The Anthony L. Swinehart Herbarium [ALS]

My herbarium was established when I was an undergraduate in college in
the early 1990's and now comprises about 4000 specimens.  The vascular
plant collection is particularly rich in aquatic and wetland plants from the
Great Lakes Region.  It also includes a moss collection (especially
Sphagnum mosses of Indiana), a wood collection (xylarium), and a spirit
collection of marine algae of the Florida Keys.  I have a number of duplicate
specimens available for exchange with other herbaria or individuals.  See my
operations manual for more information about herbaria and my herbarium in
particular and about specimen exchanges.


Invertebrates in my zoology collection include freshwater species from the
Midwest and marine species from the Florida Keys, including most major
phyla, and particularly rich in tiny marine molluscs.  The vast majority of my
vertebrate zoology collection is freshwater fishes from the Midwest, as well
as marine and brackish water species from the Florida Keys.  I also maintain
a small collection of bones and skulls to help with the identification of fossil
vertebrate material.

Invertebrate Palaeontology

My invertebrate fossil collection (mainly Palaeozoic) consists of primarily
Ordovician, Devonian, and Mississippian fossils, with the exception of a few
fossils which were either given to me or purchased.  My largest collection of
Devonian fossils is from the Silica Formation in Ohio.  My largest collection
of Ordovician fossils is from outcrops in southern Indiana.  My largest
collection of Mississippian fossils comes from west-central Indiana.

Vertebrate Palaeontology

Most of the fossils in my vertebrate palaeontology collection are ice-age
animal fossils from Florida, including bison, camel, horse, mastodont,
mammoth, gomphothere, alligator, dugong, glyptodont, gar, porcupine fish,
catfish, sharks, and rays, among others.  I also have fishes from the Green
River Formation (Eocene) from Wyoming.  I have a few purchased
specimens of dinosaur and mososaur teeth, etc.

Pleistocene Palaeoecology (non-petrified fossils)

Among my largest collections is the Quaternary Palaeoecology collection
(perhaps several thousand specimens), which consists largely of seeds,
leaves, cones, molluscs, mosses, etc., from cores taken from peatlands in
the Midwest.  I also have a large collection of Quaternary marine molluscs
from Florida, and several megafossils such as trees and stumps and other
remains from various sites.

Microscope Slides

Most of my microscope slide collection is chironomids from Rockwell Lake,
Lake County, Michigan.  I have a few other slides of freshwater protozoa and

Rocks, Minerals, and Artifacts

Bog iron                                                Iron pyrite

My rock, mineral, and artifact collection consists of odds and ends that I find
interesting and / or useful for instructional aids, such as bog iron, old
drainage tile, occasional arrow points that I have found, etc.
About the Collections...
Dr. Swinehart (right) collecting
fossils with his students in
southern Indiana.
A. L. Swinehart Natural History Collection
Collecting mosses in the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Collecting vertebrate fossils in
A partially completed mural
painted by Dr. Swinehart as a
replica of the famous "Age of
Reptiles" at the Peabody
Virtual Museum