Bureau of American Ethnology Publications Online
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Monographs in the Bureau of American Ethnology's Annual Report, Bulletin, and Contributions to North American Ethnology series have long been available online, but they have been very poorly cataloged, which can make individual issues very difficult to find using simple searches. Here we present a complete list of these monographs in numerical order, with titles and authors, to make them more easily accessible. Most of the links point to items posted on the Internet Archive (IA) by the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
The monographs are presented in four categories:
Note that the first volume in the Contributions to North American Ethnology was published in 1877, two years before the Bureau of Ethnology (later the Bureau of American Ethnology) was created in the Smithsonian Institution. This monograph appeared under the imprint of the U.S. Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, in the Department of the Interior. The Survey's director at the time was J. W. Powell, who later became the founding director of the Bureau of Ethnology. Subsequent volumes in this series continued to be published under the Survey's imprint, but, by the time the second volume was printed in 1890, the letter of transmittal in the front matter was addressed to "Hon. J.W. Powell, Director of the Bureau of Ethnology." More on the Bureau's history can be found here.
Annual Reports 1-48 were published in royal octavo size with administrative reports and accompanying scientific papers. Annual reports 49-81 were issued in octavo and contained only the administrative reports. Bulletins appeared in octavo, and Contributions to North American Ethnology appeared in quarto.
The descriptions below are adapted from Bulletin 200.