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Mexican masks in storage


Ales HrdlickaDuring his professional career, Aleš Hrdlička (1869-1943) amassed a collection of reprints, single series publications, manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, pamphlets and catalogs covering various subjects in anthropology, primarily physical anthropology.  The publications span over 100 years, starting in the early 1820s. Several languages are represented, including French, German, Czech, Bulgarian, Chinese, and Japanese, among others. Due to the international scope and rarity of these publications, some may be the only extant copies in the United States.

Hrdlička organized the boxes by topic in physical anthropology, such as skeletal elements, pathology, body section, ethnic and ancestral groups (e.g. China,  Mongolians, fossil man in Europe) or his specific research interests, such as head deformation, early man in Americas, growth, and trephanation.

The first 441 containers of the library were indexed by Dr. Lucile St. Hoyme in the 1950s. She created two files of 3 x 5 index cards: one by author, the other by major subject or keyword. Each card listed the number of the box in which the item was stored.

Recently, Ms. Lara McCormick copied all of these index cards into a spreadsheet to facilitate searches by title, author, subject, key words and/or publication.  This list is a work in progress, so some data entry errors and typos remain. Please notify Dr. David Hunt of any errors found on this list.



This collection is housed in the physical anthropology lab at NMNH, and is available for use by researchers. Contact Dr. Hunt for an appointment.

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