HRAF Membership, Trials & Dues

Thank you for your interest in the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) and our databases, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology. As a small, nonprofit, and financially autonomous membership organization, HRAF is more than a database provider. In addition to providing unlimited on and off campus access to our databases for member institutions, we provide personalized support for librarians, researchers, faculty, and students. Annual membership dues depend on whether your institution joins HRAF as a Regular Associate Member or through affiliation with a consortium as a Consortia Associate Member.

Sponsoring Membership

As a 70 year old membership based organization, we are indebted to the service of our sponsoring member institutions across the globe. Sponsoring members play a vital role in HRAF governance by determining goals, policy, and dues at annual board meetings. Sponsoring members pay additional annual dues of $2155 over regular or consortium dues. HRAF covers costs of travel to the annual board meetings. Our current sponsoring members are listed below. If you are interested in becoming a sponsoring member, please get in touch here. For the names of sponsoring member representatives, please see About HRAF.

Arizona State University, Tempe
California State University, Fullerton
University of Colorado, Boulder
George Mason University, Fairfax
University of Florida, Gainesville
Harvard University, Cambridge
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Iowa, Iowa City
University of Kent, Canterbury
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Lawrence University, Appleton
Max Planck Institute- Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
University of Notre Dame, Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Texas A&M University, College Station
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Yale University, New Haven

Sign up for a Trial

Institutional Trial

Interested in trying out eHRAF at your institution? We offer 60-day trials for institutions interested in using eHRAF World Cultures or eHRAF Archaeology for teaching and research. Sign up here.

Individual Trial

Interested in trying out eHRAF World Cultures or eHRAF Archaeology as an individual researcher, faculty member, or student? We offer short term 30-day trials for individuals. Sign up here.

Regular Associate Membership

Academic institutions including universities or colleges (4-year), community colleges (2-year), and high schools may become Regular Associate Members with access to eHRAF World Cultures and/or eHRAF Archaeology. Regular Associate Membership dues vary by institution type and library budget. Dues are based on the previous academic year’s annual library budget for material expenditures. This includes all library expenditures, e.g. books, periodicals, electronic resources, supplies and equipment, preservation, etc., but excludes salaries.

More information about Regular Associate Membership dues can be found here.

Consortia Associate Membership

Academic institutions including universities or colleges (4-year) and community colleges (2-year) that are part of an organized consortium may be eligible for consortium dues. A list of our current Library Consortia Partnerships can be found here. Dues are based on the institution’s FTE (“full-time equivalency”) for the previous academic year and includes all undergraduates, graduate, and professional students.

More information about Consortia Associate Membership dues can be found here.

Other Categories of Membership

Researching a topic or teaching a course that could benefit from eHRAF access? We offer individual membership and single term course membership at special rates. We also offer long memberships for institutions at discounted dues. Other categories of membership include public libraries, museums, Native American institutions, and special countries.

Membership dues for the categories listed below can be found here.

  • Independent Researcher Membership
  • Course Membership
  • Long Term Membership
  • Small Research Institute Membership
  • Public Library and Museum Membership
  • Native American Institutional Membership
  • Special Country Membership