How It All Began



“As well as a flourishing library, the school by 1909 had a wood collection containing specimens of nearly all of Pennsylvania’s native trees and large shrubs. For each species, cross sections and radial and tangential sections had been prepared to show the gross appearance of the wood. The next step was the preservation of samples in alcohol and glycerin so that sections suitable for microscopic examination could be cut. These latter sections were to be especially useful in the study of timber physics (wood technology)." E.H. Thomas, “A History of the Pennsylvania State Forestry School, 1903 – 1929.” p. 67

Friday, July 19, 2019

Making Progress in Organization

Well, last year I reported that the majority of the specimens had been documented in our database. The next step was to begin organizing them physically in the Xylarium.

The first step was kind of tough. I had to empty all the specimens out of the old cabinets so that I could begin loading them up in the correct order (by Family, Genus, Species). So I had specimens stacked everywhere, and empty cabinet drawers all. Then I had to print out new labels from the database. Got that done a couple of months ago. Since then, I've been going through the specimens, finding their appropriate labels, and putting them in the correct drawers. This is what that looks like...

Specimens stacked everywhere...

Starting to go back in...

Starting to look organized...

Easier to just leave drawers partially open as I go...

Over 11,000 labels.

Well, I have no idea how long this is going to take, since other people seem to think I ought to be doing other things :-) Oh, well, my goal is the end of the year. I just won't say what year.