In 1952, a survey of important private collections of Hawaiian artifacts was made on Kauai by Miss Mary Stacey of Honolulu, a member of Dr. Kenneth Emory’s class in anthropology at the University of Hawaii.
Among the private collections surveyed by Miss Stacey, under the supervision of Dr. Emory, were those of Eric Knudsen, Hector Moir, Elsie Wilcox, Mabel Wilcox, William Moragne, L. E. Miller, Paul Rice, William Goodwin, and the Walter McBryde collection at the Kauai Public Library.
Miss Stacey’s survey encompassed locating, cataloguing, labeling, photographing, sketching and measuring roughly 2,000 Hawaiian artifacts, after which copies of her survey were sent to Bishop Museum, the Kauai Historical Society and the collectors.
One outstanding artifact surveyed was a spear-like object belonging to Eric Knudsen, which Dr. Emory identified as a bow used in archery. Dr. Emory explained that the Hawaiians never used the bow and arrow in warfare, but had developed skill in its use for killing rats.
Knudsen also possessed a wooden idol given to him by his father, Valdemar Knudsen, in 1853, which had been rescued and hidden under mats by a caretaker after Kaahumanu (1768-1832) had ordered all the idols in Hawaii destroyed in 1819.
Another artifact surveyed was a stone carved bowl dug up in a taro patch at Hanalei in the 1940s by John Hanohano Pa, the use of which could not be determined, according to Dr. Emery.
A stick of hardwood, with two sets of holes used to hold steamers of tapa, which was used as an offering stick stuck into the floor of a heiau, was surveyed as well, as was a maile wand with a needle-like slot in the end through which strips of dog hide dangled that was utilized by the masters of ceremonies who directed the games of ancient Hawaiians.
Following graduate work in anthropology at the University of Hawaii, Miss Stacey joined Bishop Museum, and in 1957, she married Dr. Charles S. Judd Jr. in Honolulu.
During the 1960s, Dr. and Mrs. Judd and their children lived in Samoa, where Dr. Judd practiced medicine.