HRAF | Human Relations Area Files at Yale University

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The anthropologist's host cutting the hair of his son in Ofu, Manu'a Samoa 1955. Photo by Melvin Ember, HRAF President (1986-2009)

The anthropologist's host cutting the hair of his son in Ofu, Manu'a Samoa 1955. 

 

Photo by Melvin Ember, HRAF President (1987-2009).

Full Complimentary Access for 60-days

Are you interested in 60-day complimentary access to eHRAF Collections  (eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology) for your academic institution or public library?

 

We are happy to reach out to your librarians and administrators and get the ball rolling. Just fill out the following form and someone from HRAF in New Haven will be in touch with you and your librarians in a jiffy---usually within 24 hours.

Bringing food to a big house for a meal for the chiefs and young men. Some of the food will be brought back to the men's families. Photo of Ofu Villagers in Manu'a Samoa 1955. By Melvin Ember HRAF President (1987-2009)

Young men from Ofu are bringing food to a big house for a meal among chiefs and young men. From Ofu Village in Manu'a, Samoa, 1955.

 

Photo by Melvin Ember, HRAF President (1987-2009).

eHRAF Collections at Yale University

The anthropologist's host cutting the hair of his son in Ofu, Manu'a Samoa 1955. Photo by Melvin Ember, HRAF President (1986-2009)

"Friendships Across Species Lines". 1997. Amatlán, Mexico. Nahua woman gently feeds a fledgling parrot. 

 

Photo by: Alan R. Sandstrom and Pamela Effrain Sandstrom Copyright: Alan R. Sandstrom and Pamela Effrain Sandstrom. Located In: HRAF Institutional Archives.

Ethnographic and archaeological materials on all aspects of social 

and cultural life

Our anthropological collections and our archaeological database provide comprehensive coverage of cultural life across hundreds of non-Western and Western cultures in the past and present eras. 

 

By searching cultural subjects in eHRAF World Cultures--- such as  "political movements" or "ethnobotany"--- students and scholars can discover detailed passages dealing with the specific life-ways of ethnic minorities, migrants, indigenous persons, and other communities across the globe. 

 

Or you can dive into ancient material traditions and cultures using eHRAF Archaeology, our database of excavation reports, first hand historical accounts, and survey reports across the world.

 

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Digitizing Anthropology since the 1950's

In the 1930s, behavioral scientists at Yale’s Institute of Human Relations began developing a collection of cultural materials on a sample of cultures around the world. Originally operating from punch-card computers in the late 1940's and early 1950's, HRAF was one of the first digital anthropological projects in the world.

 

As a small, nonprofit and financially autonomous member organization, HRAF is more than a database provider. In addition to providing unlimited on-and-off-campus access to eHRAF Collections, we take pride in giving personalized support (e.g. webinars) to librarians, faculty, researchers, and students.

 

Today, HRAF is growing faster than ever.  We are continually developing dynamic, fully-indexed electronic collections that facilitate comparative and cross-cultural research. HRAF's flagship full-text databases, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology, have member institutions across the world. HRAF also sponsors and edits the peer-reviewed journal, Cross-Cultural Research, and provides other scholarly and educational resources.

Bringing food to a big house for a meal for the chiefs and young men. Some of the food will be brought back to the men's families. Photo of Ofu Villagers in Manu'a Samoa 1955. By Melvin Ember HRAF President (1987-2009)

"A Refreshing Brew." Orasac, Sumadja. Yugoslavia. Orasac, 1986. Closeup of the anthropologists' friend drinking.

 

Photo by: Joel M. Halpern. Copyright: Joel M. Halpern

 

Not a member of an academic or public institution, or interested in a trial only for yourself? Contact us and we will set you up with an individual trial membership for 30 days.

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