Each of the Research Sections is in the process of digitizing its collections with the goal of making these databases publicly accessible through the Museum's website and cross-institutional collaborative websites. Want to know where to find a specific plant, insect, or other animal in Colorado, or find out whether the Museum owns any fossils from Boulder County?
This is the place to look!


Anthropology and Archaeology Collections Database
Search the Anthropology and Archaeology collections and archives database online. Please note: The catalog information displayed here was created over the course of the past 100 years. The data is drawn from many sources and terminology used in the database reflects the time when the materials were cataloged and may be out of date by contemporary standards. The photos you are accessing may require image reproduction and use permissions. For all inquiries and requests, forms and contact information can be found on the Anthropology Policies & Procedures page.

Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database
This Arizona State Museum database contains analytical data and images compiled by Joe Ben Wheat for about twelve hundred textiles from over fifty museums and public collections, including the CU Museum of Natural History's Navajo textile collection.


Specimen Database of Colorado Vascular Plants
Fully searchable database of complete label information for specimens of Colorado vascular plants housed at Herbarium COLO.

Colorado Type Specimens
Follow this link to download and/or print a report of all of COLO's type specimens. We have a general list of species we hold as well as a printout containing entire label information.


Insect Specimen Records
Approximately 100,000 specimen records from our Insect Collection are currently published through the GBIF and SCAN data portals.  While this makes up only a fraction of our specimens, we are continuing to database and publish records on a regular basis.

Bees of Colorado
The 2011 publication of The Bees of Colorado is available for download.

Species Type List
Download and/or print a report of the University of Colorado Museum's insect type specimens.

Insect Species List
The insects are listed alphabetically within order, family, and genus. Every effort is made to update nomenclature, however we suggest that when you are looking for a species, you also check for junior synonyms.


Fossil Invertebrate and Plant Collections
The Museum's Fossil Invertebrate and Plant Collections are available for searching online through the Museum's website.

Fossil Vertebrate Collection Database
Including the Karl Hirsch Eggshell Collection, the Fossil Track Collection, and the Fossil Vertebrate Collections. 

Invertebrate Zoology

The Invertabrate Zoology division is currently migrating collection records to a new relational database. When this is complete all records will be available online.

Vertebrate Zoology

All the vertebrate zoology collection records are available for accessing online through ARCTOS. The individual links to each vertebrate taxon are listed below. If you need further assistance, have questions, or locate errors in specimen records, please contact Emily Braker.

Zoology Section's UCM data records may be used by individual researchers or research groups for non-commercial purposes. These data may not be repackaged, resold, or redistributed in any form without the express written consent of the section Curator or Director of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. If any of these records are used in an analysis, report or publication, the provenance of the original data must be acknowledged and the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History notified. UCM or its staff are not responsible for damages, injury or loss due to the use of this data.