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Guide of the Week: Anthropology

This week’s “Guide of the Week” from the GODORT Handout Exchange is:

Government Documents for Anthropologists (Word file) (Jennie Burroughs, University of Montana, 2008) CC

Like a number of guides in the Handout Exchange, this guide was created for a college course. Because people, including government scholars, have been writing about anthropology for a long time, it has a mix of print and electronic sources including:


Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology
Call number: SI 1.33:

A monographic series published irregularly.

American Memory Collection

The Library of Congress is building an extensive digital library collection. The American Memory collection includes a wide variety of materials: photographs, correspondence, manuscripts, sound recordings, motion pictures, etc. Folklife materials are included in this digital collection.

NARA 1930 Census
The 1930 Census is the most recent Census to become available to the public. NARA has an online database that can help you to identify the microfilm roll you need. Then, take that roll number to the microfilm drawers (call number: 312.0973 U58p 1930) to find the relevant reel.

General Land Office Records & Maps – The Bureau of Land Management has created a Federal Land Patents Database that allows you to search for General Land Office grants issued between 1820 and 1908. You can perform a basic search, where you can search by state and patentee name, or a standard search, where you can search by patentee name, by a particular location (described by county, section, township, range, etc.), or by date and land office.


The CC next to the guide name above means that this particular guide is available for noncommercial copying and adaptation if the original author is cited as stipulated under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. So as long as you provide credit to Jennie Burroughs, you could change her library’s call numbers to your own, and print out as many handouts for your students as you like.

The above resources are just a highlight of what’s available in the guide. See it for yourself, then check out what else is available. And if you’re a docs librarian with a handout of your own, link it to the wiki!

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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