Clark Schmutz, left, and Cody Thompson examine a letter from the correspondence files of the Museum of Zoology mammal collections. Image credit: Scott Soderberg/Michigan Photography.

When the Museum of Zoology collection moved to the Research Museums Center south of campus, curators uncovered boxes filled with correspondence related to conservation efforts in the 1920s and ’30s. Clark Schmutz, who graduated in December, spent more than 100 hours reading and digitally scanning hundreds of letters to make them available online. In this video, Schmutz and Cody Thompson, the museum’s mammal collections manager, discuss the project and some of the intriguing stories that illustrate the links between museum collections and conservation. Read more about the digitization project.