page is still being developed. Here we will list those neuroscientists
and their institutions who have custody of major or minor collections
of brain specimens which were sectioned, stained and mounted
on microscopic slides. Typically, these collections were assembled
during the course of the individual's professional research
Collections at the C. und O. Vogt Institut fur Hirnforschung
four major brain collections:
Fleishhauer collection:histological sections of fetal,
postnatal and adult cat brains.
Stephan collection:serially sectioned and Nissl-stained
brains of numerous primate, insectivore and bat species.
Vogt collection:serially sectioned, Nissl- and myelin-stained
human brains prepared by Cecile and Oskar Vogt and various
co-workers during the first half of this century.
Zilles collection:serially sectioned, Nissl- and
myelin-stained brains of humans (fetal, postnatal, and adult),
apes,monkeys, prosimians, and various other mammalian and
Kappers Brain Collection.
collection is maintained at the Netherlands Institute
for Brain Research (Nederlands Instituut voor Hersenonderzoek),
under the care of Professor Michel A. Hofman.
Wilder Brain Collection
collection, at Cornell University, contains fixed
whole human brains, assembled during the last two decades
of the 19th century and in the early part of the 20th century
by Dr. Burt Green Wilder, the first professor of animal
biology at Cornell University. Of the 350 human brains in
the collection early in 1972, only 122 brains have been
retained. Special emphasis was made to acquire brains of
famous people. The collection now contains 14 brains of
prominent people and 12 brains of less known or infamous
people. This collection may have been the first collection
assembled in the United States. A report on this collection
was prepared by Hedwig Kasprzak.
The collection is maintained by Dr. Barbara Finlay, in the
Dept. of Psychology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853.