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Suggested Citation:"Financial Support." National Research Council. 1929. Final Report of the Committee on Scientific Problems of Human Migration: Report and Circular Series of the National Research Council. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9560.
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Scientific Pro bleats of Hannah Migration: wissier 7 they might be expected to point the way to inquiries of a fundamental nature. In respect to psychological and biological investigations, the Com- mittee decided to place emphasis upon problems in the selection of in- dividual immigrants according to potential adaptability. Had it been felt that the methods available were adequate for a preliminary survey of immigrant groups, the procedure recommended would have been much the same as for social and economic projects. On the contrary, the Committee decided to give no encouragement to such lines of inquiry in psychology and biology, but to concentrate upon the methodology of the procedure. In a more strictly biological field, especially in anthropometry, it was believed that the methods at hand were sufficiently developed for in- quiries into the effect of environment and crossing upon bodily size and proportion; on the other hand, something more seemed desirable in the use of qualitative characters, and in improvements in methods for estimat- ing and recording them. Under this head was included blood grouping, as a possible diagnostic character. Finally, the recommendation of the biological committee with respect to statistical technique was fully approved. Returning again to matters of general policy, the Committee con- sidered its probable tenure too short to plan for a highly coordinated research, or to expect that research on the problems it believed most urgent could be brought to a high level of completion and thus present a unified contribution on the subject of human migration. Rather, it was conceived that the stimulus and encouragement given to individual in- vestigators would thereby enrich the work under way, and when the Committee should cease to function, would leave behind in a number of research centers an interest in the subject, promising a renewed inde- pendent series of investigations. Further, and in keeping with this policy, no plans were made for a series of publications in which the researches supported by the Committee would appear; on the contrary, it was de- cided that each investigator should be left largely to his own devices in making the results of his studies available. FINANCIAL SUPPORT In November, ~922, the National Research Council received a grant of $5000 from the Russell Sage Foundation to finance the administrative work of the Committee and to assist in initiating its program. From this fund were financed the preliminary conferences and Committee meetings, as well as the clerical and office expenses incurred by the Chairman.

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