The Bureau of Ethnic Research (BER) was founded in 1952 to study social, economic, and health problems facing Native American communities in the southwestern United States using anthropological methods. BER subsequently conducted extensive research among native tribes in Arizona, focusing on a variety of topics including health, economic development, demography, education, and settlement histories. During the 1970s, while continuing research in Native American affairs, BER began to branch out into other areas of study, including border issues, urban poverty, and Mexican migration. In 1982, BER was renamed the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) to reflect its expanding focus. Since then, BARA has conducted research throughout the world on a variety of topics including cultural and natural resource management, environmental studies, food security, bilingual education, Native American affairs, political ecology, and economic development.

The legacy of this long history is a collection of publications and other resource materials that totals more than 350 linear feet. The cataloguing and digitizing of this collection is an ongoing process. Please contact the author for copies of BARA publications.