Human Relations Area File: HRAF and eHRAF
The HRAF Collection of Ethnography consists of thousands of books, articles, reports, etc., in the field of ethnography, on microfiche cards. The data on the microfiche has been analyzed according to a system of 710 categories of cultural information. The files contain data largely on non-western cultures. The microfiche is accessed through the two sources, Outline of World Cultures and Outline of Cultural Materials. The HRAF microfiche files are located in the microfilm file cabinets on the first floor of the library. The items in the files are indexed by pulling information from them into hundreds of subject categories. A brief guide to using the HRAF Collection of Ethnography is available from our library.
The most recent installments (NOT the whole HRAF file!) are on the World Wide Web aseHRAF World Cultures and the more recent eHRAF Archaeology. There are help files available for eHRAF from eHRAF at Yale. Please ask a reference librarian for further help in using the HRAF and eHRAF collections.