Full text: papers communicated to the first International Eugenics Congress held at the University of London, July 24th to 30th, 1912

460Appendix.Wagenen. PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE 
EUGENIC SECTION OF THE AMERICAN BREEDERS’ ASSOCIA­ 
TION TO STUDY AND TO REPORT ON THE BEST PRACTICAL 
MEANS FOR CUTTING OFF THE DEFECTIVE GERM-PLASM 
IN THE HUMAN POPULATION. 
By Bleecker Van Wagenen, Chairman of Committee. 
1.—History of the American Breeders Association, Eugenics Section, and 
Committee on Defective Germ-plasm. 
The American Breeders Association was organized in 1903 for the 
purpose of bringing together practical breeders, experimenters, investigators, 
and teachers interested in the subject of breeding, for the advancement of 
the science of genetics. Its headquarters are in Washington, D. C., and 
its President is the Hon. James Wilson, Secretary of the Department of Agri­ 
culture, and member of the President’s Cabinet. The association has three 
sections : plants, animals, and Eugenics. The Eugenics Section has now 
ten research committees, each comprised of eminent specialists, as follows :— 
Committee on Heredity of Feeble-mindedness. 
Committee on Heredity of Insanity. 
Committee on Heredity of Epilepsy. 
Committee on Heredity of Criminality. 
Committee on Heredity of Deafmutism. 
Committee on Heredity of Eye Defects. 
Committee on Immigration. 
Committee on Sterilization and other means of Eliminating Defective 
Germ-plasm. 
Committee on Genealogy. 
Committee on Inheritance of Mental Traits. 
The Eugenics Record Office, located at Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 
under the direction of Dr. C. B. Davenport, of the Carnegie Station for 
Experimental Evolution, is closely affiliated with the Eugenics Section. 
The purposes of this office, of which Prof. H. H. Laughlin is Superin­ 
tendent, are : 
1. To serve as a clearing house for data on human heredity. 
2. To build up an index of the American population, recording families, 
traits, and their geographical distribution, with special reference to 
super-normal and sub-normal traits. 
3. To train field workers expert in gathering data of Eugenic import. 
4. To maintain a field force actively engaged in collecting such data.
        

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