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|Charles Davenport letter to Lucien Howe, about prizes for eugenic studies of Nordic races
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|American Philosophical Society,
ERO, MSC77,SerX,Box2: Harry H. Laughlin
Eugenics Research Association
Sixteenth Annual Meeting, American Museum of Natural History,
School Services Building, 77th Street and Central Park West, New York City, Saturday, June 2, 1928
President Until June 1928
Secretary-Treasurer Until June 1928
Harry H. Laughlin
Until June, 1928
Charles B. Davenport
Frank L. Babbott
Until June, 1929
Mrs. Wortham James
Charles W. Burr
Until June, 1930
Clarence G. Campbell
Frederick L. Hoffman
Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, N.Y.
May 7, 1928.
Dr. Lucien Howe,
45 Common Street,
Dear Dr. Howe,
In the absence of Dr. Laughlin, I am writing to inform you that Col. W. P. Draper has offered $5,000 to the Eugenics Research Association to establish prizes for (1) a study of the facts relating to relative fecundity of Nordic and other races; (2) if it appears that the Nordics are inferior in fecundity in comparison with other races, then additional prizes to be given for essays as to causes and prevention of this result.
Do you approve of the acceptance of this gift? If so, do you have any suggestions in regard to the best method of proceeding to carry out its purposes?
Enclosed I am sending suggestions as to an announcement of prizes, based upon the following procedure: (1) Offer prizes totaling $2,400 for the best essays relating to the first question, and (2) later, if answer to first question warrants such action, offer prizes of $2,400 on causes and prevention.
The suggestion is made that we offer a first prize of $1,000 to American authors, also a second prize of $200 to each respectively, retaining $100 on account of expenses in securing and reading the prize essays. The second prize, if announced, would be announced in similar terms to the first. Please return the announcement with any suggestions.
Charles B. Davenport.
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