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Harry Laughlin and Charles Davenport, ca. 1913

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In 1910, Davenport obtained funds from Mrs. E.H. Harriman to found a Eugenics Record Office (ERO) at Cold Spring Harbor. Davenport recruited as superintendent Harry Laughlin, a Missouri school superintendent with whom he shared an interest in chicken breeding. The ERO became the epicenter of American eugenics - conducting family studies, publishing "how to" books and journals, training case workers, and amassing hundreds of thousands of pedigrees and articles. (DNAi location: Chronicle > Threat of the Unfit > Founders)
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15784. Charles Davenport, 1925
Charles Davenport was director of the Station for Experimental Evolution at Cold Spring Harbor when he obtained a gift from Mrs. E.H. Harriman to establish the Eugenics Record Office (ERO).
15786. Charles Davenport, about 1900
Charles Davenport was director of the Station for Experimental Evolution at Cold Spring Harbor when he obtained a gift from Mrs. E.H. Harriman to establish the Eugenics Record Office (ERO).
15723. Harry Laughlin and Charles Davenport
Harry Laughlin and Charles Davenport outside the Eugenics Record Office, about 1913.
15740. Eugenics Record Office
The Eugenics Record Office in Cold Spring Harbor was established by Charles Davenport.
10423. Charles Davenport letter to Mrs. E.H. Harriman about Eugenics Record Office (9/11/1910)
Charles Davenport letter to Mrs. E.H. Harriman about Eugenics Record Office (9/11/1910)
15783. Eugenics Record Office field training class on field trip
Under Harry Laughlin's direction, the ERO became the epicenter of the American eugenics movement, amassing hundreds of thousands of family pedigrees, case studies, and indexed records. The ERO sponsored summer courses to train aspiring eugenics caseworker
15787. Cover of the 1910 publication Eugenics, by Charles Davenport
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10500. H. Laughlin's first letter to C. Davenport, about breeding chickens
H. Laughlin's first letter to C. Davenport, about breeding chickens
15431. Charles Davenport's motivation for eugenics, James Watson
James Watson talks about Charles Davenport's motivation for eugenics.
15737. Charles Davenport, about 1929
Davenport published the classical description of the inheritance of eye color in 1907 and also did creditable studies of the genetics of albinism and neurofibromatosis.
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