Live webinars for eHRAF databases

seminar photo HRAF at Yale University is a membership-supported nonprofit organization committed to developing dynamic, expertly indexed and curated online anthropological databases. Our mission is to promote understanding of cultural diversity and commonality in the past and present. As the largest anthropological data bank in the world, eHRAF features global samples of cultures and traditions, with ethnographic and archaeological data subject-indexed at the paragraph level. In our live webinars, you can learn more about the eHRAF databases, including how cultures and traditions are organized by regions, sub-regions, samples, and subsistence types. First developed in the 1930s by George Peter Murdock, a cultural anthropologist at Yale University, HRAF’s unique culture/tradition classification and subject indexing systems continue to provide the framework for our online databases, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology. A typical 60-minute eHRAF webinar usually consists of the following parts:

Part I (20 minutes) overview of eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology

  • Mutual introductions
  • General description of HRAF – our organization, homepage, member-based and open access services, monthly newsletter, and help feature (

Part II (20 minutes) – sample basic and advanced searches

  • Browse subjects and cultures or traditions
  • Basic search and advanced search
  • Saving your search results including meta data

Part III (20 minutes) – coverage customized to the specific needs of faculty, librarians, or researchers


Our webinars will provide more information about how to make the best use of the following resources:

We look forward to meeting with you! Matthew Longcore   Director of Membership and Outreach   Human Relations Area Files at Yale University