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Series AA689/01
Bound volumes of expedition journals, notes, anthropometric and morphometric data on Australian and foreign collections and blood grouping data.
Date Range1938 - c. 1977, Dates of annotation
Quantity70 cm, 6 archive boxes and Albox folders
ProvenanceDr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Description

THIS SERIES CONTAINS RESTRICTED MATERIAL
This series can be broken down into two major subseries. The first group, AA 689/1/1 to AA 689/1/2, comprises Birdsell's 'Daily Field' Journals which contains observations and data recorded on the Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition of 1938-39, and the University of California Los Angeles expedition of 1952-54. There is a complete transcript of AA 689/1/1 in two volumes, AA 689/1/1/1 and AA 689/1/1/2, and a partial transcript of AA 689/1/2 in AA 689/1/2/1.

The second group, AA 689/1/3 to AA 689/1/16, comprises notebooks which contain data relating to both expeditions, notes and references.

Birdsell was not systematic about pagination throughout his journals. Each inventory 'details field' contains specific information about the pagination of that item.

All diary entries, notes, data, illustrations and maps have been hand written or hand drawn by Birdsell.

Aboriginal groups have been cross referenced with the 'Tindale tribe' index which links to the Catalogue in Tindale's 1974 publication Aboriginal tribes of Australia, their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits and proper names.

Birdsell was American and used Americanised spelling. In the instance where this occurs within a title, for example 'Australian Geneologies, 1, 1938-39, these have been summarily changed to the Australian-English spelling. Birdsell also used the standard American dating of month/day/year which have been noted according to the Australian standard of day/month/year.

Journals AA 689/1/3 to AA 689/1/16 were previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebooks 1-19'. Each item which was previously identified under this system retains a note identifying the items as such.

Item AA 689/1/17 contains two tools used in the field, a Munsell Soil Chart and a Skin Colour Chart based on Munsell's colour categorisation.

The item previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 10' which has the title 'Douglas Oliver's Series of Hybrids from Melanesia', has been transferred into series two AA 689/2/13.

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Inventory Listing

AA 689/1/1

'Australian Daily Field Journal 1938-1939'

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938-1939
 

THIS ITEM CONTAINS RESTRICTED MATERIAL
This item is a bound journal containing three Daily Fielaltmand 'Books' used as a diary record of activities and data collected on the Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, May 1938 - May 1939. These three books contain anthropometric measurements and observations, hand drawn maps, birth-weights, some genealogies, archaeological site information, photographic indexes, bibliographical references, geological information, notes on soil samples, data on blood group types and morphological data on crania. Some of this material is restricted.

Book One (pp. 1-156) contains journal entries 20 April 1938 - 18 February 1939 from New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland. Notes and observations were made at La Perouse, Adelaide, Swan Reach, Murray Bridge, Cohuna, Cumeroogunga, Sydney, Pillaga [Pilliga], Walgett, Brewarrina, Tibooburra, Dennings Station, Quantambone Station, Narran Lake, Cato Creek, Tolawanta Station, Weilmoringle, Boggabilla, Talawanta, Warwick, 'Talgai skull site', Dalrymple Creek, King Creek, Woodenbong, Richmond River, Brisbane, Mona Mona, Lake Barrine, Yarrabah, Budaludeloo, Oombundgie, Palm Island, Woorabinda, Cherbourg, Nambucca Heads, Kempsey, Wallaga Lake, Lake Tyers, Mount Gambier, Portland, Cape Blow Out, Mount Shank, Point McLeay. For information regarding 'interlude between Lake Tyers and Point McLeay, see special Tasmanian Journal' which is Book Three of this journal.

Book Two (pp. 1-105) contains journals entries 2 March - 26 June 1939 from South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales. Notes and observations were made at Point Pearce, Port Augusta, Iron Knob, Eucla, Nullarbor Station, Ooldea, Balladonia Station, Afghan Rocks, York, Esperence, Bunbury, Mount Barker, Gnowangerup, Borden, Albany, Katanning, Narrogin, Moore River, Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Warburton, Scaddan, Norseman, Koonibba, Menindee.

Book Three (pp. 1-26) is titled 'Tasmanian Journal' and contains journal entries 19 January - 3 February 1939. Notes and observations were made at Cape Barren Island, Launceston, Thunder and Lightening Bay, Flinders Island, Hobart, Melbourne. (See reference to this journal in Birdsell AA 689/1/3 and AA 689/1/4).

Only the first citation of a place name has been noted, it should be noted however that occasionally Birdsell returned to a place previously visited when still within the vicinity.

There are two genealogies, located on p.15A and p.19. There are twenty seven maps, located on p.3A, p.6, p.15A, p.71A, p.141, p.157, p.158A, p.158, p.159A, p.7A, p.13, p.43, p.53, p.71, p.81, p.107A, p.108A, p.112A, p.113A, p.114A, p.128A, p.130A, p.131A, p.132A, p.107, p.108.

