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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).

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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).

HRAF Collections at Yale

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 provide comprehensive coverage of cultural life across hundreds of non-Western and Western cultures. By searching cultural subjects, 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. Expanded and updated annually, the entire HRAF Collection covers nearly 400 cultures-- past and present. 

 

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 for our member institutions, we take pride in giving personalized support (e.g. webinars) to librarians, faculty, researchers, and students.

 

History of HRAF

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, HRAF was one of the first digital anthropological projects in the world.

 

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

 

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