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: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Collection is available on microfilm only. Originals are not available for use.