Preserving the Anthropological Record
(Sydel Silverman and Nancy J. Parezo, Eds.), Wenner-Gren Foundation, 1992.

CoPAR Bulletins

Guide to Anthropological Fieldnotes
and Manuscripts in Archival Repositories

Directory of Anthropological Archives

Useful Links

Sustainable Heritage Network
The Sustainable Heritage Network (SHN) is a collaborative project that complements the work of indigenous peoples globally to preserve, share, and manage cultural heritage and knowledge.

Oral History in the Digital Age
Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) is a resource for information on digital technologies pertaining to all phases of the oral history process.

Digital Data Management–Archaeology Module (American Anthropological Association)

Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET)
The Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET) is a point-based, open-source software tool that ranks audio field collections based on preservation condition, including the level of deterioration they exhibit and the degree of risk they carry.

The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP)
The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is a free online tool that helps collection managers prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collections, and includes a collection identification guide that covers many different types of materials and information on preserving them.


Andrew, A. & Jahnke, L. M. “Curating the Ethnographic Moment.” Archive Journal, vol. 3, 2013.

Gutmann, M., et al. “The Selection, Appraisal, and Retention of Social Science Data.” Data Science Journal, vol. 3, 2006, pp. 209–221.

Leopold, R.. “The Second Life of Ethnographic Fieldnotes.” Ateliers D’anthropologie, vol. 32, no. 32, 2008.

Parezo, N. J. “Articles – Preserving Anthropology’s Heritage: Copar, Anthropological Records, and the Archival Community.” The American Archivist, vol. 62, no. 2, 1999, pp. 271–306.

Roger, S. “From Fieldnotes to eFieldnotes” in eFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World, Sanjek, R. and Tratner, S. (eds.). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 3-27, 2016