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The record of accessions to this Department of the Museum during the year first passed is unusually flattering, and a large amount of material for future elaboration has been received. Several identified collections of great value were also obtained from well known European and American authorities. The most important additions were made, as usual, by the United States Fish Commission, and represent the recent deep sea exploration of the steamer Albatross over a wide area. Large collections were likewise obtained through funds at the disposal of the Museum and from naval and other sources. The total number of accessions was 72, and the number of shipping packages of all sizes received, 240. This enumeration does not, however, convey an adequate conception of the extent of the additions to the department, as several of the accessions amounted to more than 1200 packages each, if all the jars, 

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