Collections Librarian : Graham Henderson (x3514)

The collection development policy for Anthropology guides the development and management of Anthropology materials in the Wellesley College Library. This policy is for use by the Wellesley College community and the Anthropology collections librarian. Faculty and students are encouraged to provide recommendations for library materials.

General purpose of the collection

Anthropology materials in the Wellesley College Library support the Anthropology department curriculum. In addition, the collection supports programs and disciplines in which an anthropological perspective is employed. The materials provide for undergraduate study, faculty instruction, and basic faculty research.

The Anthropology collection supports each of the three concentrations in the Anthropology major-physical anthropology, social anthropology, and archaeology.

Anthropology courses cover Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as the culture of the United States. Traditionally, the focus has been on Native American anthropology. Many Anthropology courses explore contemporary issues in the Third World and the relationship between the United States and the Third World. The Anthropology department offers a broad range of courses in the cross-cultural study of family, gender, law, Anthropology, and technology.

Formats in the Anthropology collection include books, periodicals, electronic resources, and video recordings. The majority of these circulate to students, faculty, and staff.


Scope of coverage

1. Readership level: The Anthropology collection consists primarily of works written for the advanced undergraduate level and for basic faculty research. Graduate- and research-level publications are collected selectively.

2. Languages collected or excluded: With few exceptions, the Anthropology collection is English-language.

3. Geographical areas covered by the collections in terms of intellectual content, publication sources, or both, and specific areas excluded, as appropriate: The majority of acquisitions cover the geographical areas of Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. Other geographic areas are acquired selectively.

4. Chronological periods collected in terms of publication dates, and specific periods excluded, as appropriate: The collection emphasizes current material, with the primary purpose of supporting faculty and student research and coursework. Older imprints are acquired selectively, usually as replacements for classic works, or at the specific request of a student or faculty member.

Reference: Reference material for Anthropology is purchased by the Anthropology collections librarian for Research and Instruction and follows the general subject parameters of the Anthropology collections policy. The scope includes, but is not limited to, the following types of material: biographies, dictionaries/thesauri/nomenclature aids, encyclopedias, style and/or literature guides, and occasional electronic search aids and directories which support curricular or related professional programs.

General subject boundaries and library locations

1. Special Subject Emphases: Traditionally, the Anthropology collection has emphasized Cultural Anthropology/Ethnology, Physical Anthropology, and Archaeology. Geographic concentration has been Africa, Latin American, Asia, and the United States.

2. Current Collecting Priorities: Currently, the collections holdings in Cultural Anthropology/Ethnology as it relates to gender have been made a priority. Geographically, collections holdings in South Asia and Africa in all areas of the Anthropology curriculum have been made a priority.

3. Subjects Collected Selectively: Generally, anthropological studies pertaining to the geographic areas of Scandinavia and Oceana are collected selectively, usually at the request of a faculty member or student.

Related subjects and interdisciplinary relationships

Africana Studies: The Africana Studies collections librarian supplements the Anthropology collection by selecting materials pertaining to anthropological aspects of Africa and the Caribbean.

Art History: The Art History collections librarian selects materials relating to classical archaeology.

Music: The Music collections librarian supplements the Anthropology collection by selecting materials pertaining to ethnomusicology.

Women's Studies: The Women's Studies collections librarian supplements the Anthropology collection by selecting materials pertaining to social anthropology as it relates to women.

    Types of materials

    Collected: Books, periodicals, and reference works, including encyclopedias, biographical and subject-specific dictionaries, handbooks, and almanacs.

    Collected Selectively: Conference proceedings, multi-media publications, spoken-word recordings, electronic resources, dissertations, foreign-language monographs, research-level monographs, foreign-language periodicals, and videos and DVDs. (Region 1 DVD and NTSC VHS are the preferred formats for video materials. Region 2/PAL videorecordings are acquired when this is the only format available).

    Not Collected: Textbooks, foreign-language dissertations, single or discrete issues of periodicals, vanity press publications, non-journal microforms, and 16mm or 35mm films.