The Albert J. Cook Arthropods (MSU-ARC)

In 1867, Professor Albert J. Cook started the ARC and it currently houses ~ 1.5 million specimens mounted on pins, slides or stored in alcohol representing ~35,000 species. A significant portion of the collection represents the insect diversity Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. Other significant collections represent the world-wide arthropod fauna for select taxa, e.g., Lepidoptera and Scolytinae. Researchers in systematics, agriculture, natural resources, urban insect management, to extension personnel and to the general public use these specimens. Please direct inquiries to Anthony Cognato, Director or Gary Parsons, Manager (

Contacts: Anthony Cognato,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 22 November 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Michigan State University
Cite this collection:
The Albert J. Cook Arthropods. Occurrence dataset (ID: ed902ef4-d1b8-467b-b7ec-173b14e5ed3e) accessed via the New Brunswick Museum Collections Portal, /portal, 2024-07-20).
Collection Statistics
  • 174 specimen records
  • 160 (92%) georeferenced
  • 1 (0.57%) with images (1 total images)
  • 128 (74%) identified to species
  • 10 families
  • 38 genera
  • 52 species
  • 52 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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