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Jan. 30, 1961

Rev. Warner Sizemore
East Whiteland Presbyterian Church
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Dear Mr. Sizemore:

Your letter of Jan. 16 has been referred to me for reply. We have never received any request from Dr. Albert Einstein for material from our Egyptian collection for use in Radio Carbon analysis. We did, however, in 1947 provide samples from various periods of Egyptian civilization, including the New Kingdom, for analysis by Dr. Willard Libby and his colleagues of the Institute for Nuclear Studies at the University of Chicago.

As I understand it, the contamination which has occurred in the process of handling, exhibiting and storing Museum objects does not allow for an accurate reading of their date in Radio Carbon tests.

  Virginia Burton
  Curatorial Assistant
  Department of Egyptian Art
  Metropolitan Museum of Art
  New York City