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Office models which had been in storage since 1908. Approximately 155,000 models, covering the period from about 1824 to 1895, were examined and several thousand of historical and educational value were retained for the Museum. After the models which had been claimed by the original inventors or their legal heirs had been set aside for return to them, several hundred more were selected for deposit in various educational institutions in compliance with numerous requests which had been made to the National Museum and the Patent Office. The remaining models were turned over to the General Supply Committee of the Treasury Department for sale or condemnation, according to the regulations.

The Museum also assisted the Federal Trade Commission through William N. Watkins, assistant curator, section of wood technology, who was subpoenaed by the commission to give testimony at a hearing on the question of the use of the term "Philippine mahogany," by the Indiana Quartered Oak Co. The labeling of the wood specimens in the Museum played an important part in the decision.

The United States Patent Office made frequent reference to the collections and to the technical books in the office of the curator of textiles for data in passing on the claims of inventors. Numerous visitors in search of special information suggested by the exhibits made particular use of the technical books on textiles, woods, and drugs in the sectional libraries. The curator and assistant curators furnished special information on industrial raw materials and the identification of specimens to several bureaus of the Department of Agriculture. The identification of specimens of fibers and fabrics, gums, resins, seeds, and woods for individuals both in and out of the Government service continued to be a part of the regular work. Mr. Lewton, as heretofore, furnished the identification of cottons and cottonseeds introduced by the Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction and Distribution, United States Department of Agriculture, and to him were referred letters requesting information on silk and artificial silk received by various Federal departments. Six lots of material were received for identification and report.

R. P. Tolman, curator of graphic arts, gave assistance at the United States Capitol in various matters relating to the preservation of paintings and data about artists, and to the State Department in connection with the installation of its exhibit for the Sesquicentennial. The Washington Loan Exhibition Committee of the National Gallery of Art was aided in many ways, particularly as to location, identification, and other information regarding American miniatures. Miniatures were also identified for private individuals.

The division of history in a number of instances rendered assistance to the Department of Agriculture in the preparation of the depart

ment's historical films, and to private individuals seeking historical data. Some 36 lots of material were received for examination and report by the division.


Distributions from the department of arts and industries and the division of history aggregated 5,167 specimens, as follows: Gifts in aid of education, 89; exchanges, 30; loans for special exhibitions elsewhere and for research or study purposes, 4,948; transferred to other Government establishments, 6; returned to owners, 93; and returned to donor, 1.

The gifts included 38 old Patent Office models, 40 specimens of wood, 5 samples of foreign fibers, 3 specimens of cotton and cottonseeds, 2 samples of chemical substances from the Loeb collection of chemical types, and 1 antiquarian specimen. The exchanges for which other material has been or will be received comprised samples of wood. The loans were chiefly for exhibition rather than for study purposes and included some 4,100 specimens representing the 55 displays throughout the country of the special traveling exhibits illustrating graphic-art processes; 71 pictorial photographs exhibited in New York City; 136 portraits of noted Americans and 6 boat models now on exhibition in Atlantic City; 309 die proofs of United States postage stamps exhibited in the Washington Public Library; besides a number of boat models, prints, and other specimens withdrawn for exhibition by other Government establishments at Philadelphia. Other loans more strictly for study or research work included wood, textile, and graphic-art specimens. The returned-to-owner specimens were historical objects which had been in the Museum for some time as loans and were withdrawn during the year by their owners or duly qualified representatives.


The total number of specimens in the department of arts and industries and the division of history on June 30, 1926, was 434,212, assigned as follows:

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ABBOT, Dr. C. G., Smithsonian Institution: 4 specimens of land shells from Mount Brukkaros, Southwest Africa (91765).

ABBOTT, Dr. WILLIAM L., Northeast, Md.: 493 bird skins from western Siam and from Siberut and Sipora Islands, in the Mentawei group, west Sumatra (87965); 165 ethnological specimens from the same islands (91771).

ABRAMS, Prof. LE ROY, Stanford University, California: Plant from California (91382).

ABREU, M. ELIAS SANTOS, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands (through Dr. David Fairchild, U. S. Department of Agriculture): 64 plants from the Canary Islands (90599).

ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES, Philadelphia, Pa.: 17 mineral specimens from Chile and Bolivia (89605, exchange); 10 minerals from Greenland (89759); 2 plants (91845, exchange); (through Morgan Hebard) 12 katydids (92316).


Young spiny lobster from Key West (88493).

ADKINS, W. S. (See under Cia Mex

icana Holandesa la Corona.) AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF: Bureau of Agricultural Economics:

12 specimens of mollusks (88475).

Bureau of Animal Industry: 14 worms collected in Alaska (89996).

