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Since its formation in 1879, the U.S. Geological Survey has been collecting samples and specimens during the course of fieldwork and scientific investigations within the United States and around the world. These scientific collections are public assets, and need to be well documented and accessible to researchers if they are to have continued value for the scientific community.
Scientific collections are federally funded assets with a potential long-term value to science and society. Those that are deemed valuable for future research must be treated with appropriate care to preserve their scientific integrity.
USGS collects samples and maintains a variety of scientific collection types as part of its research mission. Learn more about the types of collections and how you can determine which ones you have.