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registration and preservation of the new additions, and the successful preservation of the locality labels, constitute a daily responsibility and labor.

The work in the Geological Department of the Museum has been continued during the year. Besides the registration and care of the miscellaneous accessions, the collections made by Dr. Rominger have been cleaned, investigated, and mounted upon

cards for exhibition in the cases. The work on the lithoLogical collections has made some progress, and portions of three duplicate suites, filling eight or ten boxes, are ready for exchange—the first series being always retained for the University.

An investigation of considerable interest and importance, and one occupying several weeks of time, has been made upon the collection of fossils from the Hamilton group of the western slope of the State. These have all been carefully worked out, labeled and placed on exhibition; and comprise some of the best preserved of our fossils. Not less than 61 of the species are ascertained to be new to science, and descriptions of them have been published to the scientific world. The elucidation of the geology of the northwestern slope of the peninsula, effected partly through the study of these organic remains, is the first geological exposition which has ever been made of that region. A copy of the published results I have the honor to communicate for the Board of Regents. Later investigation of these and other materials contained in the Museum, has led to the recognition of two new generic types among fossil corals-Idiostroma and Cænostroma-and the erection of a new family, Stromatoporide, to receive these and the related genus

Stromatopora. The credit of these results was secured to the University, in a paper read before the American Association for the Advancement of Science, at Buffalo.

Another investigation of some importance, the results of " which have been published during the year, is the specific de

termination of the more common fossils in the Drift of the ...southern portion of the peninsula. One disclosure made by these researches is the fact of a northward transportion of some of the Drift materials--a direction of translation quite the reverse of that to which the great mass of the Drift has been subjected. For the results of this investigation see the “ American Journal of Science," Vol. XL., P.

331. The Principal work done in the Botanical Collection has been to examine the Houghton Herbarium, alter the labels to adapt them to the present state of the science, and make out & catalogue of the specimens.

RECOMMENDATIONS.

While the extent of the operations which we have been enabled to carry on during the past year is a creditable commentary on the enlightened liberality of the Board of Regents, and no inconsiderable service rendered to the cause of education and the cause of science, it does not appear that the means placed at the disposal of this Department are more than commensurate with the most pressing demands of higher education, or with the efforts which other colleges and universities are making in furtherance of the interests of the same branches of science.

I would, therefore, respectfully recommend that some appropriation be made for further increasing the collections in geology during the ensuing year, either by the procuring of new specimens, or making part payment for the Rominger Collection, now on deposit.

I would also recommend the continuance of Mr. Coleman as Taxidermist, custodian and general assistant in the Museum; and I believe an arrangement to this effect may be made without creating any additional charges upon the University.

The means solicited by me last spring for the construction of additional cases to accommodate the geological specimens , and permit the continued transfer of the collection to the room destined for its reception, were, under the circumstances arising, employed in the zoological gallery. The want of new geological cases remains, therefore, ungupplied, and is even more pressing than before.

A cheap case of drawers is also needed for duplicate specimens.

A suitable case is required for the accommodation of our 18,000 specimens of dried plants, which are now kept partly in the general library, partly in my lecture room, and partly in my laboratory, while the Sager Herbarium has not yet been delivered for want of accommodations. A suitable case might cost $40.

A cabinet of glazed drawers is also needed for the accommodation of the collection of insects, which, for want of such accommodation, cannot be suitably exhibited nor effectaally preserved. When such a cabinet is provided, Mr. Austin stands ready to supply a very considerable collection of labeled specimens. Fifty dollars would fully meet the expense.

A rough, inclosed case should also be provided for the mounted birds selected for the use of students.

DEPARTMENT OF ETHNOLOGY AND RELICS.

The additions to this department have been as follows:

Prof. A. B. Prescott, M. D.-Photographic view of Jefferson ville, Ind., U. S. A. General Hospital, in rustic frame.

W. W. Spiers, Asst. Surg. 102d U. S. O. V.–Lithographic print of the Secession Ordinance of South Carolina, dated 20 December, 1860.

Brig. Gen. 0. L. Mann, Chicago-Boarding Pike, and a piece of Bombshell from Morris Island, before Charleston, during the siege.

The materials for this department are, for the present, accumulating slowly; and must continue to do so until some apartment can be assigned for their exhibition and preservation.

Should the lower room in the section of the Maseam building devoted to Art, be vacated, it would furnish suitable accommodations for materials of this character.

Respectfully submitted,

ALEX. WINCHELL,

Prof. Gheol. Zool. and Bot.

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SCHEDULE "A."

The names and number of Profossors, Instructors and other officers, and the compensation of each, are as follows:

Rev. Erastus O. Haven, D.D., LL. D., President of the University, and Professor of Logic and Political Economy; Balary $2,000.

Rev. George P. Williams, LL. D., Professor of Physics; salary, $ ,500.

Abram Sager, M. A., M. D., Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children; salary, $1,000.

Silas H. Douglas, M. A., M. D., Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, Pharmary and Toxicology; salary, $1,500.

Moses Gund, M. A., M. D., Professor of Surgery; salary, $1,000.

James R. Boise, M. A., Professor of the Greek Language and Literature; salary, $',500.

Alonzo B. Palmer, M. A., M. D, Professor of Pathology, the Practice of Medicine, and of Hygiene; salary, $1,500.

Alexander Wincbell, M. A., Professor of Geology, Zoology, and Botany; salary, $1,500.

Corydon L. Ford, M. A., M. D., Professor of Anatomy and Physiology; salary, $1,000.

Henry S. Frieze, M. A., Professor of the Latin Language and Literature; salary. $1,500.

Andrew D. White, M. A, Professor of History; salary, $1,500.

DeVolson Wood, C. E., M. A., Professor of Civil Engineering; salary, $1,500.

Hon. James V. Campbell, Marshal Professor of Law; salary, $1,000.

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