Smithsonian Archives Available to Researchers

Aug 15th, 1994 | By | Category: 6-2: Spirituality, Media Reviews

Shot in the Eye, Oglala. One of the compelling images held in the Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives.

Review by Mary H. Pulford, Duluth Community College

The National Anthropological Archives and the Human Studies Film Archives provide valuable research material for scholars of American Indian cultures. Both are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The National Anthropological Archives holds some 350,000 photos documenting North American Indian cultures from 1860 to 1985. The archives also hold approximately 4,000 cubic feet of documents. The Human Studies Film Archives contain original film footage of native American cultures.

The Smithsonian staff are helpful and eager to assist scholars in their research. Xerox copies of photos are available for a nominal fee. Slides and prints can be made of original archival photos, as well. Copies and prints can be ordered by mail, although the archives maintains a list of only its most popular photos.

For more information, contact: Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. 20560. Phone:(202) 357-4760.

To order a free subscription to Smithsonian Runner newsletter, contact: Smithsonian Runner, Office of Public Affairs, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560. Phone: (202) 357-2627.

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