The Board for Anthropological Research Expedition included Norman and Dorothy Tindale (See AA 338) and Joseph and Bee Birdsell.

Bridsell recorded data on the right hand page leaving the left hand page blank for annotations, additions and illustrations. Each 'Book' of this journal has been numbered by Birdsell on the right hand page, and subsequent pages whether blank or not have been counted in the same manner. Each of these three 'Books' are followed by numerous pages which are not numbered and either contain notes or are blank. There are 287 pages of 'Daily Field' entries, 131 pages of notes and 36 blank pages.

There is a complete handwritten transcript, AA 689/1/1/1 to AA 689/1/1/2, of the 'Australian Daily Field Journal 1938-1939'. Item AA 689/1/1/1 also contains a typewritten incomplete transcript 45 pages in length containing diary entries 20 April - 17 November 1938 relating to the locations of Sydney, New South Wales to Woorabinda, Queensland.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/1
Date Range April 1938 - July 1939, Dates of annotation
Quantity 4.5 cm, 1 Dark red hard bound notebook, 457pp., 20.7x26.2 cm
Formats Numeric Data, Graphs, Illustrations, Maps, Notebooks, Sketches, Lists, Diaries and Tables of data
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/1
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/1/1

Complete Transcript of 'Australian Daily Field Journal 1938-39' Volume 1

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938-1939
 

THIS ITEM CONTAINS RESTRICTED MATERIAL
This item is a handwritten transcript of Book One, which contains diary entries from 20/4/1938 Sydney, New South Wales and concludes with 28/2/1939 Point McLeay, South Australia.

This item comprises of 164 pages in total including photocopies of maps and diagrams. Produced in the 1990s by Edna Love. This item also includes a typed incomplete transcript of 45 pages which contains diary entries from 20/4/1938 Sydney, New South Wales and concludes with 17/11/1938 Woorabinda, Queensland.

There is a total of 209 pages, 164 handwritten and 45 typed.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/1/1
Date Range April 1938 - Feb 1939, dates in annotation
Quantity 5.8 cm, 1 Blue Albox Folder
Formats Numeric Data, Graphs, Illustrations, Maps, Loose Notes, Sketches, Photocopied Documents, Lists, Diaries and Tables of data
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/1/1
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/1/2

Complete Transcript of 'Australian Daily Field Journal 1938-39' Volume 2

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938-1939
 

THIS ITEM CONTAINS RESTRICTED MATERIAL
This item is a handwritten transcript of Book Two which contains diary entries from 2/3/1938 Point Pearce, South Australia and concludes 23/6/1939 Lake Menindee, New South Wales. (pp.1-116)

Book Three the 'Tasmanian Journal' commences on pp.117 of the transcript and contains entries from 21/1/39 to 3/2/30.

There is a total of 217 pages including photocopies of maps and diagrams. Produced in the 1990s by Edna Love with contribution from Rebe Taylor.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/1/2
Date Range Feb 1939 - June 1939, dates in annotation
Quantity 5.8 cm, 1 Blue Albox Folder
Formats Numeric Data, Graphs, Illustrations, Maps, Loose Notes, Sketches, Photocopied Documents, Lists, Diaries and Tables of data
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/1/2
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/2

'Australian Daily Field Journal 1953-1954'

  University of California Los Angeles expedition, 1952-1954
 

THIS ITEM CONTAINS RESTRICTED MATERIAL
This item is a bound journal containing five Daily Field 'Books' used whilst on the University of California Los Angeles expedition, 1952-1954. These books contain anthropometric measurements and observations, ecological impressions and studies, a 'tribal inventory' and notes on various groups, 'Sampling of Various Work Stations' in Western Australia and the Northern Territory with the percentage of population sampled. Also includes 'Assignment of Tribal Entities to Individuals', 'General Addresses', 'Succulents sent to Mathias', 'Seed Samples sent to Mathias', 'Production schedule of Results Achieved' December 1952 - July 1954, 'Clubbing as a Selection Agency in Women', 'Language Affinities', 'Introduction New Traits on Card Margins', 'Notes on Serological Skin Tests', 'Munsell Skin Color Scale', 'Archeological Index' to First and Second Sessions, 'Station Contacts' including names and addresses and 'Weed Samples,' hand drawn maps, notes on migration patterns, 'Annual Rainfall Records' for 1913-1952, 'Estimates of Major Fauna Populations', notes on social change in station communities, notes on local diet, 'Ceremonial Gear', notes on 'Boundaries of Local Tribes', notes on populations, research ideas and a statement regarding the 'Limitations of Genealogical Data'.

Book One (pp. 1-52) contains journal entries 1 December 1952 - 7 February 1953 from South Australia and Western Australia. Notes were made at Koonibba, Port Augusta, Penong, Bookabie, Fowlers Bay, Colona, Madura, Balladonia, Norseman, Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, Southern Cross, Perth, Wyalkatchem, Cundeelee, Leonora, Wiluna, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Laverton, Cosmo Newberry [Cosmo Newbery].

