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RMSC: From mastodons to jewelry, historic treasures

Over the last century, the Rochester Museum & Science Center has amassed a collection of 1.2 million objects that tell the story of life in a nine-county region. The history of nature, culture and technology here dominates, but there also are many items from around the world:

Evolutionary and environmental sciences: 26,000 specimens

Fossils, rocks, minerals, mammals, birds, insects, eggs, reptiles, shells, mastodons. Highlight: One of the nation’s largest collections of extinct passenger pigeons.

Anthropology: 900,000 objects

Material from Native American, other indigenous and Euro-American peoples representing more than 11,000 years of history. Highlight: the Iroquois archeology collection, 1540-1820, considered a national treasure.

Regional history: 164,000 objects

Items of everyday life, such as clothing, children’s objects, furnishings and communication devices, and Rochester business items. Highlight: a 70,000-piece collection of clothing and accessories, including rare everyday wear.

Archives: 60,000 documents, 40,000 photographs; Library holdings: 50,000

Research materials, including manuscripts, books, magazines, prints, maps and photographs depicting the busyness of life in Rochester. Highlight: 14,000 negatives depicting local life from 1903 to 1936 by newspaper photographer Albert Stone.

9/21/12 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email [email protected].

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