Mining the Contents of the University of Wisconsin’s Book Series History of Anthropology (12 Volumes, 1983-2010)

Many readers of HAR may already be familiar with the book series History of Anthropology, published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Eleven themed volumes of papers appeared, with volumes one to eight edited by George W. Stocking, Jr. and volumes nine to eleven by Richard Handler. The twelfth and final title, an autobiography by Stocking (who died in 2013), appeared in 2010.

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Latest Additions to Bibliography, March 2024

HAR’s Bibliography Editors are pleased to post our latest additions to the bibliography of works on the history of anthropology. This latest batch of citations includes several titles on linguistic anthropology, including “James Cowles Prichard and the Linguistic Foundations of Ethnology,” as well as biographically-focused pieces on the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Mead, Harry Shapiro, and Alfred Kroeber.

Don’t forget that you can search the Comprehensive Bibliography, which now includes almost 600 unique authors, by keywords including personal names, places, and concepts.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, May 2023

The bibliography section of HAR features citations to recently published works in all formats and covering all aspects of the history of anthropology.  This page displays a comprehensive list of citations that we’ve collected since 2016 (dating back as far as 2013); our recent batches and posts and a search tool are also available separately. You may also browse this list in Zotero.

HAR’s team of bibliography editors was recently expanded from two to four people, and an upside is that we have added expertise in both linguistic anthropology and archaeology, which means we hope to present a more citations in those sub-fields of anthropology in the future.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, January 2023

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

Seven authors new to HAR’s Bibliography are being included here: they are Paul Basu, Paul Dukes, Rita Eder, Albina Girfanova, Keith Hart, Emmanuelle Loyer, and Shalon Parker, writing about colonial anthropology in British West Africa, Vilhjalmur Stefansson in the Arctic, and Miguel Covarrubias’s reliance on the theories on cultural contact of Gordon Eckholm and Robert-Heine-Geldern, among other subjects.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, November 2022

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, January 2022

With this batch of new citations to HAR’s Bibliography page, we mark a milestone!  There are now over 500 authors represented in the bibliography, each one having contributed important scholarship to the discipline of the history of anthropology.  (Our bibliography begins with publications dated 2013; paper issues of History of Anthropology Newsletter, published from 1973 to 2012, each contained a bibliography of relevant publications, and you can see them here.)  

We’ve decided to mark this occasion by briefly highlighting two of the authors appearing in this batch of citations.  Making his first appearance is Paul Henley, an ethnographic filmmaker and now Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.  A prolific writer, Henley has several recent publications included here, including his 2020 book Beyond Observation: A History of Authorship in Ethnographic Film, which is a detailed historical analysis of the authoring of ethnographic films between 1895 and 1915. Our second noted author, already in the bibliography and now represented by an additional two works, is Anthony Q. Hazard, Jr., an assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies department with a courtesy appointment in the History department at Santa Clara University. One of his new articles is concerned with Ashley Montagu and the other with Margaret Mead, and both continue his exploration of “race” in 20th century American history.   

For additional information on works by these authors and others, please see below. 

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, September 2021

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, April 2021

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, March 2021

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Resource Spotlight: International Encyclopedia of Anthropology Foregrounds the History of the Discipline

The History of Anthropology Review (HAR) would like to bring to the attention of our readers the International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, a pioneering reference resource for the field of anthropology and interrelated areas. This online compendium contains over 1000 entries on the discipline’s key concepts, research and techniques–many of which touch on issues related to the history and histories of anthropology. HAR’s Bibliographies editor, Janet Steins, has kindly put together a brief summary of this resource.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, December 2020

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, August 2020

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, May 2020

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, March 2020

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Latest Additions to the Bibliography, October 2019

This page displays our most recent batch of citations; a comprehensive bibliography of citations we’ve collected since 2016 (going back as far as 2013) and a search tool are also available.

We welcome suggestions from readers. If you come across something of interest during your own fieldwork in the library, whether that be physical or virtual, please let us know by emailing us at bibliographies@histanthro.org.

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Introducing Generative Texts

At the American Anthropological Association Meeting in 2017, Sydel Silverman humbly asked Janet Steins, a HAN bibliography editor, if her 2002 book The Beast on the Table: Conferencing with Anthropologists could be included in our publication’s ever-evolving online bibliography.  Because our cutoff date for publications is 2013 or later, we were forced to decline. Fortunately, Silverman’s inquiry kicked off lengthy discussions among the HAN editorial collective concerning how we might bring the attention of our readers to important, provocative, and influential texts published at any time in the past which have generated discussions and new lines of thought for researchers and others interested in the history of anthropology. The recent and unfortunate passing of Silverman in March 2019 spurred these discussions and our desire to devise ways of better accounting for important works that have fallen through our cataloguing sieve. After many months of deliberation and collaboration, we are pleased to introduce a new subsection to the Bibliography page: Generative Texts.

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Archival Developments


Our ability to explore the history of anthropology in a substantive and empirical manner hinges upon access to primary and secondary source material. Since HAN was established in 1973, anthropologically relevant archives have gone through multiple material transformations that shape the way we do the history of anthropology.  Today an anthropological archival collection might be fully digitized, however it remains much more likely that only parts of it or only a detailed description of its contents are accessible online. For those readers less familiar with archival collections and how to locate and access them, some basic resources and strategies might be useful.

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