Book Two (pp. 53-135) contains journal entries 8 February 1953 to 26 May 1953 from Western Australia. Notes were made at Cosmo Newberry [Cosmo Newbery], Mulga Queen, Mount Margaret, Jigalong, Marble Bar, Cookes Creek, Port Hedland, Bamboo Springs Station, Kulikuli, Pilgangoora.

Book Three (pp. 136-222) contains journal entries 27 May - 21 September 1953 from Western Australia. Notes were made at Pilgangoora, Yandeyarra, Roebourne, Wittenoom, Yarrie, Mandora, Anna Plains, La Grange, Thangoo, Broome, Derby, Meda, Yeeda, Liveringa, Fitzroy Crossing, Christmas Creek, Halls Creek, Moola Boola [Moola Bulla].

Book Four (pp. 223-300) contains journal entries 22 September 1953 to 9 May 1954 from Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Notes were made at Moola Boola [Moola Bulla], Halls Creek, Flora Valley, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Dunmara, Daly Waters, Darwin, Wyndham, Forrest River, Inverway, Gordon Downs, Sturt Creek Station.

Book Five (pp. 301-369) contains journal entries 10 May - 9 August 1954 from Western Australia. Notes were made at Sturt Creek Station, Halls Creek, Moola Boola [Moola Bulla], Margaret River Station, Louisa Downs, Christmas Creek, Gogo, Fitzroy Crossing, Quanbun, Wotjulum, Cockatoo Island, Derby, Noonkanbah, Leopold Downs, Brooking Springs Station, Ruby Plains, Billiluna Station, Balgo Mission.

Only the first citation of a place name has been noted, however the Birdsell's occasionally revisited a site previously recorded in the journal when still within the vicinity. See also the itenary of the Birdsell's contained within NB Tindale 'Anthropological Field Notes on the University of California at Los Angeles - University of Adelaide Anthropological Expedition, north-west Australia. Volume II.' Copy of Journal AA 338/4/33/2, pp. 1175-1183.

The 'Second Field Season' which commenced 11 February 1954, begins within Book Four.

There are eight maps, located on p. 6A, p. 75A, p. 174A, p. 175A, p. 222 (+6), p. 300 (+4), p. 369 (+13).

The Board for Anthropological Research (see AA 346) expedition included Norman and Dorothy Tindale (see AA 338), Joseph and Ester Birdsell and Phillip Judd Epling (student, University of California).

Each 'Book' of this journal has been numbered by Birdsell on the right hand page. The covers for 'Books' Three and Four are missing but a stump and the page numbering makes it evident where the books begin and end. Each of the daily field 'Books' are followed by numerous pages which are not numbered and either contain notes or are blank. These subsequent pages whether blank or not have been counted in the same manner. There are 369 pages of 'Daily Field' entries, 56 pages of notes and 22 blank pages.

There is an incomplete handwritten transcript, AA 689/1/2/1, of the 'Australian Daily Field Journal 1953-1954'.This item contains diary entries from 1/12/1952 Koonibba, South Australia and concludes 23 May 1953 Pilgangoora, Western Australia.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/2
Date Range December 1952 - c. August 1954, Dates of annotation
Quantity 7.3 cm, 1 Red hard-bound notebook, 447pp., 23.5x18.3 cm
Formats Numeric Data, Graphs, Illustrations, Maps, Notebooks, Lists and Diaries
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/2
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/2/1

Transcript 'Australian Daily Field Journal 1953-1954'

  University of California Los Angeles expedition, 1952-1954
 

THIS ITEM CONTAINS RESTRICTED MATERIAL
This item is a handwritten incomplete transcript of Books One and Two containing diary entries from 1/12/1952 Koonibba, South Australia and concludes 23/5/1953 Pilgangoora, Western Australia.

This item comprises of 136 pages in total including photocopies of maps and diagrams. Produced in the 1990s by Edna Love.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/2/1
Date Range Dec 1952 - May 1953, dates in annotation
Quantity 5.8 cm, 1 Blue Albox Folder
Formats Graphs, Illustrations, Maps, Loose Notes, Sketches, Photocopied Documents, Lists, Diaries, Tables of data and Drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/2/1
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/3

'Anthropometric Ledger of the Harvard-Adelaide Expedition'

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938-1939
 

This item contains anthropometric data collected on the Harvard and Adelaide University expedition of 1938-1939 and includes records by date and area on subject numbers, sex, age-class, genetic-class, hair and blood samples taken and photograph negative numbers. There is also blood group summaries, a brief 'Effage', and a contents list of 'Miscellaneous Rolleiflex Films'. Data was recorded for the following areas:

