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The curator of textiles, F. L. Lewton, furnished technical information on wool manufacture, Levers lace machines, and the working of embroidery jacquards, to the textile section of the Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Commerce. He also identi fied specimens of fiber for the United States Appraiser's Office, Treasury Department, and supplied a valuation report on a sample of raw silk produced in America, for the Bureau of Entomology, United States Department of Agriculture. Special information on industrial raw materials and the identification of specimens were furnished to several bureaus of the Government, and to numerous individuals, the identification of fibers, fabrics, gums, resins, seeds, and woods for individuals both in and out of the Government service continuing to be a part of the regular work. As heretofore, Mr. Lewton furnished the identification of cottons and cottonseeds introduced by the Office of Foreign Plant Introduction, United States Department of Agriculture, and to him were referred letters requesting information on silk and artificial silk received by various Federal departments. Three lots of material were received for identification and report.

In the division of graphic arts, the assistant curator, R. P. Tolman, rendered assistance in the identification of old paintings, miniatures, prints, books, especially Bibles, and newspapers both for institutions and individuals, including, among others, the Frick Art Reference Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both of New York City. Harry B. Wehle, assistant curator of paintings in the latter, was aided concerning miniatures, both in connection with the exhibit in that museum and with Mr. Wehle's new book on the subject. Information was also furnished individuals bringing objects in person for identification.

DISTRIBUTION AND EXCHANGE OF SPECIMENS

Distributions from the department of arts and industries and the division of history aggregated 6,041 specimens, as follows: Gifts in aid of education, 498; loans for special exhibitions elsewhere and for research or study purposes, 5,200; transferred to other Government establishments, 5; and returned to owners, 338.

The gifts included 491 Patent Office models relating to mechanical devices, which were donated to colleges, high schools, museums and other institutions under the terms of the act of Congress of February 13, 1925. Some 420 dental patent models not needed immediately for display in the National Museum were lent, 419 to Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York City, and 1 to the Northwestern University Dental School, Chicago, Ill. The other loans were chiefly for exhibition purposes and comprised mainly the traveling loan exhibits of the division of graphic arts.

NUMBER OF SPECIMENS UNDER DEPARTMENT

The total number of specimens in the department of arts and industries and the division of history on June 30, 1927, was 447,166 assigned as follows:

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LIST OF ACCESSIONS TO THE COLLECTIONS DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1926-27

(EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE INDICATED, THE SPECIMENS WERE PRESENTED OR WERE TRANSFERRED BY BUREAUS OF THE GOVERNMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW)

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AGRICULTURE, DEPT.-Continued. Bureau of Biological Survey-Con. skeletons of birds (92326); 11 skeletons of birds from Arizona and Nevada and 11 raven eggs from Oregon (92541); eggs and larvae of land crabs collected at the Bureau of Fisheries Station, Key West, Fla., by Philip R. Stephenson, acting superintendent; 10 land crabs and 26 vials containing eggs and young, being material that was used in land crab experiments at the fisheries biological laboratory, at Key West, Fla., during the month of September, 1926 (92549, 95393); 3 eggs of a curassow laid by a captive bird at Sapelo Island, Ga. (92860); 73 reptiles and batrachians including specimens from Florida, Nevada, and Mexico (92955); 96 specimens of lichens collected in Alaska by L. J. Palmer (92994); young yellow-crowned night heron and 2 basket stars from Florida (93495, 94936); 3 fossil bison bones, 25 specimens of lichens, and 2 skeletons of birds from Alaska (94103, 94384, 94585); (through W. L. McAtee) plant from South Dakota (94256); 8 skeletons of birds from the eastern United States (94371); 9 snakes, 1 turtle, 1 toad, and 2 alligators (94486); 211 plants collected in Alaska by Messrs. Palmer and Miller (94741); 187 reptiles and amphibians from Guatemala (95673); skeleton and skin of 2 birds and 640 mammals (96293, 96941).

AGRICULTURE, DEPT.-Continued. Bureau of Entomology (through E. A. McGregor, Lindsay, Calif.) 30 specimens of undetermined insects (92595); 12 isopods collected by Dr. S. C. Bruner, Santiago, Cuba (92952); 85 specimens of determined coleopterous larvae (93547); (through F. C. Bishopp) 6 specimens of flies (94391); crab collected by James Zetek on Barro Colorado Island, Canal Zone (94781); 19,373 miscellaneous insects (97143).

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Harned.) Bureau of Entomology, Bee-Culture Laboratory, Somerset, Md.: Colony of 3-banded Italian bees, samples of honey, beekeeping supplies, and photographs on the subject of beekeeping (93490). Federal Horticultural Board: 4 land shells from New Orleans, La. (92352); isopod from China, land shell from Honduras, and tree frog from South Carolina (92353); 43 isopods (92365, 92453, 93583, 96308, 96616); 3 land shells and an isopod from Jamaica (92386, 92865); 16 land shells from the West Indies and Germany (92399); 3 isopods from Cuba (92535); milliped from Java (92602); lizard from banana débris and pupa and larva of a dipterous insect (92603); isopod from the Philippine Islands, and 2 shells from Costa Rica (92789); gecko from Costa Rica (93175); shell and 2 insects from China (92824, 93173); mollusk from New England (92866); 4 isopods collected at Rosemont, Montgomery County, Pa. (92976); 4 land shells from the Azores and Switzerland, and an isopod from the Azores (93199); 4 land shells from Australia, and 7 isopods from India (93202); 2

AGRICULTURE, DEPT.-Continued. Federal Horticultural Board Con. isopods from France, and 4 mollusks from England and Nova Scotia (93259); isopod from Holland, 1 from France, and 5 from China (93393); 2 isopods from Holland and 2 land shells from Costa Rica (93438); mollusk from Mexico (93832); 14 mollusks from France, Porto Rico, England, and Germany (93844, 94343); isopod from the Philippine Islands (94357); frog from Savannah, Ga. (94499); 16 land shells and slugs from Europe, and 11 isopods from India (94504); 10 amphipods, 1 isopod and 4 mollusks (94600); mollusk from Brazil (94748); mollusk from Bermuda and a lizard from Honduras (95186); 2 slugs from the Azores (95545); 2 slugs and a snail from Ireland (95678, 96097); 4 isopods from Costa Rica and Holland and a mollusk from Ireland (95759); 4 land mollusks from England and Spain and 3 isopods from Italy (95898); 5 slugs and snails from Europe and a myriapod (96902); 8 land mollusks from England, Hungary, and Cuba, and 9 isopods from England (96067); 7 land shells from the West Indies, Bermuda, and Central America, also 1 land planarian from Bermuda (96446); slug from Germany (96807). Forest Service: Type specimen of

plant from California (94581); 16 posters for use in exhibit arranged for American forest week (96300); (through H. R. Kylie) campfire model and 6 colored bromides of forest scenes for exhibition during American forest week (96301, loan); photograph of a multiple cone from shortleaf pine (96863); plant from Oregon 97068).

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