Anthropology Library Guide

The place to be to find everything anthropological.

Recommended Books and Articles

Starting as a group of anthropologists and filmmakers interested in producing ethnographic films, today visual anthropology casts a much more inclusive net.  There are primatologists who use visual materials to study their subjects.  Archaeologists recording artifacts using different films (infra-red, 3-D, etc.).  Cultural anthropologists studying advertising in different cultures.  And many working with photographs: producing images in new relationships to traditional ethnographic texts (making the texts secondary to the image!), giving cameras to groups of people, or studying images produced by other cultures.  And this is only what I can think of off the top of my head.  Of course, we are still producing ethnographic films, and heatedly discussing what makes a film ethnographic versus a documentary (good luck with that one).  Where I did my master's degree, visual anthropology was given status as a fifth sub-discipline in anthropology and as a visual anthropologist myself, I am giving this area a page of its own.  Hey, its my guide!

These titles are just a place to start. Most are edited volumes that will lead you to other sources.  

{This is an archived post, written by Richard Freeman}

Special Note

This LibGuide was created by the late Richard Freeman. This was his research specialty and all content herein was collected by him. I have taken over the page maintenance. If you find content that you think should be added to this guide, please contact me. 

Online Ethnographic Films

Ethnographic Video Online

Many ethnographic videos, with scrolling transcripts and other features for making clips and playlists, are now available to UF faculty, students, and staff via Ethnographic Video Online.


Documentaries in the field of anthropology, gender studies, race and class studies, languages and global culture, ethnicity and indentity as well as many other subjects.


Ethnographic and documentary films

American Indian Film Gallery

Vintage motion pictures offering rich perspectives on the Native American experience.

EVIA Digital Archive

Digital archive of ethnographic video for use by scholars and instructors

Digital Image Collections


Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). (Hosted by Yale University and the NEH.)


The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.

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