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!