The fungal collections date from the 1880's and consist of approximately 100,000 specimens, excluding the lichens. About 10% of the specimens are of Minnesota fungi; the remainder are from North America and elsewhere.
Intensive scientific investigation of Minnesota fungi occurred from about 1885 to 1910 supported by the Geological and Natural History Survey of Minnesota. Collections made between 1910 and 1960 focused on plant disease fungi. Renewed interest in documenting fleshy fungi began in the 1960's and has expanded in recent years with the increased emphasis on the analysis of biodiversity.
David McLaughlin, Curator of Fungi
Department of Plant Biology
University of Minnesota
1445 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul MN 55108-1095