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a collection of archaeological specimens from the Thousand Islands and vicinity, for similar material from New Jersey.

We exchanged with the Roger Williams Park Museum of Providence, Rhode Island, material from the Apache, Quinault, Pima, Haida, Eskimo and Dieguenos, for archeological specimens from New York City and New England.

We received from A. Law Vogue of New York City two baskets from Brazil in exchange for a jadeite bead from Honduras.

Mr. Leonidas Westervelt of New York City gave us a toy baby carrier from the Chiricahua Apache in exchange for a buoyant of the Colonial period.

We received in exchange from W. Wildschut of Billings, Montana, two Crow medicine bundles for a war club, a rattle, and a mask of the Iroquois.

An exchange was arranged with Mr. Frank wood, whereby we received specimens from Alaska, Washington and New England for material from Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and New Mexico.


Mr. Eugene M. Chapman has loaned the Museum a beaded tobacco pouch from the Sioux.

Messrs. James K. and Elias Chesebro have given us a joint loan of a steatite amulet from Connecticut.

Dr. Ten Eyck Elmendorf has given the Museum a loan of a wampum belt.

A mooseskin coat and a quilled belt from Northwest Territory, Canada, has been loaned by Clayton W. Old.

An extensive loan has been deposited in the Museum by George W. Rehse, consisting mainly of material from the Oglala Sioux and the Chippewa.

Mr. Herbert A. Seymour has loaned the Museum two stone pipe blanks from Rhode Island.

The Director takes this opportunity to approve most heartily the action of the Board in passing a resolution prohibiting the Museum from accepting any more loans.


There has been added to the Museum collection during the past fiscal year 17,206 specimens, and there are now in the entire collection 117,650 catalogue entries - an increase during the year of 7,236.


The grographical card catalogue of physical specimens, the cranial part of which was reported last year, is now completed, also the cataloguing and recording of the remaining osseous material. A literary reference catalogue under the name of "Materiae Anthropologicae" was inaugurated and as far as possible kept up to date. It contains excerpts of fundamental scientific importance from standard works, and particularly from such works that are not easily accessible.

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The number of specimens now in the Physical Anthropological Department amounts of 850, being an increase during the fiscal year of 184 including specimens from San Nicholas Island and San Clemente Island California, Arkansas, Argentine, Mexico, Vancouver Island and the Arctic Region. Attention is brought to the fact that in storing the specimens, particularly the skulls, the question of space will become critical within a very short period, as the shelving at the present time is completely filled.

Courses in physical anthropology in connection with Columbia University have been held by Dr. Oetteking in the laboratory of the Department during the year.

New Publications from this Department have been filed with the following periodicals:

Oetteking, Bruno, 1923. On the fragment of a manual from San Nicholas Island, California. Journal of Dental Research.

Oetteking, Bruno, 1922. On morphological and configurative changes in artificially deformed skulls from the North Pacific Coast. Proceedings 20th International Congress of Americanists.

Oetteking, Bruno, 1923. On the morphological significance of cranio-vertebral variation. The Anatomical Record.

Another paper is being prepared for the "Indian Notes and Monographs" under the title of the "The Foramen Magnum and its Corelations in the Cranial Complex."


Hereto attached and submitted as a part hereof, is the Treasurer's report for the year ending April 1, 1923.

Respectfully submitted,

George G. Heye, Chairman,
Frederic K. Seward, Secretary.

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