I like to draw your attention to the organization, The Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records (CoPAR) which I will add to our “Sites We Like” section of the blog. Their mission is quite explanatory:

The Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records is dedicated to helping anthropologists, librarians, archivists, information specialists and others preserve and provide access to the record of human diversity and the history of the discipline.

The South Pacific is a treasure trove for anthropological research, and anthropologist, as well as archivists, should be aware of an organization like CoPAR, so that their records are preserved and made available to researchers long after they are gone.

Indeed, anthropologists can amass a copious amount of unique records during fieldwork. Unfortunately, many records are destroyed or lost because anthropologist (or those trusted with their records) don’t know what to do with them. CoPAR’s site helps to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

When you get some free time, check-out the site!

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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1 Response to CoPAR

  1. Thanks for the post. “The Melanesian Way Inc. Papua New Guinea” would be interested to work with CoPAR.


    Peter Kinjap.

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