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Lingustic Anthropology Labs

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The Linguistic Anthropology Laboratory is a research facility, established in 2006, providing equipment and a research environment for state of the art analysis of language, culture, and society, especially using audio, video, and photographic recordings of natural interaction. The laboratory has a variety of workstations, both PC and Mac, for multimodal editing and analysis, as well as a high speed network and large capacity server for storing and sharing high quality digitized materials. The lab also has excellent projection and sound facilities and thus can serve as a seminar room for classes and group discussions. Anthropology students and faculty with interest in multimodal recording and analysis are encouraged to use the laboratory, which has lockable individual storage spaces, and also a small kitchen facility.

For more information please contact Dr. John B. Haviland.


The Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology is an internationally-known research collection, founded in 1982 by professors, Donald F. Tuzin (1945-2007) and Fitz John Porter Poole (1941-2002), in partnership with the UC San Diego Library. Early co-funding for the Archive was provided under the Title II-C program of the U.S. Department of Education, with additional funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.  On-going support is provided by the Library.  The Archive is curated by librarian Cristela Garcia-Spitz.

The Tuzin Archive is comprised primarily of unpublished materials from individual anthropologists, documenting research on the cultures of the southwest Pacific Islands. Formats in the component collections include manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, film and video, correspondence, and other supporting documentation, comprising over 300 linear feet of materials.  It is housed in and administered through the Special Collections & Archives, located in the Geisel Library building.   

Digitization of images from the Tuzin Archive has been a priority in recent years, with the work being carried out under the auspices of the Library’s Digital Library Development Program. The results, over 10,000 images, texts, and videos (with more items being added all the time), may be viewed through the Digital Collections website

The UC San Diego Library also makes an ongoing effort to sustain an in-depth and comprehensive library collection of monographs, dissertations, government documents, and journals on Melanesia.  This collection is also an important research resource and is used by scholars from across the globe. 

For more information please contact Librarian Cristela Garcia-Spitz.