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Anthropology Department records

Identifier: RG0086

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include reports and "Anthro-notes" newsletter, vertical files materials, and websites. They range in date from 1973 to 1992, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Anthropology Department. The website was added in 2023, captures for this website date back to 2015.


  • 1973-2011

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Restrictions on Use

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Historical or Biographical Note

Anthropology is the study of the forms and functions of human diversity in the present and the past. Through intensive fieldwork and laboratory analysis, anthropologists compile detailed knowledge of particular populations, develop theoretical generalizations, and test theoretical claims against empirical evidence gathered in one or more locales. In its broad focus on humanity, anthropology is an integrative discipline, bringing together scholarly work in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

The Anthropology Department at The George Washington University (GW) was founded in 1965, and is committed to integrating the humanistic and scientific perspectives of the discipline while pursuing advanced research of the highest quality. It believes that research should be both rigorous and creative, and that it should be intrinsically connected to our activity as teachers. Moreover, research and teaching activities of Anthropology faculty members should resonate with and complement each other. The department supports undergraduate and graduate students being provided with outstanding classroom and practice-based training in the "four fields" — archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. A GW degree in anthropology should signal that the holder is experienced in synthesizing diverse kinds of data about human beings, a skill increasingly valued in a variety of professions as well as in academic settings.

The program encourages team-teaching and experimentation with new teaching methods and technologies because these approaches feed back directly into cutting-edge research. Similarly, the department eagerly seeks out professional collaboration within and beyond the University in order to create the kind of vibrant intellectual community that stands at the heart of any great research institution.

The late Colin Turnbull was a prominent faculty member in the department in the 1970's and 1980's.

N.B. This history note was written in 2005


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Language of Materials



This is a collection of reports, "Anthro notes" newsletters, deparment files, student manuals, and websites. They range in date from 1979 to 2011. Archived versions of the Deparment of Anthropology were added in 2023.

Collection Organization

Organized into four series. They include the "Anthro-notes" newsletter, Departmental files, student manuals, and websites.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.



Preliminary Guide to the Anthropology Department records, 1973-1992
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America