Board for Anthropological Research (AA 346)



AA 346


The collection of the Board of Anthropological research in the South Australian Museum Archives comprises: minutes; drafts and proofs of publications; papers related to expeditions; data cards; genealogies; photographic prints and negatives; crayon drawings; and film. Material dates from 1923 to 1966.

The Board for Anthropological Research (BAR) sponsored over forty anthropological expeditions to study Australian Aboriginal people in the five decades following its establishment in 1926. Although the work of the Board was focussed on physical anthropology, the expeditions also resulted in research across a range of fields, such as linguistics and botany, and also broader aspects of anthropology, including the documentation of social organisation, tribal/language boundaries and songs and ceremony. The records of the Board for Anthropological Research, and related collections held in the South Australian Museum Archives, contain detailed information in a range of formats about many Australian Aboriginal groups and individuals. The Board for Anthropological Research dissolved in 1975.

Some material is still in copyright to the Museum Board of South Australia

For all South Australian Museum Archive and Australian Aboriginal Family History requests please contact the Archives Collection Manager or Aboriginal Family History Officer by post, fax or email with relevant research and contact details. Once your request has been received, you will be contacted to discuss the procedures required to process your application and make arrangements to view the collection items. Access to the South Australian Museum Archives and Reading Room must be organised a minimum of two weeks in advance, as access is by appointment only.


Aboriginal culture; Anthropologists; Expeditions; Films; Minutes; Rites & ceremonies; Songs

Aboriginal languages; Aboriginal peoples; Australian art; Crayon drawing

Anthropological specimens; Archives; Documents; Drawings; Genealogical documents; Movie film; Photographs

Board for Anthropological Research

Twentieth Century

Coverage Spatial

Victoria, Australia; New South Wales, Australia; Tasmania, Australia; Northern Territory, Australia; Western Australia, Australia; Australia; South Australia, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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