The Topical Files (2.5 linear feet) are arranged alphabetically and contain documentation of the activity and operation of the Museum of Zoology for a period covering over 60 years. However, the bulk of the material dates from the early 1970s to the late 1980s and emanates from the directorships of Nelson G. Hairston, Donald W. Tinkle, Robert Storer, and William R. Dawson. As in the earlier series, those wishing to gain a historical understanding of the museum and its origin should consult the "Historical" folders. These folders contain writings created by museum faculty and staff that document important events in the museum's past. Another topic that may be of interest to those examining the history of the museum is the "Future of the UMMZ (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology)." This folder contains information on grants and external funds collected by the museum and documents that discuss the future of the museum as well as the field of systematics at the university. There are also several reports contained in this series that highlight the history, achievements, and agenda of the museum, including an October 1994 report from the director and a 1997 special report to Dean Edie N. Goldenberg of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
Information about the directors' and their activity at the Museum can be gleaned from the "Directors' Correspondence" and "Directors' Memos" folders. Additional well-documented activities of the museum include the annual award of the Edwin C. Hinsdale, Edward C. Walker, and E.S. George Reserve Scholarships to outstanding graduate students in the field of zoology; the visiting scientists and professors programs which bring distinguished individuals to the museum for a period of one week (scientist) or one term (professors) to conduct research and offer seminars and courses; and the care and handling of live vertebrate animals by museum faculty and students.
Also included here a diarly of William B. Mershon, Michigan conservationist. The diary is dated 1893-1919.