National Anthropological Archives

Guide to the Pacific Survey file, circa 1940 - circa 1945

Collection ID:
Murdock, George Peter, 1897-1985
circa 1940 - circa 1945
Physical Description:
23.25 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Historical Note
Historical Note
With the coming of World War II, George Peter Murdock, in a move to aid the efforts of the United States, turned the attention of his Cross Cultural Survey file (later the Human Relations Area File) to the Pacific, especially the Japanese mandated islands there. This resulting file includes abstracts and illustrations from publications on five-by-eight-inch cards and slips. They are arranged by geographic area and subject following George Peter Murdock's Outline of Cultural Materials, 1945. The set was maintained in the offices of the Ethnogeographic Board at the Smithsonian Institution. By report, the file was heavily used by the U. S. Navy in planning the invasions of islands in the Pacific.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Pacific Survey file is open for research.
Access to the Pacific Survey fle requires an appointment.
Preferred Citation
Pacific Survey file, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use
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Related Materials
Smithsonian Institution Archives holds records related to the Pacific Survey file in Records, 1942-1946 (SIA.FARU0087), Series 8: Uncompleted Project File: 1943-1945.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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