Penn Libraries News Center

History of Anthropology Newsletter relaunches as open access ejournal

History of Anthropology Newsletter has relaunched as an open access online journal after a four-year hiatus. In addition, the complete backfile, 1973 to 2012, is now available free online in the Penn Libraries ScholarlyCommons.

History of Anthropology Newsletter is intended to connect historians of anthropology in all its geographical, institutional, and disciplinary varieties. To serve as a forum for current research, HAN‘s format includes sections on field notes, notes and queries, book reviews and announcements of new or interesting works, conference announcements. The relaunched journal continues the entertaining series, Clio’s Fancy, “archival oddities which raise the historical eyebrow”.

Penn’s rich heritage in anthropological research is reflected in the editorial genealogy of History of Anthropology Newsletter. The journal’s founding chief editor in 1973 was late Penn Anthropology PhD George W. Stocking, Jr. (GR’60), with Penn colleagues serving among its supporting editors. HAN‘s chief editorship passed to the late Penn History and Sociology of Science professor Henrika Kuklick in 2004. Both editors died in 2013, but the relaunched HAN editor in chief is John Tresch, Penn History and Sociology of Science professor.

The digitized open access  HAN backfile has been produced through grant support from Penn’s Price Lab for Digital Humanities and the Mellon Foundation and with behind-the-scences work contributed by the Penn Libraries’s Special Collections Curator Mitch Fraas and Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communications and Digital Repository Librarian, and her staff who assisted in collating, digitizing, processing, and posting the online versions of mimeographed or word-processed and photocopied issues of the 1973-2012 backfile for ScholarlyCommons.