The idea here is to collect all of the museum abbreviations that any of us who work in vertebrate paleontology will ever need, so that we can copy and paste them when building the ‘Museum Abbreviations’ section of our future papers. (I’d throw an even wider net, but I think if we start bringing in invertebrates or plants the list will get unwieldy. I guess we can just start other lists for those things. UPDATE: we’re linking out to those, see below.) Anyway, this is the seed. If you have more to recommend, or if you find errors, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update the page as soon as possible.
Note: because I started building this list in a text file to quickly get rid of the native formatting from the numerous papers I copied these from, many (but curiously not all) of them had their diacritical marks stripped out. We’ll fix those as time and opportunity allow – please feel free to post corrected versions in the comments that we can copy and paste into the list.
Thanks to any and all who contribute!
Most UK collections should have Museums Documentation Association (MDA) codes in this list maintained by the Collections Trust.
Work on other stuff? Please see also:
- the Bishop Museum’s Abbreviations for Insect and Spider Collections of the World
- the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists’ Standard Symbolic Codes for Institutional Resource Collections in Herpetology & Ichthyology
NEW PLAN: following a suggestion by Ross Mounce, we’re crowdsourcing the list, using Matt’s work as the seed, as a Google Doc that anyone can edit. So please feel free to make your updates and additions directly: view or edit the list.