Franz Boas PapersWestern Social Science
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    Influential: Boas was pivotal to the development of American Anthropology

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    Our Team: The Boas Papers brings together a diverse, interdisciplinary team

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    Documentary Edition: Find out about upcoming volumes

Franz Boas Papers

Welcome!  The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition is major new research initiative that reassesses and re-contextualizes the papers of preeminent anthropologist Franz Boas. Boas’ ideas about race, language, culture and ethnography were pivotal in the development of American anthropology, however his Canadian fieldwork has largely been ignored by scholars. This documentary edition will highlight the importance of Boas’ fieldwork on Baffin Island and the Northwest Coast while also serving as comprehensive and essential resource for Boas researchers.

Project Director Regna Darnell has assembled an international, interdisciplinary team that reflects the diversity of Boas’ interests. Awarded a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Partnership Grant in the spring of 2013, the documentary edition will produce 17 to 25 volumes over the next ten years. Available both in print and electronically, the Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition will make the original writings of the founding figure of North American anthropology more accessible than ever before.  Partners include the American Philosophical Society, which holds the majority of Boas’ papers, the University of Nebraska Press, the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Tribal Council, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Victoria as well as scholars and student researchers based in Canada, the United States and Europe. The Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) of the Franz Boas Papers Documentary Edition Project (FBP), comprised of Indigenous scholars representing member universities of the FBP as well as Indigenous communities/organizations, advises the FBP team on matters of cultural sensitivity, Indigenous intellectual property, and community-based research protocols and partnerships, and will take the lead on volumes focusing on contemporary Indigenous research pertinent to Boas-related archival collections.   

We welcome feedback and suggestions from Indigenous and non-indigenous scholars, organizations and communities to ensure that publications and resources concerning the Franz Boas Papers will be as useful and relevant as possible.   


Click here for the Western News Release about the Franz Boas Papers SSHRC grant.

 For information on upcoming volumes, click here.