Albany Museum has a large collection of ethnographic material , much of which dates back to the 19th century and is extremely valuable.
The first proffessional anthropologist was appointed at the Albany Museum in 1997. However , prior to this date , many members of the Museum were involved in accumulating material for the Museum.
The Anne White collection , for instance , includes beadwork from across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The Anthropology Department is currently involved int he documentation of contemporary life.