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An Introduction to Polynesian Anthropology

The University of Hawaii

The University of Hawaii

In 1920, a cooperative agreement was made with the University of Hawaii "whereby scientific research and the training of investigators may be promoted." This involved reciprocity in the use of libraries, laboratories, collections, and other research facilities. The Museum was to be the depository and curator of systematic collections and the University was to aid in collecting. The Museum was to aid in the publication of scientific papers originating in the University which fell within its field. Graduate students registered at the University were to be allowed to carry on research work at the Museum under the direction of members of the Museum staff.

For some years, the Museum provided part of the salaries of two professors at the University and they were thus on the staff of both institutions, giving lectures at the University and doing research work at the Museum. Later the University was able to provide the full salaries, but the positions on the Museum staff continued. University students under the direction of their professors have added materially to the collections of the Museum in the natural sciences. Scientific papers by members of the University staff and graduate students have been published by the Museum. Members of the Museum staff have given courses in anthropology at the University. Skeletal material collected by Dr. Bowles of the University staff and his students in physical anthropology has been deposited in the Museum, thereby building up what is undoubtedly the largest collection of Hawaiian skeletal material in the world. The cooperation between the two institutions has resulted in benefit to each and good to science in general.