||National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland, MD 20746
|| (301) 238-2883
|| Robert Leopold, Director
|Internet Catalog Address:
|Hours of Service:
|Tuesday through Thursday
||9:00 a.m.--4:30 p.m.
|Open to the public:
||By appointment only; appointments can be made by submitting
an appointment request form at http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/about.htm#visiting.
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are accepted although
written requests are preferred. International calls cannot be
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Not a lending institution.
- Background Note:
- The National Anthropological Archives, organized in 1968 in
the Department of Anthropology of the Smithsonian Institution's
National Museum of Natural History, is the successor to the archives
of the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) founded in 1879. Its
purpose is to serve as the depository for the Department's records
and to collect private papers and records of organizations relating
to all cultures of the world and to the history of anthropology.
Since the BAE was primarily interested in North American Indians,
the NAA is an important source for the study of American Indians.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- NAA is primarily a manuscript collection. The papers are arranged
by office or person of origin not by subject. While there is information
on world religions, it is not accessed by subject. Highlights
include anthropology and world cultures which would include mythology,
religion and folklore.
There are a variety of in-house finding aids to the manuscript
collections as well as The Guide to the National Anthropological
Archives by James Glenn.
- Maps covering anthropology are available along with finding
aids to assist in their use.
Glenn. James R. Guide to the National Anthropological Archives.
Washington, DC: National Anthropological Archives, 1996. Available
HTTP. URL http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/guide/_toc.htm.
Accessed September 2000.