Collections

"Cornell's collections are a driving force in research, teaching, and learning across disciplines."

Stephanie Wiles, The Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Johnson Museum of Art

From the world's largest archive of animal sounds to one of North America's largest collections of dried fungi, Cornell's natural history collections are as outstanding as they are diverse. The insect collection is worldwide in scope, and preserved plants, numbering some 845,000, include specimens of algae, bryophytes, and vascular plants. Other superlative collections include North America's most respected archive of the American labor movement, a rare collection of mechanical models from the 19th century, and a costume collection that dates back to the 18th century.