Bureau of Biological Survey: 2894 birds skins from Argentina and Porto Rico, (87927); approx


imately 25 specimens of mollusks from the State of Washington and 4 centipeds (88014); 62 plants, 2 skeletons, 2 nests, and 12 eggs of birds, all from Florida (88032, 88039); 55 skeletons of birds (89680, 89915, 92151, 92300); 11 specimens representing types of 11 undesscribed species of bees (88124); 9 shotguns (88143); specimen of starling from Virginia (88604); 2 specimens of cacti collected in Arizona by E. A. Goldman; also 2 lots of mollusks (88718); skin of a plover from Argentina (88771); 6 specimens of lice from muskrats from Louisiana; also 2 sets (10 specimens) of bird eggs from Louisiana (88858, 90709); 5 parasitic isopods collected at Morgan City, La., by Arthur Svihla (88906); (through Vernon Bailey) fish from the south end of Waterton Lake, Glacier National Park (89995); 98 plants, 5 sets of bird eggs, and 89 lichens, all from Alaska (89654, 91269, 91318); reptiles and amphibians from Minnesota (90600); 7 isopods from Telemanoe, Panama (91903); 878 mammals (92369).

(See also under Prof. W. J. Hoxie.)

Bureau of Entomology: 10,000 specimens, representing 2,000 species of Microlepidoptera (84490); (through E. E. Russell) 1,763 unidentified insects collected in northern Texas

AGRICULTURE, DEPT. OF-Contd. Bureau of Entomology-Contd.

(88984); 11 mollusks from Perry County, Ala. (89018); land snail, 14 amphipods, and 6 isopods from Florida (89639, 90,404); 400 additional specimens of the Fernald type collection of insects (89762); 2,432 miscellaneous insects (90355); 78 lepidopterous larvæ representing 18 determined species (90701); (through H. A. Jaynes, Shanghai, China) 70 flies collected in China (90453); 8 specimens of buprestid beetles representing 2 species (90823); (through Japanese Beetle Laboratory, Riverton, N. J.) 86 specimens of fossorial Hymenoptera (90507); (through H. E. Burke, Pacific Slope Laboratory) 2 beetles (90944); 15,934 miscellaneous insects retained from material received for identification during the fiscal year 1925-1926 (92367).


Federal Horticultural Board: 3 isopods and 4 myriapods from France (87478, 88507); 2 shells from France (88220); 2 isopods from France and 1 from Japan (88710); 2 mollusks France and Cuba, and 1 lizard from Honduras (89582); 4 specimens, 2 species, of mollusks from France and Spain (91432); 4 isopods from China, and 6 freshwater mollusks from Nanking, China (87916, 89533, 91835); approximately 63 mollusks and 3 isopods from Bizerta, Africa, and 1 worm from Germany; mollusk from Germany; 3 specimens of mollusks from Germany and Madeira Islands; 2 specimens of land shells from Germany (87911, 87917, 87929, 90648); amphipod (87975); crab and a frog from Kingston, Jamaica, and a centipede, tarantula, and lizard from Cuba (87990); frog from Cuba


Federal Horticultural Board-Con. (88068); mollusk and a gecko from Jamaica (88071, 88957); 3 mollusks from Ireland and 3 isopods from the Madeira Islands and Ireland (87988); 2 lizards from Costa Rica (88100, 88605); 47 mollusks, 2 isopods, and a plant from Turks Island (88121, 88237); 7 mollusks (88487); 8 isopods from Holland, snail from London, and an isopod from China (88794, 88859, 88918, 88943, 89026); 7 isopods (88891); 2 land shells and a mollusk from Louisiana (89289, 90477); 7 fresh-water mollusks from Spain and Germany, 2 isopods from Holland and China (89326); 8 terrestrial slugs from Chile (89543); 4 isopods from England, 3 mollusks from Germany and Holland, and 2 lizards from Guatemala (89764); isopod from the Azores (89783); 25 mollusks from Mexico, Egypt, Japan, and Germany, 1 isopod from Italy, and 3 from Mexico (89826); mollusk (90363); 16 mollusks from Jamaica and Holland and 3 isopods from Jamaica (90472) ; 92 land mollusks from South Carolina and Mexico (90498); 3 frogs from Florida (90630); 2 lizards from Honduras, a mollusk from Italy, and 3 shells from India (90790); 3 isopods and 3 crabs from South Africa and Hawaii (90798); 2 freshwater shells from England and an isopod from Cuba (90822); lizard from Mexico (91287); 4 land shells, 3 species, from Greece and the Azores and an isopod from England (91310); 2 land shells from Italy (91368); 2 land shells from Italy and 2 isopods from South Carolina (91663); 3 isopods from Argentina and 1 from Ja

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