  • Swan Reach, South Australia
  • Cumeroogunga, New South Wales
  • Pilliga, New South Wales
  • Walgett, New South Wales
  • Brewarrina, New South Wales
  • Boggabilla, New South Wales
  • Woodenbong, New South Wales
  • Mona Mona, Queensland
  • Yarrabah, Queensland
  • Palm Island, Queensland
  • Woorabinda, Queensland
  • Cherbourg, Queensland
  • Kempsey, New South Wales
  • Wallaga Lake, New South Wales
  • Lake Tyers, Victoria
  • Point McLeay, South Australia
  • Murray Bridge, South Australia
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • Point Pearce, South Australia
  • Collie, Western Australia
  • Gnowangerup, Western Australia
  • Borden, Western Australia
  • Albany, Western Australia
  • Mount Barker, Western Australia
  • Narrogin, Western Australia
  • Moore River, Western Australia
  • Southern Cross, Western Australia
  • Mount Margaret, Western Australia
  • Laverton, Western Australia
  • Norseman, Western Australia
  • Nullarbor Station, South Australia
  • Koonibba, South Australia
  • Port Augusta, South Australia
  • Menindee, New South Wales

Birdsell's note on page 59 reads, 'Cape Barren: Island, Tas. (see special journal) #1579-#1712 incl.' This note refers to the 'Tasmanian Journal', Book 3 of AA 689/1/1.

The pages of this journal have been numbered. There are 103 pages of data and 77 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 1'. 'Ledger S762N-L' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/3
Date Range 1938 - 1939, Dates of annotation
Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 Red soft-bound notebook, 180pp., 22x14 cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/3
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/4

Technical and methodological notes from Harvard-Adelaide Expedition, 1938-39

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938-1939
 

This item contains data collected on the Harvard and Adelaide University expedition of 1938-1939 and includes data on 'Scales Calibration', 'Film Record Rolleiflex', 'Scales Calibration Continued', 'Soil Samples', and 'Blood Sera Calibration.' Data was recorded for the following areas:

  • Swan Reach, South Australia
  • Cumeroogunga, New South Wales
  • Pilliga, New South Wales
  • Brewarrina, New South Wales
  • Boggabilla, New South Wales
  • Woodenbong, New South Wales
  • Mona Mona, Queensland
  • Yarrabah, Queensland
  • Palm Island, Queensland
  • Woorabinda, Queensland
  • Cherbourg, Queensland
  • Kempsey, New South Wales
  • Wallaga Lake, New South Wales
  • Lake Tyers, Victoria
  • Point Macleay, South Australia
  • Point Pearce, South Australia
  • Collie, Western Australia
  • Gnowangerup, Western Australia
  • Borden, Western Australia
  • Albany, Western Australia
  • Mount Barker, Western Australia
  • Narrogin, Western Australia
  • Moore River, Western Australia
  • Southern Cross, Western Australia
  • Mount Margaret, Western Australia
  • Laverton, Western Australia
  • Norseman, Western Australia
  • Nullarbor Station, South Australia
  • Koonibba, South Australia
  • Port Augusta, South Australia
  • Menindee, New South Wales

Birdsell's note on page 11 reads, 'Cape Barren Island, Tasmania. (See special journal) 'This note refers to the 'Tasmanian Journal', (Book 3 of AA 689/1/1).

The pages in this journal are not numbered. There are 30 pages of data and 51 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 4'. 'Cash-Book' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/4
Date Range 1938 - 1939, Dates of annotation
Quantity 0.8 cm, 1 Grey and black spiral hard-bound notebook, 81pp., 23.5x14.5 cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/4
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/5

'American Museum of Natural History, July-August 1946'

 

This item contains morphometric data on crania housed at American Museum of Natural History, New York and the Hamburg Museum, Hamburg.

Data relating to crania from Queensland, which includes Cooktown, Herbert River, Meta Downs: Cape York, 'Nimaji tribe: west of Cairns'.

Data relating to crania from Tasmania, 'Relum', 'Ainu' [Japan], Baining [New Britain] and Varzinberg: Gazelle Peninsula [New Britain]. There is also data relating to casts of 'Wadjak I' [Java, Indonesia] and 'Combe Capelle' [France]. Includes bibliographical notes.

The data on the following crania usually includes the museum's item number and the place or origin. There may also be information regarding the history of the crania.

The pages in this journal are not numbered. There are 64 pages of data and 42 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 7'. 'Compositions' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/5
Date Range July 1946 - August 1946, Dates of annotation
Quantity 1.2 cm, 1 Black and white patterned hard-bound notebook, 106pp., 25.5x19 cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/5
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/6

'Isogenic Analysis'

  University of California Los Angeles expedition, 1952-1954
 

This item contains isogenic analysis of serology data collected in the University of California Los Angeles expedition of 1952-1954. Data was recorded from the following 'Tindale Tribes' (see AA 338):

  • Djaru
  • Indjibandi
  • Karadjeri [Karadjari]
  • Kartudjara
  • Kitja
  • Kokatja
  • Konejandi
  • Mandjildjara
  • Mandjindja
  • Mangala
  • Narjatadjara [Nangatadjara]
  • Nangatara
  • Ngadadjara
  • Nangamarda [Njangamarda]
  • Nardi [Ngardi]
  • Ngarinjen [Ngarinjin]
  • Njamal
  • Njikena
  • Pitjandjara
  • Punaba
  • Walmadjari
  • Walpiri
  • Wandjira [Wadjari]
  • Wanman
  • Wonambal [Wunambal]
  • Wankujungga [Kokatja]
  • Worona
  • Wenambal

The pages in this journal are not numbered. There is a title page, eight pages of data tables and 37 blank pages. Contains one loose note. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 14'.

