Contact Information
  • Librarian: Moira Marsh
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E760
  • Phone: (812) 855-1550
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 5/27/2010

Anthropology Collection Overview


Areas of emphasis include history of anthropology, social and cultural anthropology, American Indian languages, prehistoric archaeology of north and Central America, and bioanthropology. Additional faculty research interests include the anthropology of the arts, economic anthropology, ethics, food, gender, globalization, health, history and change, identity, institutions, and human origins.

  • IU is a sponsoring member of the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). HRAF is a database of full-text ethnographies on nearly 400 different ethnic, cultural, religious, and natural groups worldwide. The files include thousands of pages of text from books, articles, and unpublished manuscripts as well as English translations of foreign texts available exclusively in HRAF. Access is available in microfilm and electronically.

  • Notable Native American microfilm collections include:
    • Iroquois Indians: A Documentary History of Diplomacy of the Six Nations and Their League. Provides primary source material that reflects Indian participation in the most important events of early American history.

    • American Indian Periodicals in the Princeton University Library. The collection represents a long effort to preserve and disseminate records in microform of the Indian perspective on many important events that once existed almost exclusively in mimeographed news-sheets, offset tabloids, and, occasionally, full-fledged newspapers. 134 separate titles in this collection have been cataloged separately in IUCAT—from the Ahkimal Awawtom to Yakima Reservation News.
  • Electronic full-text articles are available in many core journals including: American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Annual Review of Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethos, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.


The majority of the collection is located on the sixth floor of the Indiana University Bloomington Wells Library (GN in the Library of Congress call number system). Microform collections are in Government Information, Microforms and Statistical Services (GIMSS), on the second floor of the Wells Library. Electronic resources can be accessed from the Libraries’ Web pages,

For further information or assistance using the collection, please contact the subject librarian for Anthropology:

Moira Smith
Wells Library E760

Last Updated October 29, 2008

last updated: 5/27/2010