Arthropod research collection

Welcome to the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection (ARC) website. The Collection was started by Professor Albert J. Cook in 1867 and later named in his honor. The ARC now houses close to 1.5 million specimens mounted on pins, slides or stored in alcohol, which are used for research, education, extension services and outreach. The collection is located in the Natural Science building at Michigan State University and is managed by the Department of Entomology. Currently 18 faculty, staff and students help oversee its operations.

Anthony Cognato and Gary Parsons

Access the collection database

Visit Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN) to access the collection database. Instructions for searching the database:

  1. Deselect all.
  2. Scroll to Midwest & Plains collections and check The Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection (MSU-MSUC).
  3. Push the Search button in the upper right. This brings you to the search page for the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection.
  4. Enter family, genus or species and if needed any of the criteria listed below.


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