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

The Franz Boas Papers Project

Welcome!  The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition is a major research initiative that reassesses and re-contextualizes the papers of preeminent anthropologist Franz Boas. His 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 highlights the importance of Boas’ fieldwork on Baffin Island and the Northwest Coast and is a comprehensive and essential resource for Boas researchers in a range of disciplines. Available both in print and electronically with digital resources, the Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition will make the original writings of the founding figure of North American anthropology more accessible than ever before. 

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.