutions that have
> demonstrated a long-term commitment to care and accessibility (MCZ, AMNH,
> USNM, Cal Academy, etc.).  This thread was originally concerned with the
> ICZN requirement for the deposition of types in public collections, and
> I support 100%.  A private collection is no place for types; the only
> possible exception would be for part of a large type series.  Then it
> be acceptable for some paratypes to be retained by a private collector.
> Private collections: good.  Holotypes in private collections: bad.
> Bill Shear
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