From specimen sheets to archival boxes

Some steps in repackaging specimens from sheets into boxes.
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Original packet on sheet with photo.

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Remove specimen from packet.

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Wrap in archival tissue paper.

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Fold tissue into closed wrapper.

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Label box with collection number.

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Cut labels from sheet.

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Cut or fold labels to fit box.

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Trim labels.

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Cut photo from sheet.

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Label back of photo.

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Boxes ready for labels.

Field Museum volunteer Wes Wallace is repackaging collections that will then be added to the museum's online database. Historic specimens in the botany herbarium were mounted on herbarium sheets and put in folders. Fungus specimens were typically put in packets that were glued to the sheets along with all labels. Modern specimens are packaged in labeled boxes or packets.

The next step for these specimens is entering the label information into a database from which permanent labels will be printed and glued to the box tops. Then a barcode number sticker will be applied and scanned into the herbarium database. Scanned photos can also be loaded and viewable online.