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How Tyrannosaurus rex Came to Pittsburgh

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

Department of Palaeontology:
Walter Granger, D.Sc., Curator of Fossil Mammals
Barnum Brown, Sc.D., Curator of Fossil Reptiles
G. G. Simpson, PhD, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology
Edwin H. Colbert, PhD, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology
Harold E. Vokes, PhD, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology
Rachel Husband Nichols, A.M., Staff Assistant
William K. Gregory, PhD, D.Sc., Research Associate
Charles C. Mook, PhD, Research Associate
Otto H. Haas, PhD, LL.D., Research Associate in Palaeontology

November 6, 1941

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

Dear Dr. Avinoff:

In reply to your letter of November 4th, it will be perfectly satisfactory for you to send the initial payment of three thousand dollars, with the balance of four thousand dollars to be sent before the first of June, 1942, in payment for the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

In reply to the letter from Mr. John Clark of November 4th, I am enclosing a list of the boxes and contents, with cubical measurements in inches of each box and its corresponding weight.

We are getting together the data for this specimen and will have it ready to include with the shipment.

Please be sure to advise us when the truck may be expected and I would suggest that it should reach here before noon on some week day, and not on Saturday or a holiday.

As ever,
Sincerely yours,
Barnum Brown

Encl.

  Measurement Weight
Box 1 Vert. 36 x 27 x 21 150
Box 2 Vert. 36 x 36 x 32 200
Box 3 Ribs 48 x 48 x 14 220
Box 4 L. Bones 50 x 32 x 22 440
Box 5 Vert. 53 x 21 x 20 165
Box 6 Vert. 60 x 25 x 26 325
Box 7 Vert. 42 x 27 x 27 230
Box 8 Jaws 56 x 24 x 24 370
Box 9 L. Femur 56 x 24 x 16 210
Box 10 R. Femur 56 x 24 x 16 310
Crate 1 Pelvis 66 x 50 x 38 1000
Crate 2 Feet, etc. 40 x 36 x 36 425
Crate 3 Skull 60 x 32 x 42 435
Crate 4 Vert. 45 x 28 x 32 335
Crate 5 Pubis 60 x 32 x 32 435
4 cartons vert, etc. 58 x 22 x 36 230
Base for Pelvis 88 x 76 x 13 500
Irons for pelvis   380
 
Total:
6360

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