Galactic Anthropology Committee
The Galactic Anthropology Committee is a civilian group, attached to the Daystrom Institute and tasked with the study of previously unknown or little-known races, both living and extinct. They are also tasked with the compilation of data from this research for the Federation Archives.
This mission takes its members all over the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, and in the past into the Gamma Quadrant though with the Treaty of Bajor, no Federation citizen is permitted into that area. The Committee consists of some 200 historians, archaeologists, and other social scientists, who often bring young scientists or Starfleet cadets on their missions.
The GAC was founded as the Daystrom Anthropology Committee in 2341 by Margaret Jenks, one of the founders of the Daystrom Institute of Technical Learning and granddaughter of Richard Daystrom after whom the Institute was named. The Committee was formed 6 years after the founding of the Institute, due to the established presence of the Daystrom Institute Archaeological Council. However, due to the nature of the Archaeological Council, the Committee was formed to include the histories and cultures of these races as well. Eventually, in 2371, the two were combined into one department, the Galactic Anthropology Committee, which lent itself out to scientific endeavors across the quadrant, including Starfleet and the Federation Archaeology Council.
The Anthropology Committee has numerous staff members, the most senior of which are;