The Strickland Entomological Museum was named in honor and in memory of Dr. E. H. Strickland, who founded the Department of Entomology in 1922, and within a few years thereafter established the insect collection. The Museum's holdings are in CW-223 in the Biological Science Building.
Approximately one million specimens are included, preserved dry on pins; in vials, in alcohol; or in Canada balsam, on microscope slides. The pinned specimens are in cardboard trays, housed in about 1200 wooden, glass topped drawers.
Two collections comprise the Strickland Museum: the Research Collection and the Alberta Reference Collection.
The Research Collection includes principally Nearctic insects, representing most orders and the major families thereof. The beetle family Carabidae is especially well represented: included are about 400,000 specimens principally from the Nearctic region, but with an important Neotropical component, and fewer taxa from the remaining biogeographical regions. The Kenneth Bowman Collection of Lepidoptera, which is part of the Research Collection, contains pinned specimens representing most of the species of butterflies and moths known from Alberta. The F.S. Carr Collection of Coleoptera is housed in approximately 300 drawers.
The Alberta Reference Collection includes a few representatives of many of the species known to occur in this province. The collection is used primarily as an aid in identifying local species.
Except for the carabids, the collections are arranged in systematic order, according to recent textbooks, catalogues and checklists, as appropriate. The Carabidae are organized by zoogeographical region, and then systematically, within each region.
Below are texts from two presentations about E.H. Strickland at the annual Strickland Lecture.
Reminiscences of 'Strick' by George E. Ball at the first annual Strickland Lecture
Student Memories of Professor E.H. Strickland by John Bocock at the 14th annual Strickland Lecture