Makes available in concise form information on primary, non-artifactual collections in anthropology that are often exceptionally large and organizationally complex. Presents a list, by country and state, of some 250 sources of anthropological scholarship preserved in selected archives, libraries, and museums, primary in Canada and the US, but with a few representatives in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, and other countries. Sources described encompass social and cultural anthropology, ethnology, physical and biological anthropology, archaeology, folklore, and some aspects of linguistics.
Coverage is broad, touching on key concepts, theories, methodologies, and ethnographic and thematic research, though definitions for any religious traditions are lacking. While entries vary in length and depth, many short entries are enhanced with cross references, and there is a cumulative bibliography.