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The publications issued and distributed in 1925, and not including "Indian Notes" for January, 1926, comprise 1,291 pages of text, 246 plates, and 239 text figures. The four numbers of the quarterly Indian Notes issued during 1925 contain forty-nine articles, in addition to brief notes respecting the activities of the Museum, and lists of accessions. Not yet having been delivered, further reference to Dr. Lothrop's memoir on the "Pottery of Costa Rica and Nicaragua" will be made in the next annual report.


The Museum's collection of negatives, covering most of the important specimens therein, as well as field pictures of Indians and illustrations of differen archeological excavations, have been materially augmented this past year; and additions have also been made to our collection of prints.

There has been no additional work done in the way of moving pictures, the collection of films remaining the same. 

The collection consisnts of:

Moving picture film, negative.......... 8,550 feet
Moving picture film, positive.......... 27,323 feet
Negatives (an increase of 1,310 
  during the year)..................... 10,969
Prints, of which the Museum does
 not own the negatives (an increase
 of 1,024 during the year).............. 7,583


An exchange was made with the Bergen County Historical Society, Hackensack, New Jersey, whereby we received a copy of a book entitled "The Aborigines of Minnesota", a most valuable addition to our library, for a mortar from New Jersey. 

This past year an exchange was consummated with the La Plata Museum, La Plata, Arhentine. Just one year before that (in December, 1924) we sent that institution a large collection of material from Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentine, in exchange for an equally extensive collection of specimens from Argentine and Uruguay. This latter collection of specimens reached the Museum in December, 1925.

The Public Museum of Midwaukee, Wisconsin, sent us a collection of artifacts made by the Stockbridge (Mahican) Indians of New York State, but collected in Wisconsin where a remnant of this tribe now lives; also some specimens from the Brothertown Indians in Wisconsin. In return we sent that institution a collection of artifacts from Paraguay.

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An exchange was negotiated with the Rochester Municipal Museum, whereby we received a quilled deerskin bag from the Delaware Indians of Pennsylvania, for various ethnological specimens from the United States and Canada.

In January, 1926 this institution sent about sixty archeological specimens from Costa Rica and Peru to Senor Ministro de Fomento, Palacio Nacional, San Salvador, Salvador, in exchange for permission from that office to export archeological and ethnological speciments from that country. The permission was granted in May, 1924.

In November, 1924 the University Mayor of San Marcos, Lima, Pery, received for exghange from this Museum a large collection of pottery frov Ecuador. This exchange was not consummated until December, 1925, when we received in return a collection of pottery from Peru.

Mr. Harry Vacher gave to this institution a banner-stone from New York State, in exchange for a pair of moccasins from the Sioux Indians of South Dakota.
The Museum received a Hupa Indian head-dress of deerskin decorated with fur, feathers, and painted design, from Mr. J. W. Strait, Brookkyn, N. Y., in exchange for a pair of moccasins from the Oglala Sioux.


There have been added to the Museum collections during the past fiscal year 21,952 specimens; and there are now in the entire collection 146,605 catalogue entries - an increase during the year of 9,432.


The routine of the department was carried on in the usual way.

New accessions to the collections during the past year consist in skulls and bones from Clarke County, Washington, the skulls deformed in the Chinook fashion; of the Mandans of North Dakota; from a cemetery near Lima, and from Parachacamac, Peru; and from Museum excacation site of Pueblo Grande de Nevada, not mentioned in last year's report. The department is also the receiver of a present of a mounted infant skeleton in an exceptionally fine state of preservation.

The first volume entitled: Craniology, of the curator's studies upon the much noted skeletal remains from Santa Barbara, California (1924-25), appeared last fall as No. 39 in the "Indian Notes and Monographs". The second volume treating of the osteology of the same find is well under way.

The curator attended the meeting of the American Anthropological Association at New Haven, Conn., during Christmas week 1925, reading a

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