The Ethnological Documents of the Department and Museum of
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, is composed of 216 separate collections of
varying size, spanning the period 1875 to 1958, with the exception of a Quiché Maya
manuscript leaf, dating from the 17th Century. The collection is comprised of manuscripts,
field notes, and other linguistic, ethnographic and ethnobotanical documents, including card
files, newsclippings, genealogical tables, charts, maps, drawings, photographs, as well as
some original microfilm. Some of the data was gathered by Berkeley anthropology graduate
students for the Culture Element Distribution Survey, under the direction of Alfred L.
Kroeber. Many of the manuscripts contain notations in Kroeber's hand. The documents were
transferred from the Robert H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology (now the Phoebe Apperson Hearst
Museum of Anthropology) to The Bancroft Library in 1970.
This Guide represents the culmination of some five years' work
by the compiler which was initiated in December, 1965. In excess of 50,000 pages of
manuscripts and field notes, and thousands of plates and photographs, were sorted,
researched, indexed and archived in a decimal system. In 1957-1958, A. L. Kroeber had
compiled the first catalog of Museum manuscripts, then numbering but thirty-nine. Beside
these relatively few items remained an enormous quantity of collections stored then in the
mezzanine of the Anthropology Library of Kroeber Hall. In 1967, Kroeber's list was augmented
and edited by the writer, and was then published (Kroeber and Valory 1967) to initiate
knowledge of the collection's existence in the academic community at large.
Microfilm: 139 reels
Number of containers: 93 boxes, 14 oversize folders
Linear feet: 36
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must
be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University
of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as
the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from
the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See:
Collection is available on microfilm only. Originals are not available for use.