Terry Collection

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The Robert J. Terry Anatomical Skeletal Collection is a collection of some 1,728 human skeletons held by the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA.[1]

It was created by Robert J. Terry (1871–1966) during his time as professor of anatomy and head of the Anatomy Department at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri from 1899 until his retirement in 1941. It was transferred to its present holders in 1967.[citation needed]

The collection is an important source for anthropological research because of the extensive documentation that accompanies each skeleton.[citation needed]


Hunt, D.R. and J. Albanese 2005 History and demographic composition of the Robert J. Terry Anatomical Collection. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 127:406-417.