Corresponding Tindale Tribes: Djaru; Indjibandi; Karadjari; Kartudjara; Kitja; Kokatja; Konejandi; Mandjildjara; Mandjindja; Mangala; Nangatadjara; Nangatara; Ngadadjara; Njangamarda; Ngardi; Ngarinjin; Njamal; Njikena; Pitjandjara; Punaba; Walmadjari; Walpiri; Wadjari; Wanman; Wunambal; Kokatja; Worora; Wenambal.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/6
Date Range c. 1952 - c. 1954, Date of related expedition, dates of annotation unknown
Quantity 0.6 cm, 1 Faded blue hard-bound notebook with gray binding, 46pp., 31x20 cm
Formats Numeric Data, Notebooks, Loose Notes, Tables of data and Figures
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/6
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/7/1

'Serology 1'

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities, 1938-1939 and University of California Los Angeles, 1952-1954, expeditions
 

This item is the first of three volumes containing raw and summary data on the serology of Aboriginal Communities from the University of California Los Angeles expedition of 1952-1954, and also includes data on relevant tribes from the Harvard and Adelaide University expedition of 1938-1939. Data was recorded from the following 'Tindale Tribes' (see AA 338):

  • Nangata [Nangatadjara]
  • Mandjindja
  • 'Nada'
  • Kartudjara
  • Mandjildjara
  • Kokatja
  • Nardi [Ngardi]
  • Djaru
  • Wandjira
  • Kitja
  • Indjibandi
  • Njamal
  • Wanman
  • Nangamarda [Njangamarda]
  • 'Wonkadjunga'
  • Wenambal

The pages in this journal have been numbered by Birdsell. There are 42 pages of data tables and two blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 15'. 'Serology 1', printed on cover.

Corresponding Tindale Tribes: Nangatadjara; Mandjindja; Kartudjara; Mandjildjara; Kokatja; Ngardi; Djaru; Wandjira; Kitja; Indjibandi; Njamal; Wanman; Njangamarda; Wenamba.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/7/1
Date Range c. 1952 - c. 1954, Date of related expedition, dates of annotation unknown
Quantity 0.8 cm, 1 Faded blue hard-bound notebook with red binding, 44pp., 31.8x20.2 cm
Formats Numeric Data, Notebooks, Tables of data and Figures
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/7/1
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/7/2

'Serology 2'

  University of California Los Angeles expedition, 1952-1954
 

This item is the second of three volumes containing raw and summary data on the serology of Aboriginal Communities from the University of California Los Angeles expedition of 1952-1954. Data was recorded from the following 'Tindale Tribes' (see AA 338):

  • Mangala
  • Njikena
  • Worona
  • Narinjin [Ngarinjin]
  • Konean [Konejandi]
  • Punaba
  • Karadjeri [Karadjari]
  • Walmadjari
  • Wenemal [Wenambal]
  • 'Wonkadjunja'

The pages in this journal have been numbered by Birdsell. There is a continuing sequence of page numbers from volume one, consequently this volume has pp. 43-65. There are 22 pages of data tables and 22 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 16'. 'Serology 2', printed on cover.

Corresponding Tindale Tribes: Mangala; Njikena; Worora; Ngarinjin; Konejandi; Punaba; Karadjari; Karadjari; Walmadjari; Wenambal.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/7/2
Date Range c. 1952 - c. 1954, Date of related expedition, dates of annotation unknown
Quantity 0.8 cm, 1 Faded blue hard-bound notebook with red binding, 44pp., 31.8x20.2 cm
Formats Numeric Data, Notebooks, Tables of data and Figures
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/7/2
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/7/3

'Serology 3'

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities, 1938-1939 and University of California Los Angeles, 1952-1954, expeditions
 

This item is third of three volumes containing raw and summary data on the serology of Aboriginal Communities from the University of California Los Angeles expedition of 1952-1954 and also includes data on relevant tribes from the Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition of 1938-1939.

