Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)
How to research an ethnic group:
1. Look up the group's name in the index of the Outline of World
Cabinet 59, Drawer 8-10 HRAF OWC
Note the letter/number code for
the group --e.g. NF6 for Blackfoot.
Check the description of the
group--Is this what you are looking for?
2. Check the list of groups by code
to see if Truman has information on this group.
3. Look in Microfiche Cabinet 59, Drawers 8-10. They are arranged
by the group code.
On the left side of the fiche is
the category or topic number:
Category 116 will have copies of the complete documents on this people group.
Categories 121+ will have excerpts from these documents arranged by cultural
Paragraphs and pages from the original documents are cut and pasted
and arranged by these category numbers--The numbers for the categories
of cultural topics can be found in the Outline of Cultural Materials
How to research a specific
1. Look up the term for the topic in the index to the Outline of
Cultural Materials (OCM)
Location: Microfiche Cabinet 59,
Drawer 8-10 HRAF OCM
Note the category definition of
the topic in the text of the OCM. Make sure this
type of information you want to study.
2. To identify which cultures in HRAF exhibit your topic, check the
topic's category number
in the Index to the Human
Relations Area Files (Location: MicroRef GN 25 I54).
Under each category number, the
letter/number codes of the ethnic groups are
listed with source and author
information. The more sources listed, the more
prominent the topic is in the
3. Look in Microfiche Cabinet 59, Drawers 8-10. Locate the ethnic
group by letter/number.
topic/category number on the upper left corner of the fiche.
fiche in the reader and find the excerpts from the documents that pertain to
Note: When you are compiling your bibliography, you may refer to
Category 111 in each
group. This category contains full bibliographic references for all of the
in the microfiche.
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