How Tyrannosaurus rex Came to Pittsburgh

The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, N.Y.

Department of Vertebrate Palaeontology
Barnum Brown, Sc.D., Curator of Fossil Reptiles

January the ninth
Nineteen hundred and forty-one

Dr. A. Avinoff, Director
Carnegie Museum
Pittsburgh, Penna.

Dear Dr. Avinoff:-

During the Christmas holidays Mr. Kay, and later Mr. Prentice, stopped to see us and Kay especially was much interested in the possibility of securing a mountable skeleton of Tyrannosaurus which, I think, the American Museum could sell. The matter, of course, would have to be taken up with, and permission secured from the Trustees; however, this would be the second step, as I see it.

Now, I have a lecture at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, on February 20th, which is a Thursday night, and I am wondering if you could not take a lecture at the Carnegie Museum, on dinosaurs, on February 16th or 23rd, at which time we could discuss the Tyrannosaurus matter at length. Possibly if these two Sundays are filled you might be able to shift any lecture schedules on one of those days. We need not go into the honorarium for anything that you would give would be acceptable.

Under separate cover I am sending my lecture folder which outlines "A New Dinosaur Kingdom," but for this lecture the title should be "Dinosaurs" as it would cover all previous work relating to dinosaurs including latest discoveries made in Texas at the close of 1940. This work is also richly illustrated with colored lantern slides and motion pictures, providing a lantern slide, 35mm. and 16 mm. projectors can be supplied. The 35 mm. film will show most of the previous work and the 16mm. film is of Kodachrome motion pictures taken last year.

I do, however, feel that it is most important for us to discuss the Tyrannosaurus matter.

Very sincerely yours,
Barnum Brown

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