The pages in this journal have not been numbered. There are eight pages of data tables and 36 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 17'. 'Serology 3', printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/7/3
Date Range c. 1952 - c. 1954, Date of related expedition, dates of annotation unknown
Quantity 0.6 cm, 1 Faded blue hard-bound notebook with red binding, 44pp., 31.8x20.2 cm
Formats Numeric Data, Newsletters, Tables of data and Figures
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/7/3
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/8/1

'Blood Types of Australian Aborigenes [sic]' Volume One

 

This item is the first of two volumes containing summary data on the blood groupings of Aboriginal Communities. Includes a table of contents.

The pages in this journal have been numbered by Birdsell. There is a contents page and 42 pages of data tables. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 18'.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/8/1
Date Range c. 1952 - c. 1954, Date of related expedition, dates of annotation unknown
Quantity 0.8 cm, 1 faded-blue hard-bound notebook with red binding, 43pp, 31x20cm
Formats Numeric Data, Notebooks, Tables of data and Figures
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/8/1
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/8/2

Blood Types of Australian Aborigines Volume Two

 

This item is the second of two volumes containing summary data on the blood grouping of Aboriginal Communities.

The pages in this journal have been numbered by Birdsell. There is a continuing sequence of page numbers from volume one, consequently this volume has pages 43-61. There are 24 pages of data tables and 20 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 19'. 'Ecology' written on back cover and crossed out.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/8/2
Date Range c. 1952 - c. 1954, Date of related expedition, dates of annotation unknown
Quantity 0.8 cm, 1 faded-blue hard-bound notebook with red binding, 44pp, 31x20cm
Formats Numeric Data, Notebooks, Tables of data and Figures
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/8/2
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/9

'Man-Land Research, 1976, UCLA'

 

This item relates to JB Birdsell's 'Man-Land' project of 1976 and refers to computer punch cards included in the collection (see AA 689/9). Birdsell's 'Man-Land' project concerned calculating the correlation between pre-contact tribal sizes and areas in Australia in relation to environmental variables such as rainfall.

The pages in this journal have been numbered by Birdsell. There are 34 pages of data or notes and 102 blank pages. Approximately 20 pages have been torn from front of notebook.
This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 11'. 'Harvard Co-operative Society' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/9
Date Range May 1976 - July 1976, Dates of annotation
Quantity 1.4 cm, 1 black and white patterned hard-bound notebook, 132pp, 21.5x17.5cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/9
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/10

Morphometric data from crania housed at Museé de L'Homme, Paris and British Museum of Natural History, London

 

This item contains morphometric data from crania housed at Museé de L'Homme, Paris and British Museum of Natural History, London. Includes 'follow-up' research notes and references. The item includes the following data:

  • 'Crâne de Tasmanien de Port-Dalrymple'
  • 'Voyage del 'Astrolobe, et dola Zélée, Caharium incompleté touré sur les pords du lac St. Clair. Tasmanie'
  • 'Tasmanien de Launceston, Domé par Juus Verriaux in 1843'
  • 'Crâne de Tasmanien'
  • 'Tasmanie. Voyage de la Favorite'
  • 'Tasmanica de Hobart. Voyage de la Favorite'
  • 'Tasmanien Chef'
  • 'Tasmanienne lac St. Clair'
  • 'Minicopies - Andaman'
  • 'Minicopies - Andaman'
  • 'Negrito Andaman du N'
  • Brazil: 'Maloca due RIO Yarupy'
  • Congo: Brassaville
  • Congo: 'Rog de la Sangha'
  • Congo: Brassaville
  • Zaire: Congo ex Bolga
  • Zaire: Congo ex Bolga
  • Zaire: 'Congo ex Bolga, Prov. Orientale'
  • Zaire: Congo ex Bolga, Itari
  • Ethiopia: 'Prov. Du Gomu Gofa - Kalan'
  • Somalia: 'Oback Danakil'
  • Sudan: Nuer
  • Sudan: Bahr el Ghazal
  • Australia: Tully River, Queensland
  • Australia: Yalgoo, Western Australia
  • Australia: Bunbury, South Australia
  • Melanesia: 'Iles Saloman - Ile Ronnolle - Juhangganggo'
  • Melanesia: Iles Saloman - Ile Santa Catalina
  • Melanesia: Irian, Nouvelle Guinee Indonesianne
  • Japan: Homme Ainu
  • Japan: Ainu
  • Japan: Hokkaido-Niopton
  • North Dakota
  • Greenland
  • 'Andaman Islands'
  • Andamanese'
  • 'Presented by Miss Barlow - obtained from Governor of Andaman Island'
  • 'No details'
  • '? Andaman? Port Blair'
  • 'Andamanese'
  • 'Andamanese II'
  • 'Andaman Islander'
  • 'Female Andamanese'
  • 'Andamanese III'
  • 'Andaman'
  • 'Andamanese Osman Hill'
  • 'Andaman Is'
  • 'Andaman Islands I'
  • Andanman
  • 'Believed to be an Andamanese'
  • Andaman
  • Andaman

The data on the following crania usually includes the museum's item number and the place or origin. There may also be information regarding the history of the crania.

