The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence files maintained by the Department of Anthropology for the period of
A.L. Kroeber's career, although it includes others prominent in the department throughout this period. These files reflect
the professional and research interests of the department, as evidenced by this departmental correspondence, which includes
interoffice memoranda, correspondence with professional colleagues, information from individuals interested primarily in Indian
groups in California, including native informants, and simple letters of inquiry about anthropology, objects found, etc. There
is often overlap between the correspondence in these departmental files and correspondence in individual's personal papers.
The Department of Anthropology was established by the Regents on September 10, 1901, and the first course, one in North American
ethnology, was given in the spring semester of 1902 by Alfred L. Kroeber. An introductory course providing a general survey
of anthropology, including physical anthropology, ethology, and archaeology, was introduced in 1905-06.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft
Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research, EXCEPT for the student files in Series 6. Only student files of individuals no longer living
will be made available.