Our historic collections inform the future. Each year, Hawkeyes and millions of other researchers across the globe access our digital collections records and we are cited in dozens of published scientific papers.

Access: Most of our vertebrate specimen records are now available in VertNet, GBIF, and iDigBio.  Search for us under institution code SUI (based on our historic name, State University of Iowa).

Our research collections team of museum professionals, students, and volunteers work tirelessly to create digital access to collections for researchers near and far. Learn more about how to support their efforts or explore our online databases.
Researchers, faculty, instructors, students, and others needing digital or in-person access, other special arrangements, or more detailed information on our research collections may contact our research collections team.