Natural History of the Human Race
Objects providing narratives about the cultures of foreign peoples and the
"Natural History of the Human Race" were also collected. The important donations from Baron von Asch (1729–1808) included works on ethnographica as well as books from the Russian and Asian territories. The objects from the Cook-Forster Collection were compiled by Johann Reinhold Forster (1729–1798) and his son Georg Forster (1754 –1794) during James Cook's (1728–1779) third voyage around the world. Ethnographica, a hitherto unprecedented holding of any European museums, created the necessity for an entirely new organisational system. Its implementation marked the founding of the discipline of ethnology at Göttingen University.