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UWIGM COLLECTIONS

The Museum houses over 20,000 catalogued specimens collected worldwide.

Lucas Barrett Collection

Lucas Barrett (1837 – 1862), a geologist, worked in Jamaica for just over three years. He held the post of Director of the first Geological Survey of Jamaica until his untimely death in 1862. His name has been perpetuated in the rudist genus Barrettia Woodward, which he discovered in 1861 in the Back Rio Grande Valley of Portland, northeast Jamaica. His collection consists of some 153 rock, mineral and fossil specimens, 80 of which were collected from eastern Jamaica. The specimens were not only collected to aid his geological investigations, but also to form the basis for a geological museum, an idea he fostered from 1859 until his death. Following his death, his specimens were sent to his family in England and later housed in the Sedgewick Museum, Cambridge. These specimens were acquired by the UWIGM in 1975.

Verners A. Zans Collection

This collection of Recent molluscs and corals was acquired from the Geological Survey of Jamaica in 1961, when the Department of Geology was being established. Verners A. Zans, a past Director of the Geological Survey of Jamaica, did extensive work on Jamaican geology, which resulted in, among others, the discovery of marble deposits in St. Thomas and the publication of a new geological map of Jamaica in 1958.

Howard R. Versey Collection

Howard R. Versey, a former Director of the Geological Survey from 1966 to 1968, worked extensively on mapping the Tertiary White Limestone Formation and succeeded in zoning the formation on the basis of larger foraminifers and establishing a relationship between the several facies. It is this material, which formed the basis of his M.Sc. research, that comprises this collection.

Institute of Jamaica Collection

A collection of rocks, minerals and fossils from Jamaica and around the World that was donated to the museum in the 1970’s. Some of these specimens were collected as far back as the 1860’s when the first Geological Survey of Jamaica was established.

 
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