Collection Size: Approximately 6,000,000 specimens in over 248,000 lots (9th largest mollusk collection in the U.S.).
Collection History: The first conchological acquisition of the Bishop Museum was the Andrew Garrett collection, purchased in 1894. The subsequent history of the collection is largely a history of numerous expeditions and field trips in the Pacific, and of the acquisition of more than 30 major private collections, containing predominantly Pacific material. Most notable in the marine collection is the acquisition between 1948 and 1963 of the Thaanum-Langford collection, consisting of approximately 160,000 specimens from all over the Pacific.
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