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Chicago Natural History Museum: Annual Report

Nature volume 158, pages 678679 (09 November 1946) | Download Citation



THE report for 1945 of the Chicago Natural Muse produced in magazine form and wel inustaajfced, is an attractive publication which ad attention. Its perusal gives one the first place, the impression that here is an institution which is strongly ‘public conscious’. In the second place, one is convinced that the Chicago Museum is happily succeeding in a great public service and that Chicago citizens, as a result, are ‘museum conscious’. The large number of volunteer workers (who have rendered valuable service both inside and outside the Museum), the large museum membership, and the long lists of donors and other benefactors shown in the report substantiates that conclusion. Further, if the status of a museum within a community can be judged from the financial support it receives, then that of the Chicago Museum stands high. Ideas as to the manner of the financial support proper to museums may differ, but however debatable that point may be, it is of considerable interest that the very active educational and research work taking place in this Museum is made possible by endowments and voluntary public subscriptions alone. In 1945 the Museum's income amounted to 601,796.85 dollars (of which 348,336.53 dollars accrued from endowment funds). In addition, there was the income of 16,609.88 dollars from the N.W. Harris Public School Extension endowment. Expenditure out of these sums amounted to 596,471.89 dollars and 16,727.49 dollars respectively.

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