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Department of Anthropology records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-04-260

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The records of the Department of Anthropology span the years 1974 to 1984; most of the documents, however, date from 1974 to 1980, and are divided into five series: (1) Administrative Records, 1974-1984; (2) Faculty and Staff, 1974-1984; (3) Student Records, 1974-1981; and (4) NEH Fellows, 1975-1978. Series 3 is further divided into three subseries: Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students and Special Students. Consisting primarily of correspondence, appointment letters, faculty resumes, and student transcripts, this record group is very limited in scope, with series 1 and 4 filed in one folder each. Although incomplete, these records help document the history of the Department of Anthropology in the first thirteen years of its existence. The fifth series - Websites, 2015-Ongoing - captures the department's official website.


  • Creation: 1974-1984


Use Restrictions

Administrative records in series 1 are restricted for twenty-five years from their date of creation. Education records in series 3, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as employment records in series 2, are also restricted. For details, see Regulations Governing Access to Restricted Records, at the front of each binder.


One of the youngest departments of the School of Arts and Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University, the Department of Anthropology was established in 1975 and began operations in September of that year, assisted by a five-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. In its earliest years, the Department had only three full-time faculty members and four or five visiting professors each year. Only a small number of students were admitted into its Ph.D. and B.A. degree programs. Since the Department's inception, its focus has been on social and cultural anthropology, with physical anthropology and archaeology excluded.


9.32 Cubic Feet (7 record center cartons, 1 letter size document box, 1 letter half-size document box)

1 Website(s)

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These records were transferred by Bernadette Butler, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Anthropology.

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Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Yunlong Man.

Department of Anthropology records
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA