Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

The Ernst Mayr Library’s Special Collections are comprised of over 15,000 rare and valuable volumes, art works and objects as well as the Archives of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.   Subjects collected include zoology, paleontology, oceanography, evolution and natural history.  The collection includes books and serials chiefly published before 1850, publications by the Museum staff, microforms, sound recordings, film footage and videos.   The Archives also feature field notes, correspondence, journals, specimen lists, photographs, prints, glass slides, drawings and illustration proofs, scrapbooks, memorabilia and ephemera, including a collection of portraits of naturalists from Aristotle to the present.   Highlights of the collection include works of Louis and Alexander Agassiz, ornithologists John James Audubon, William Brewster, and Alexander Wilson, as well as many other naturalists.



Staff Services

  • Assistance with presentation of materials in class
  • Assistance with selection of materials

Technology Available

  • Computer and data projector
  • DVD player
  • Cassette player
  • Wifi
  • VHS video player
  • CD audio player
  • Document Camera

Administrative Information

  Class limit: 15

The Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology does not have a publicly available calendar. When making a request, please submit with your preferred times and a staff member will get back to you.