AMNH Publications now open access

The American Museum of Natural History has recently launched a “new website”: which makes available for free its scientific publications. This includes its “Antrhopological Papers”: as well as the older “memoir series”: which contains more than a few classical anthropological pieces, like those of “Franz”: “Boas”: and “George Hunt”:, “Robert Lowie”: (particularly well represented) and “Alfred Kroeber”: “Kwakiutl texts”: anyone (warning: 4 megabyte PDF)? All we need is the Canadian Department of Mines to digitize their anthropological memoirs and Time Perspective in Aboriginal American Culture, A Study In Method will finally be at the world’s fingertips!

I could poke around all day in the AMNH’s collection. Much thanks to AMNH for making this trove of texts available using MIT’s “DSpace”: software.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

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