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I. Purpose:
To support research and instruction through the doctoral level in the following areas: physical anthropology, archaeology, folklore, social anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. Of these, anthropological linguistics is treated in the Linguistics Statement and archaeology in the Archaeology Statement.

In addition to Linguistics several other departments share interests with Anthropology: English and other language departments in the area of folklore, Classics in archaeology, Sociology in matters of interest to social anthropologists, and Biology in physical anthropology.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Language: Although English is the primary language of collection and English translations, when available, are generally preferred to works in foreign languages, materials in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Russian are collected on a broad basis. Materials in other languages are generally acquired more selectively. Collecting of anthropological works in Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese and other Oriental languages is treated in the appropriate vernacular Collection Statements.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Interests begin with the prehistoric period, as exemplified in archaeology, and continues through the present time, as exemplified in contemporary applications of social anthropology.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Primary emphasis is on North America and South America; of secondary importance is Europe and the U.S.S.R. (minimize local treatment for non-Slavic people of the U.S.S.R.), the Middle East and North Africa. Lesser emphasis is given to South and East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania. For anthropology related to Latin America and to Texas see the Statements for those special collections.

D. Treatment of Subject: Titles on techniques and procedures, especially as related to field work, are important. Biographies are of interest both when the subject is an anthropologist or when the subject illustrates his anthropological context, e.g., the biography of a Nineteenth Century America Indian chief or the biography of a contemporary migrant worker. Juvenilia will not ordinarily be sought; an exception is juvenile folklore, which is acquired on a very selective basis. Legal aspects of anthropological topics, e.g., the legal rights of ethnic minorities, are relevant. Lower-division textbooks are not ordinarily purchased.

E. Types of Material: Heavy emphasis is on society and museum publications. Publications of international organization (e.g., UNESCO, WHO, etc.) and national governments (e.g., publications of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs) contain much needed basic information. Archaeological commissions of the various American states and of foreign governments issue publications which are also useful.

F. Date of Publication: Primarily current publications with a limited program of retrospective acquisitions, chiefly in reprint or microfilm.

G. Other General Considerations: The resources of the Benson Latin American Collection are of primary importance for documentary research in all areas of Latin American archaeology, ethnography and folklore. For studies of American Indian groups this collection provides important manuscripts resources, as do the Center for American History Center, The Texas State Library and the General Land Office. Field recordings are maintained in the Center for Inter-Cultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, now called the Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies; for the student of American archaeology the Texas Memorial Museum and Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) have materials from every major section of Texas and Certain adjoining areas. The University also has a Radiocarbon Laboratory and a laboratory of Physical Anthropology.

Anthropologists have keen interests in the following areas, which are included in other subject statements as indicated: anthropological linguistics (Linguistics); comparative religions, primitive and folk religion, ethnic religions (Religion); ethnomusicology (Music); sociology of culture, social organization and institutions (Sociology); urban geography, cultural geography (Geography); primitive art (Art).

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Physical Anthropology: See Footnote 1 - - C Anthropology
Folklore: See Footnote 2 - - C Anthropology
Social Anthropology: See Footnote 3 - - C Anthropology

Footnote 1:
Includes non-human primate anatomy and behavior, genetic variations and evolution, human physical growth and development, and human adaptation to the biocultural environment. These interests are largely shared with biologists. Add to types of materials anatomical atlases.

Footnote 2:
Includes magic and superstition; structural analysis; recurring motifs, etc.: to languages in the general guidelines add Yiddish. In addition to English language folklore, regardless of geographical area, and Latin American folklore, regardless of language (the two overlap in the Caribbean), the following are emphasized: Yiddish and German folklore, Slavic folklore and folklore emanating from the Middle Eastern-North African tradition. (Note that ethnomusicology is included in the Music Statement, and folk and ethnic religion in the Religion Statement).

Footnote 3:
Includes ethnography, ethnology, economics, ecological, urban and psychological anthropology. Stress is on social relationships and cultural change, an interest shared with the Sociology Department.

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