The pages of this journal have not been numbered. There are 49 pages of data and 19 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 3'. 'Cash Book' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/10
Date Range 1977, Dates of annotation
Quantity 0.9 cm, 1 gray and black spiral hard-bound notebook, 68pp, 23.5x14.5cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/10
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/11

'Tasmanian Book'

 

This item contains notes, quotations and measurements from the following journal articles:

  • Harper, WR and Clarke, AH 'Notes and measurements of the Tasmanian crania in the Tasmanian Museum, Hobart.' Papers and Proceedings for the Royal Society of Tasmania for 1897-1898, pp.97-100.
  • Pöch, R 'Ein Tasmanierschädel im KK naturalhistorischen Hofmuseum. Die anthropologische und ethnographische Sellung der Tasmanier'. Mitteilungen der Anthropologischen Cesellschaft in Wien, Vol 46, 1916, (der dritten folage XVI Band), pp.37-91.
  • Howells, WW 'Cranial Variations in Man: A Study by Multivariate Analysis of Patterns of Difference among Recent Human Populations'. Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The pages of this journal have not numbered. The journal runs from pp.2-50, as the first is missing. There are 20 pages of data and 29 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 9'.

'12 Columns' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/11
Date Range 1897 - 1973, Publication dates of references cited, date of annotations unknown
Quantity 1 cm, 1 black spiral hard-bound notebook, 96pp, 24x19cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/11
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/12

'Warner's Australians. Raw Data for Males'

 

This item contains a transcription of William Lloyd Warner's Anthropometric data of Australian Aborigines from data cards (see AA 689/9), and includes notes made in relation to the data. Data was recorded for the following areas and 'Tindale Tribes' (see AA 338):

  • W-1 Melville and Bathurst Islands
  • W-2 Larrakia [Larakia]
  • W-3 Worgait [Wogait]
  • W-4 Berinken [Magatige]
  • W-5 Central Interior
  • W-6 north-eastern

The pages in this journal are not numbered. There are 68 pages of data and 48 blank pages. Numerous pages have been torn from the back of the book. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 2.'

Tindale Tribes: Larakia; Wogait; Magatige.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/12
Date Range Dates of annotation unknown.
Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 red and black hard-bound notebook, 116pp, 27x21cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/12
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/13

Comparison of measurements between JB Birdsell's data and other morphometric data

 

This item contains a collection of morphometric measurements made by JB Birdsell, A Hrdlicka, W Turner, H Basedow (see AA 22), R Pöch, Brockenbusch, H Klaatsch (see AA 168), J Wunderly, F Wiedenriech and others. Contains morphometic data and descriptions for crania from the following areas and 'Tindale Tribes' (see AA 338):

  • Data on crania from Tasmania.
  • Data on crania from South Australia, including the following areas: Adelaide, Near Adelaide, Ardrosson, Blinman, Bookabie, Cambelltown, Central South Australia, Clare, Cobdogla, Coffins Bay [Coffin Bay], Collinsfield, Coopers Creek, Coorong, Lower and Upper Coorong, 'Cournamont', Dry Creek, Extreme South, Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Rangers, Fulham, Glanville, Glenelg, Goolwa, Henley Beach, Hindmarsh Island, Inkerman, Innamincka, Lake Albert, Lake Alexandria, Largs, Lower Murray, Loxton, Malata, Mannum, Marion, Meningie, Milang, Minghool, Moonta, Morgan, Mount Gambier, Mount Remarkable, Murray Bridge, Murray River, Musgrave Ranges, Myponga Jetty, Near Wallaroo, North of Mt. Eba, North West Bend, Oodnadatta, Paralana, Plympton, Point McLeay, Port Adelaide, Port Elliot, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Port Victor, Robe, Swanport, Sydenham, Tailem Bend, Torrens Island, Tumby Bay, 'Umberatona', Waikerie, Wakerville, Wellington, Wood's Point, Yorke Peninsula.
  • Data on crania from Victoria, including the following areas: Apollo Bay, Ararat, Echuca, Gabo lsland, Hamilton, 'Hoxham', Kerang, Koondrook, Near Koondrook, Lake Boga, Lake Bonnie, Lake Coorong, Lake Victoria, Lonnon: South West Murray River, Melbourne, Mortlake, Murrabit, Murray, Numurkah, Port Fairy, Port Phillip, Portland Bay, Strathmerton, Swan Hill, Upper Yarrah River, Wanna River, Warinambrol, Wickliffe, Williamstown, Wimmera, Lower Wimmera.
  • Data on crania from New South Wales, including the following areas: Balmoral, Bogan, Bondi, Carcoar, Cobar, Cowra, Cronulla, Darling River, Lower Darling River, Deniliquin, Geelong River, Glen Innes, Grafton, Kinchega, Kyogle, Macquarrie River, Manly, Manly Cove, Manning, McLeay River, Merimbula, Moorna, Mudgee, Murranbidgee River, Newcastle, Nowra, Nymagee, Port Hacking, Port Jackson, Port Stephens, Richmond River, Riverina, Shoalhaven, Silverton, Sydney, Near Sydney, Tamworth, Tolarno, Wellington Caves, 'Yabtree Grundagai'.
  • Data on crania from Ready Creek, Australian Capital Territory.
  • Data on crania from Queensland, including the following areas: Atherton Tableland,
    Brisbane, Carandotta, Cloncurry, Fraser Island, Glenroy, Jambin, Marlborough, Miriam Vale, Morgan, Morton Bay, Mount Yaamba, North Keppel Island, Port Curtis, Riversleigh, Rockhampton, South Keppel Island, Yeppoon.
  • Data on crania from Northern Territory, including the following areas and groups: Adelaide River, Anson Bay, Aranda group, Bowens Straights, Charlotte Waters, Daly River, East Alligator River, Hassan River, Mc Donnaell Ranges, Melville Island, Newcastle Waters, Port Darwin, Port Essington, Pongo-Pongo group [Pongaponga], Tennant Creek, Waramanga group.
  • Data on crania from Andaman Island [India], North Andaman Island [India] and Ngandong [Java, Indonesia].
  • Data on casts of crania from Cohuna, Victoria; Talgai, Queensland and 'Wadjak I' [Java, Indonesia].

