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Wrote Prof. Putnam 5-8-05. 412



May 1, 1905

Mr. Geo. H. Pepper,
American Museum of Natural History,
New York City.

My dear Pepper:
I have just learned of the proposed Portland meeting of the Anthropological Association this summer. Do you think that a meeting here would be very much more successful? I see very little in the Portland Fair that would warrant any anthropologist in traveling across the continent to see it, especially if he had seen St. Louis. There are no anthropologists there and not even any institutions of any account. You have been here and know how we are situated, and what we could do to make the meeting more successful, especially with Professor Putnam present as he [[strikethrough]] would [[/strikethrough]] will be this summer. Since you were here our collections have only increased, but are now for the most part arranged and visible in our present building, which is a very different affair from the old iron store-house. We have become acquainted with the people interested in anthropology and have interested others, so that the Association could be sure of an attendance of a desirable kind. The trip to Portland would not have to be curtailed in any way, and no doubt the low rates to the Fair would hold good via San Francisco, or arrangements could be made to make them available. I hope you will see the advantage of holding the meeting here and will do what you can to bring it about. Professor Putnam is nearer to you at present than I am and I hope you will com-
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