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About the Department

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Collection History

During the first half of the 20th century, the Departmental collections only comprised about 20,000 lots. Curatorial operations underwent renewal during the 1960's under Donn Rosen's guidance.

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Bashford Dean Memorial Library

The Bashford Dean Memorial Library is a major ichthyological library that is jointly maintained by the AMNH Library and the Department of Ichthyology.

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Bloch Reproductions

Now available through the Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, for the reduced price of $180.00/set, is a 1993 reprint of Bloch's Allgemeine Naturgeschicte Der Fische published between 1782-1795.

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History of the Department

The Museum received its charter in 1869, although it was established as an organization several years earlier. During the early years a few fish specimens were listed in the annual lists of accessions.

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