The data on the crania usually includes the museum's item number and the place or origin. There may also be information regarding the history of the crania.

The pages of this journal are numbered. There are 138 pages of data and 162 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 12'. 'Record' printed on front cover.

Tindale Tribes: Aranda; Pongaponga; Waramanga.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/13
Date Range 1927 - 1978, Publication dates of references cited, date of annotations unknown
Quantity 2.5 cm, 1 green and red patterned hard-bound notebook, 300pp, 31x20cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/13
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/14

Anthropometric data comparing groups with traditional lifestyles to those with more acculturate lifestyles

 

This item contains anthropometric data comparing groups with traditional lifestyles to those with more acculturate lifestyles in the Northern Territory. Data was recorded for the following areas:

  • Yirrkala
  • Oenpelli
  • Umbakumba
  • Groote [Groote Eylandt]

This item also contains a section entitled 'Preliminary Data on Tribal Areas' NB Tindale (1971, see AA 338) and JB Birdsell (1952) which includes comparative lists of groups and area to nearest hundred mile square. Data was recorded for Queensland, South Australia, Central Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Australia.

The pages of this journal are numbered. The first five pages are missing and consequently the journal consists of pp. 6-48. There are 30 pages of data and 8 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 6'. '12 Columns' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/14
Date Range 1952 - 1971, Publication dates of references cited, date of annotations unknown
Quantity 1 cm, 1 black spiral hard-bound notebook, 38pp, 24x19cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/14
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/15

'Cohuna Skull et. al.'

 

This item contains morphometric data and descriptions of various Australian Aboriginal crania from the following areas:

  • Cohuna, Victoria
  • Barham, New South Wales
  • Swan Hill, Victoria
  • Nacurrie, New South Wales

Includes bibliographical references.

The pages in this journal are not numbered. There are 48 pages of data and 36 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 5'. 'Cash Book' printed on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/15
Date Range Date of annotation unknown
Quantity 1 cm, 1 gray and black spiral hard-bound notebook, 84pp, 32.5x14.5cm
Formats Numeric Data and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/15
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/16

'Methodology and Models'

 

This item contains theoretical exercises and population genetics to distinguish 'between the effects of selection and drift in contiguous series of Australian tribes.'

The pages in this journal have been numbered by Birdsell. There are 19 pages of data and 48 blank pages. This item was previously identified as 'Birdsell Collection Notebook 13'. 'Methodology and Models' written on cover.

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/16
Date Range Date of annotation unknown
Quantity 0.6 cm, 1 faded-blue hard-bound notebook with red binding, 67pp, 31x20cm
Formats Numeric Data, Graphs and Notebooks
Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/16
Series AA689/01

AA 689/1/17

'Munsell Soil Colour Chart' and Skin Colour Chart based on Albert Munsell's colour categorisation.

  Harvard and Adelaide Universities, 1938-1939 and University of California Los Angeles, 1952-1954, expeditions
 

One 'Munsell Soil Colour Chart' with Birdsell's annotations, and one Skin Colour Chart based on Albert Munsell's colour categorisation. These items were used during the Harvard and Adelaide Universities expedition 1938-1939, and the University of California Los Angeles expedition 1952-1954.

Also enclosed is a review, Pendleton, RL and Nickerson, D 1951, 'Soil Colors and Special Munsell Soil Colour Charts', Soil Science, 71:1, January 1951, pp.35-43., and one instruction manual (5pp.)

  Creator Dr Joseph Benjamin Birdsell
Control AA 689/1/17
Quantity 5 cm, 2 small box and folder containing charts Inventory Identifier AA 689/1/17
Series AA689/01