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Reports of Investigations, No. 57The Illinois State Museum has an active publishing program that serves a wide audience, from scholars and researchers to the general public. Among our publications are:


The Illinois State Museum Society administers the 1877 Fund. Named for the year the Museum was founded, this fund provides critical support to the functions of the Museum by funding important projects that are not supported through the state budget.

Zoology Collections

The zoology collections contain over 140,000 specimens representing mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and mollusks. The museum's collections of vertebrate skeletons and fresh water mollusks are among the most extensive of their type in the U.S. They include large series for many Midwestern species and constitute one of the best comparative collections in the country for the identification of animal remains from archaeological, paleontological, and contemporary forensic contexts.

Library and Archives

The Museum library's rich and diverse collection contains more than 20,000 monographs and 800 serials. Additional materials include rare books, archives, and manuscript collections. The library serves staff specialists and other researchers by acquiring and preserving materials that support the Museum's mission.

Geology/Paleontology Collections

The geology collections's over 200,000 specimens include 60 type and figured invertebrates, 6 fish types, and over 600 type and figured plant fossils. Also represented is a strong collection of Carboniferous fossils from the scientifically and nationally significant Mazon Creek and Rock Island areas of Illinois. Rocks and minerals in the collection number over 6,700 specimens.


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