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eHRAF Renewal 2019-2020

Response Deadline: 
October 25, 2019

Subscription Term


January 1, 2020


December 31, 2020

Renewal pricing is now available for eHRAF (the Electronic Human Relations Area Files). There are two separate collections: eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures. 

Annual pricing has remained stable, there is no increase over last year's pricing.

Please note that as of 2019, eHRAF is also offering a perpetual access option. It is one of payment equivalent to 20x the annual fee.  Perpetual membership to eHRAF World Cultures and/or eHRAF Archaeology includes all future updates to our ethnographic and/or archaeological collections without additional dues and fees.  Updates include additional cultures (traditions in eHRAF Archaeology), new documents added to existing collections, and software improvements in the core application that support searching and browsing in eHRAF World Cultures and/or eHRAF Archaeology. Institutions can shift at any time to perpetual. 

These databases are made available to BC ELN partner libraries through a national site license negotiated on behalf of Consortia Canada by COPPUL. All BC COPPUL members are asked to send their responses to BC ELN.




Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. Founded in 1949 at Yale University, HRAF is a not-for-profit membership consortium of universities, colleges, and research institutions. Its mission is to promote understanding of cultural diversity and commonality in the past and present. To accomplish this mission, the Human Relations Area Files produces scholarly resources and infrastructure for research, teaching and learning, and supports and conducts original research on cross-cultural variation.

eHRAF Archaeology

eHRAF Archaeology focuses on in-depth descriptive documents of archaeological traditions from around the world. eHRAF is unique in having subject indexing at the paragraph level. This allows detailed and precise searching for concepts not easily found with keywords. This resource is especially important for regional comparisons of ethnic groups, indigenous people, and preindustrial societies. The major regions included are: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle America and the Caribbean, North America, Oceania, and South America.

eHRAF World Cultures

eHRAF World Cultures contains ethnographic collections covering all aspects of cultural and social life. eHRAF is unique in having subject indexing at the paragraph level. This allows detailed and precise searching for concepts not easily found with keywords. The resource's collections are organized by regions, sub-regions, sample(s) and subsistence types.

eHRAF World Cultures currently has nearly 82% of the SCCS societies. The SCCS consists of 186 anthropologically described societies chosen by the sample’s creators to be representative of the world’s cultures.

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Last updated: September 25, 2019


Response Instructions

To RENEW, no response is required from the following libraries.

  • Simon Fraser University - Archaeology, World Cultures
  • University of British Columbia - World Cultures
  • University of Northern British Columbia - World Cultures
  • University of the Fraser Valley - World Cultures
  • University of Victoria - World Cultures

To JOIN or to CANCEL, libraries must contact BC ELN by October 23, 2019.

Terms & Conditions

Additional Information

OCLC Catalog Records for eHRAF Databases

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Libraries who are members of OCLC catalog records for each of the cultures for eHRAF World Cultures and/or eHRAF Archaeology are available in OCLC WorldCat. Since September 2015, catalog record collections for the two databases are also available to OCLC member libraries through OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager.

If your institution has EBSCO Discovery Service and a HRAF membership for eHRAF World Cultures and/or eHRAF Archaeology, you can now get links to eHRAF documents from the Discovery Service.  


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