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Department of Anthropology Records

Identifier: UA 0004.0003

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the history and activities of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1966-2019. This collection contains material related to annual reports produced by the Department for the Office of the Provost, faculty meeting mintues, flyers of events sponsored by the Department, laboratory manuals for undergraduate students, newsletters, self studies, and information about the history of the Department.


  • 1966 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Department of Anthropology was established in March 1974 with Dr. Harriet Kupferer being named as the head of the Department. Prior to its creation, anthropology was housed under the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The decision to separate the two departments came as a result of the continued growth and interest in the subject of anthropology. It was determined by the college administration that a separate department was the best way to ensure its success. The first course listing for anthropology appeared in the University Catalog in 1964. An undergraduate major in anthropology was approved in 1968.


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The Department of Anthropology was established in 1974. Prior to its creation, it was part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The records of the Department of Anthropology contain annual reports, brochures, flyers, laboratory manuals, meeting minutes, newsletters, self study reports, and other material which document the activities of the Department from 1966-2007.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is arranged into two series with Series 1 arranged in alphabetical order while Series 2 is in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1966-2015 Series 2: Annual Reports, 1973-2007

Method of Acquisition

Periodically transferred from the Department of Anthropology.

Offensive Language Statement

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Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Sean A. Mulligan, January 2011.

Department of Anthropology Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US