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Committee for Ethnographic Investigation of the White Race in the United States
Whereas: the influence which the environment of the New World has exerted upon the physical and mental development of the White Race, is a question of the utmost scientific and practical importance; and
Whereas: there appears to be no governmental or scientific bureau which is giving the study of this subject attention at the present time; therefore
Resolved: That the American Association for the Advancement of Science appoint a committee to organize an Ethnographic Investigation of the White Race in the United States, with special reference to the influence exerted upon it in its new surroundings, said committee to report annually to the Association.
[AAAS Council appointed D.G. Brinton, J. McKeen Cattell, W.W. Newell, W.J. McGee, and Franz Boas to serve on this committee.]
[Adopted by the AAAS Council, August 1896.]