Führer durch das Alpine Museum in München, by Hermann Bühler. 8 vo., 114 pages with illustrations. Munich: Berg- verlag Rudolf Rother, 1941.
Since 1938 Dr. Bühler has been director of the museum of the German Alpine Club, a project originated in 1909 and carried on by a membership which now is in excess of 200,000, the collections being amply housed in the three floors of an old exposition building on the Praterinsel in Munich. Space will not permit even a brief outline of the diversified fields here represented; indeed, it is a source of amazement to most mountaineers to note the tremendous realms of human knowledge engrafted on a once simple sport. Certainly, however, such a museum will be examined with interest and followed as a model by all clubs having a similar objective in view. The American Alpine Club, with this in mind, need have no misgivings as to its own potentialities provided the relative scale of membership be considered and the length of time required for its fulfillment. In fact, there is scarcely a field touched by the German museum whether it be in art, science or other subject, in which our own club does not have some few items which could serve as a nucleus. This is encouraging and presages much for our future. A museum requires financial backing; do not forget it.
J. M. T.