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The Hook Collection contains just over 3000 insects, mainly from the UK and BC, mounted on numbered cards with two accompanying field notebooks. Entries in the notebooks detail the collection locale, collecting date, and habitat information for each specimen. These details make the Hook material valuable additions to the Spencer Entomological Collection at UBC's Beaty Biodiversity Museum, where researchers can now use them and their associated data for various projects. Since most specimens date from the early 1900s, these are some of our earliest records of insect species in BC, giving us a unique window into the fauna of that time and allowing us to make comparisons between insect species then and now.

The collection was donated to UBC by Mr. Hook and his daughter Mrs. Jackson in 1928 to commemorate the loss of his three sons in World War I. In addition to insects, specimens of mammals and birds were donated to the Cowan Vertebrate Collection at the same time. Both the Spencer Entomological Collection and the Cowan Vertebrate Collection now reside at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The digital collection available here consists of 25 beetle specimens from British Columbia, selected from the Hook holdings and photographed using a Leica DFC490 digital camera system. Each specimen is paired with its corresponding entry from the accompanying field notebooks, digitized using an Atiz BookDrive Pro scanner.

Karen Needham, Assistant Curator
Spencer Entomological Collection
Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC

Peter Doolan & Nancy Shin, MLIS Candidates
School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, UBC

 
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