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National Anthropological Archives

"The National Anthropological Archives collects and preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world's cultures and the history of the discipline." The NAA site is an excellent means to accomplish the first stage of anthropological archival research from a remote location. Their online Guide to the Collections of the National Anthropological Archives includes for each entry "a title, biographical data or administrative history, an indication of the type of documents available, and a description of contents (often including lengthy lists of authors, photographers, and correspondents)" as well as assessments of the state of the material and its possible research uses. The site's online exhibits feature substantive reviews of selected collections in the Archives, including photographs and facsimiles. In addition, NAA links to the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) (see the March 26, 1999 Scout Report) and offers a useful discussion of search strategies. The site provides information and costs for ordering photographs and manuscripts from both the NAA and the SIRIS collections.
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