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Anthropology Research Guide: Primary Sources

Using the Bancroft Archives

The Bancroft holds old manuscripts, letters, fieldnotes, and historic records. Bancroft Library interior Some are online in Calisphere, but to view other items in person: 

1.  Use the catalog to write down book titles and call numbers before you go to the Bancroft. Finding aids in the catalog or on the Online Archive of California show you what's in each collection.

2. Read the access rules so that you know to bring quarters for lockers, the rules on cameras and photocopies, and to register with two forms of ID!

3. If you want to view something stored offsite at NRLF, request it online at least 3 days in advance.

4. Need more primary sources? See our guide on Finding Historical Primary Sources or contact a librarian.

Anthropologists' Papers in the Bancroft Library

The Bancroft archives hold fieldnotes and letters from prominent anthropologists who worked at Berkeley or studied the American West, such as the people below. Use the finding aids or contact the Bancroft reference services to learn more.

You can also learn more from the historic Anthropology Emeritus Lecture Series.